Dubai: The push to plug Dubai into the global green economy continues as more charging stations are set up at petrol stations to charge the growing trend of electric cars hitting the streets.
On Sunday, Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), a wholly-owned entity of the Government of Dubai, stated that it had installed seven electrical vehicle charging stations at Enoc/Eppco service stations across Dubai.
The new charging units promote sustainability and are in line with the Dubai Government’s Smart City strategy, the energy firm said.
With partners Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), the first seven charging stations were completed and commissioned in Enoc/Eppco petrol stations in February, while two more units will be installed at new sites currently under construction in Dubai.
Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, vice-chairman of Enoc Group and managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, said, “This project highlights our commitment to sustainability and our strategy to promote the use of electric cars, in line with the Dubai Government’s Smart City initiative. We are thankful to Enoc for its support in providing their facilities to establish the infrastructure needed to facilitate the implementation,” he said in a statement released on Sunday.
Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Enoc Group CEO, said: “The incorporation of electric charging units at our service stations underlines our commitment to protect the environment as well as our support to the government sector in its efforts to achieve the emirate’s sustainable development goals. We are proud to cooperate with Dewa, and the Government of Dubai, by offering our wide network of service stations to build the infrastructure needed to apply this visionary initiative.”
Dewa launched the electric-vehicle charging stations programme last year in support of the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. Electric-vehicle charging stations promote sustainable personal transportation and preserve natural resources.
In February 2015, Dewa launched its first charging station for electric cars at its headquarters.
Enoc is a strong participant in environmental protection, promoting the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a clean and green fuel of choice that supports the Green Economy for Sustainable Development vision of the UAE through EMGAS. Enoc also owns and operates a ‘green service station’ in Dubai, the first of its kind in the region.