Dubai: Residents in Dubai can now drive an electric car without the cost of purchasing one.
On Sunday, the online car rental company SelfDrive.ae announced the launch of a new segment of electric cars to its fleet.
The new fleet of cars will consist of the Renault Zoe All Electric Car at an introductory price of Dh5 an hour with a minimum billing cycle of 24 hours, with a range of 250 kilometres per day.
The electric cars can also be reserved for a day, week or for a monthly lease.
Speaking about the introduction of electric cars to its fleet, Soham Shah, founder and director at Pinewoods Technology Services Dubai, said: “We are thankful to the Road Transport Authority and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) for collaborating to incentivize electric cars by allowing free charging across all Dewa car charging stations, free parking and Salik tags.”
Shah added that electric car users will also have the advantage of charging their car for free at any of the 90 charging stations offered by the Dewa.
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Last September, Gulf News reported that new electric vehicles (EV) buyers will be able to charge their vehicles for free at Dewa-approved stations until 2019, use free designated green parking in Dubai, get free electric vehicle registration and renewal fees as well as a free Salik tag and a licence plate sticker identifying the vehicle as an electric car.
Earlier, Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, said, “Under the umbrella of the Supreme Energy Council, Dewa is working on implementing the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative to promote the use of electric and hybrid vehicles.
"This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 for Dubai to have the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050 and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy to slash carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2021.”