Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has announced that it is extending its current free charging incentive for electric vehicles till the end of 2021.

However, the extension only applies to non-commercial users, who register for the EV Green Charger Initiative.

This incentive is exclusive to Dewa’s public charging stations and does not include home charging stations. Commercial registered users such as government, semi-government, and private organisations will be charged the tariff of 29 fils per kilowatt hour, effective from the 1st of January 2020.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa, said: “Dewa seeks to increase the number of hybrid and electric vehicles in Dubai, which supports the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030 and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021 to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector.”

“Dewa encourages individuals and the community to use sustainable transportation. Since Dewa launched the EV Green Charger Initiative in 2015 and its associated free charging incentive, there has been a significant increase in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles in Dubai.”

“Due to the positive response, we decided to extend the free charging incentive for the owners of non-commercial electric vehicles until the 31st of December 2021. The huge turnout from the community encourages us to launch further initiatives to secure a more sustainable future for generations to come,” Al Tayer added.

Additionally, Dewa is working on implementing the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative to promote the use of electric and hybrid vehicles. The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy launched this initiative as per a directive in 2016 to motivate organisations that are under its umbrella.

Dewa hopes to increase the number of hybrid and electric vehicles, and to contribute to the sustainable development of the emirate by reducing carbon emissions in ground transport, which is the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in Dubai.