The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has initiated a programme to regularly disinfect its electric-vehicle Green Chargers at petrol stations.

The move is said to be in response to a significant increase in the number of electric vehicles in Dubai, since DEWA launched the Green Charger initiative with incentives in 2014.

The programme is being undertaken in collaboration with Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), and is said to support DEWA’s participation in the National Disinfection Programme.

The utility company said that the health and safety of citizens and residents is one of its top priorities, as it undertakes all the necessary and precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, in line with the directives of the country’s leadership and the recommendations of the World Health Organisation.

“The National Disinfection Programme has been successful thanks to the concerted efforts of individuals and organisations and the awareness of all citizens, residents, and visitors who have been responsible and stayed home. DEWA has undertaken a number of precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its customers and employees, while continuing to deliver electricity and water services according to the highest standards of availability, reliability and efficiency,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

DEWA is said to have installed over 240 electric-vehicle charging stations across Dubai. It has extended free charging until December 31, 2021 for non-commercial users registered in the EV Green Charger Initiative.

Al Tayer added, “We have in place a plan to regularly sterilise our facilities, according to the highest international and health standards, using high-quality approved disinfectants and sterilisers to ensure the health and safety of all staff.”

The initiative is exclusive to public charging stations and does not apply to home chargers, DEWA noted.