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Intersolar to highlight Middle East EV opportunities

Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai at night

Recent incentives planned by host city Dubai are helping driving new interest in EVs

Intersolar, one of the Middle East’s biggest solar energy conferences, will take place this September in Dubai. AS the region steps up efforts to promote renewables, this year’s event will include a special session on EVs.

Intersolar’s host city, Dubai, is notable for its efforts to spur EV adoption. A new incentive programme was launched by the Ministry of Energy in May, encouraging motorists to buy zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) through the provision of green bank loans, green insurance plans, “attractive EV prices” and “green registration of vehicles.”

“We are working on a road map to expedite a 15% reduction by 2020 of carbon emissions,” said UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Mohammad Faraj Al Mazroui. The plan also includes 10% and 20% targets for EV adoption within the government’s own fleet.

“The new platform is also good news for consumers,” added Al Mazroui, “because it is cooperating with banks, car companies and insurance firms to help educate potential electric vehicle buyers on the benefits of going green to reduce greenhouse gases in the UAE.”

However, the administrating body Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is still to provide firm details of how these incentives will work, or the amounts that will be offered.

In support of the push, DEWA will also double the number of EV charging stations provided across Dubai to 200, as part of the second phase of its “Green Charger” initiative.

Corporate interest is building. Tesla is set to open its first service centre in Dubai this year, after taking an order for 200 Model S and Model X electric vehicles for the city’s taxi and government fleet. The police department has commissioned a fleet of BMW i3 electric cars – as well as some intriguing robotic police cars – while Volkswagen, Toyota, Renault and Lexus are actively testing ZEVs in the region.

Intersolar’s session will be held on Wednesday September 27, and will cover recent and future market developments in the world’s leading electric vehicle markets.

“The special EV session of the Intersolar Middle East Conference will address the possible expansion scenarios to be examined, including domestic strategies to stimulate demand for electric vehicles, existing support schemes and legislative factors,” said Clean Energy Business Council CEO Stephane Le Gentil.


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