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April  21  2014  |  Last  updated  1  minute  ago Business  |  General

Electric  car  charging stations  coming  to Dubai Dewa  to  deploy  infrastructure  for  electric vehicles,  says  CEO  at  Wetex  2014 By  Zaher  BitarSenior  Reporter Published:  19:28  April  14,  2014

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Shaikh  Ahmad  Bin  Saeed  Al  Maktoum,  the  chairman  of Dubai  Supreme  Council  of  Energy,  visited  Empower’s stand  at  the  16th  edition  of  Water,  Energy,  Technology and  Environment  Exhibition  (WETEX)  2014,  and reviewed  the  company’s  current  projects  and  future plans.

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Dubai:  Electric  car  charging  stations  are  being  planned across  Dubai. Dubai  Electricity  and  Water  Authority  (Dewa)  is preparing  to  deploy  infrastructure  and  charging  stations for  electric  vehicles  in  support  of  the  Smart  Dubai initiative,  according  to  said  Saeed  Al  Tayer,  Managing Director  and  CEO. He  revealed  the  plan  at  the  Water,  Energy,  Technology and  Environment  Exhibition  (Wetex)  2014  in  Dubai  on Monday. Dewa  will  instal  and  manage  the  infrastructure  and operation  of  electric  vehicles,  according  to  Al  Tayer. In  phase  one  of  the  project,  Dewa  will  install  100 charging  stations  across  Dubai,  starting  in  the  second quarter  of  2014.  It  will  be  completed  a  year  later, according  to  Al  Tayer. “This  initiative  will  decrease  air  pollution  and  protect  the environment  against  the  impact  caused  by  transport sectors  in  the  emirate,”  he  said. Related  Links Dh1b  Dubai  solar  park  phase  two  opened Drydocks  World  to  build  CJ  54  rigs

Al  Tayer  said  the  project  includes  establishing  charging stations  for  vehicles  in  various  areas  of  Dubai  and  to enhance  grid  efficiency. This  will  included  establishing  the  required infrastructure  in  collaboration  with  several  stakeholders, including  car  manufacturers,  airports,  malls,  petrol stations,  the  Road  and  Transport  Authority,  hotels,  car parks  and  others." This  will  require  coordination  with  Dubai  municipality and  customers’  representative  and  other  stakeholders, he  added.

While  Al  Tayer  said  that  it  is  to  early  to  decide  when  the second  and  third  phases  of  the  project  will  be implemented,  he  said  that  additional  charging  stations and  infrastructure  expansion  will  take  place  to  include all  Dubai’s  areas. “At  the  completion  of  this  project,  people  will  be  able  to charge  their  electrical  car  wherever  they  are,  home, office,  mall  or  somewhere  else,”  he  said. Shaikh  Ahmad  Bin  Saeed  Al  Maktoum,  the  chairman  of Dubai  Supreme  Council  of  Energy,  inaugurated  the 16th  edition  of  Wetex  in  Dubai  on  Monday. With  the  company  of  top  government  officials  and professionals  in  the  field,  Shaikh  Ahmad  toured  the exhibition  which  covers  47,230  square  meters  in  nine halls  of  the  World  Exhibition  and  Convention  Centre. Over  15,000  exhibitors  from  40  countries  participated  in this  year’s  Wetex,  which  will  last  for  three  days  and focus  on  sustainability  and  a  road  map  for  a  green economy. This  year  the  exhibition  is  featuring  a  SmarTech shopper  for  consumers  under  the  theme  ‘For  a  Better Life’. “The  aim  of  SmarTech  Shopper  is  to  educate consumers  about  the  eco-­friendly  household appliances  and  products,”  said  Saeed  Al  Tayer, Managing  Director  and  CEO  of  Dubai  Electricity  and Water  Authority  (Dewa).  “And  it  will  offer  a  special discount  on  these  products  for  consumers.” Dewa  has  also  held  the  inaugural  Green  Week  event as  part  of  Wetex  to  raise  awareness  of  the  rational consumption  of  electricity  and  water. Smart  Dubai  initiative  aims  to  transform  Dubai  into  the smartest  city  in  the  world  in  the  coming  three  years

through  100  initiatives  and  100  services  to  enhance  the quality  of  life  in  the  emirate. The  initiative’s  plan  is  based  on  six  main  sectors  which are  centered  around  achieving  a  smarter  economy, lifestyle,  transportation,  governance  and  environment. “Dewa  is  fully  prepared  to  turn  this  vision  into  reality  by offering  new  smart  initiatives  and  services  to  the community  of  Dubai  through  the  solar  panel  drive, which  supplies  all  homes  and  buildings  with  renewable energy,  and  the  smart  applications  initiative,  which  will give  customers  access  to  the  smart  grid  and  meters," said  Al  Tayer.

Electric car charging stations coming to Dubai