Abu Dhabi announces electric vehicle charging policy

Arab Post staff

Abu Dhabi has taken a significant step forward in creating the framework to achieve the country’s Net Zero strategic initiative by 2050 with the release of the regulatory policy for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the emirate.

Announced today by the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE), the policy sets out the stipulations and criteria for establishing a network of electric vehicle charging stations in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Included are the principles of ownership, installation and management of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), the supply of electricity to EVSE and the pricing mechanism for end customers.

Aimed to support the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s transition to carbon neutrality over the next three decades, and in line with Abu Dhabi’s development vision, the policy foresees a gradual increase in the use of electric vehicles on the roads of Abu Dhabi in the years to come.

The DoE policy supports Abu Dhabi’s low-emission vehicle strategy to diversify the energy sources used in the transition to electrification. It recognizes that there is an ongoing global movement towards the use of electric vehicles which are charged from the electricity grid, which – as the energy mix evolves – allows for increased use of clean energy for transport and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide. emissions and other pollutants.

At present, the adoption of electric vehicles in Abu Dhabi is still in its infancy, but the DoE has predicted that these technical developments in the near future will likely lead to increased customer demand for these vehicles which will likely become common in the emirate. over the next decade and beyond.

A major hurdle for customers buying electric vehicles is “range anxiety”, that is, they worry that they won’t be able to find a place to charge their electric vehicle when they need it. use away from home. The policy will enable the necessary investment in this electric vehicle charging infrastructure and help to address this range anxiety. This in turn should encourage consumers to buy and use electric vehicles in the emirate.

Alongside the DoE, the stakeholders responsible for implementing the policy include a number of Abu Dhabi government entities, including the Department of Municipalities and Transport, Integrated Transport Hub, Department of Economic Development , Emirates Water and Electricity Company, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Al Ain Distribution Company, ADNOC Distribution Company and Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council.

The Abu Dhabi Executive Council approved the Low Emission Vehicle Strategy in 2016. Formulated by the Ministry of Municipalities and Transport, the strategy aims to support the adoption of low emission vehicles in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Dhabi as the world embarks on a new energy. paradigm.

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