Wed 22-03-2017 22:05 PM

Dubai Silicon Oasis opens electric vehicle charging stations for free public use

DUBAI, 22nd March, 2017 (WAM) -- Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, DSOA, the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis, DSO, the integrated free zone technology park, launched a new initiative that allows electric vehicle owners to use charging stations on its premises free of charge from 22nd March until the end of the year.

As part of its aim to encourage people to purchase or rent zero-emission electric cars, DSOA is granting free use of the charging stations to the public. The stations will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.

The initiative follows a series of projects implemented by the authority in line with Dubai Clean Energy Strategy, which promotes energy efficiency while reducing operational costs, with the ultimate objective of shaping Dubai into a city with the world’s smallest carbon footprint by 2050.

Commenting on the announcement, engineer Muammar Al Katheeri, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Smart City at DSOA, said, "We are keen to support the vision of our wise leadership to transform Dubai into a sustainable and environment-friendly city by reducing carbon emissions. A pillar of our business model, sustainability allows us to contribute to strengthening the emirate’s position as a leading global example for achieving the highest standards in environment conservation."

Reiterating DSOA’s support for the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy, Al Katheeri emphasised that the authority is committed to its comprehensive CSR strategy based on three main pillars: environment, human capital and community.

"DSOA will continue to develop environment-friendly programs and initiatives in order to raise awareness about the concept of sustainability among the public," he added.

Dubai Silicon Oasis currently has three electric vehicle charging stations installed on its premises, each of which can charge up to two vehicles at once. Aiming to increase the count to seven by 2018, DSOA also continues to implement Green Charger, an electric vehicle charging station infrastructure initiative launched by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA.

In addition, the authority recently introduced four electric vehicles, used by on-ground security patrols and attending facility management units within Dubai Silicon Oasis. DSOA recently received two Golf GTE plug-in hybrid models from Al Nabooda Automobiles, the official distributor of Volkswagen in Dubai and the Northern Emirates for use by Engineering Management and Smart City team within DSO.

Through several smart and environment-friendly projects, DSOA has already surpassed the goals set for Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 and succeeded in reducing its cumulative energy consumption by 31 percent.