Tips to buy an Electric Car in Dubai

Over the years, the country has made significant investments in EV infrastructure and provided numerous incentives to encourage more people to switch to electric vehicles. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has provided free parking spaces and Salik tags to electric vehicle owners.

DEWA created the EV Green Charger Initiative to make Dubai one of the world’s smartest and greenest cities. The project, which began in 2015, planned to build public electric vehicle charging stations throughout Dubai.

The goal of installing these EV charging stations is to encourage people to switch from conventional to electric automobiles. It is also seen as a significant step toward Dubai’s strategic goal of lowering carbon emissions.

EVs are cleaner, quieter, less expensive to maintain, and better for the environment overall.

Until the end of 2019, charging your electric vehicle at any of Dubai’s public charging stations is free. At the moment, there are 100 charging stations spread over Dubai, with the number anticipated to increase by the end of next year.

Procedure to buy an Electric Car in Dubai

1. Check the range of EV

The new electric automobiles have a substantially longer range (kilometers per charge) than their predecessors, although it is still less than a conventional car. And until the number of charging stations in Dubai catches up to the number of gas stations, you may experience range anxiety when driving an electric vehicle.

Another thing to keep in mind is that EV batteries degrade more quickly in hotter environments, and we all know how hot Dubai can get.

2. Duration of charging an electric vehicle

Electric car drivers must be patient because charging an EV takes far longer than filling a gas-powered vehicle. So, unless you have a garage space to charge your car overnight, you’ll have to spend 30 to 45 minutes each day at a public charging station, depending on the kind and model you buy.

3. Is it possible to install Charger at home for an electric vehicle?

Another practical consideration is whether you will be able to install a charger at home for an overnight charge. Home chargers are an advantage to have even if they are not strictly necessary, especially since travel lengths such as morning and afternoon commutes are relatively low in the GCC compared to the USA.

4. Is it feasible to buy an electric vehicle?

Do some study to see if an electric vehicle is right for you. The good news is that many EV models, such as Tesla’s, are now on par with established brands like BMW and Cadillac in terms of style, power, and comfort.

What Documents are required to buy an EV?

  • UAE residence visa.
  • Emirates ID.
  • Passport copy.
  • Car insurance agreement copy.
  • Valid driving license.
  • Inspection certificate obtained from an authorized Vehicle Testing Centre.

What are the cares required in an electric car?

1. Cost of charging EV

It is dependent on the capacity of the battery. The cost was 29 Fills per kWh as of November 2020. (kilowatt-hour).

2. Check the charging stations

Across Dubai, DEWA has constructed nearly 300 charging stations, including ones in Hatta. Customers who have enrolled for the EV Green Charger project can charge their vehicles at DEWA’s charging station by scanning a QR code. The EV Green Charging card is also available to customers.

DEWA will give free charging to non-commercial EV users that sign up for the scheme until December 31, 2021.

3. Maintenance Cost

Electric vehicles require less upkeep than gasoline or diesel vehicles. BEVs, for example, have fewer moving components than a standard gasoline-powered vehicle. This means that systems like starting motors, exhaust pipes, radiators, fuel injection machinery, and other comparable parts will require less maintenance and will be less expensive.

What are the Advantages of buying an electric car?

1. Less running cost

Electric vehicles are often less expensive to operate than diesel or gasoline vehicles. The amount of electricity necessary to charge an electric automobile is around one-third of the quantity of gasoline required to run the same car for one kilometer.

2. Environmentally  Conscious

Electric automobiles are being advocated for reasons, one of which is their ability to reduce carbon emissions. Electric automobiles are critical in reducing air pollution because they emit no exhaust. EVs are chosen for environmental reasons because traditional automobiles emit a lot of waste gas emissions.

Furthermore, EVs convert 95% of electric energy to motion, whereas internal combustion engines only convert 30% of energy to motion, with 70% of that energy being lost to the environment as noise or heat.

3. Good for health

Electric vehicles are also beneficial to one’s health. On the one hand, lower gas emissions mean cleaner air to breathe, which means fewer airborne diseases and health problems; on the other hand, quieter cars mean less noise pollution.

4. Option of Free Charging

The Green Charger Initiative allows DEWA to give free charging to electric vehicles that are registered. The promotion began in September 2017 and ended in December 2019. Due to its good influence on the uptake of electric vehicles in Dubai, and extended until December 31st, 2021. This deal, however, is only available to non-commercial customers and is limited to public charging stations only, not home charging.

5. Safe to drive

Electric vehicles of the future are expected to have a lower center of gravity, making them more difficult to flip over. Electric cars may also be less prone to catastrophic fires or explosions, and their body structure and durability may make them safer in the event of an accident, assuring a safer ride.

Models of electric cars running in Dubai

1. CHEVROLET

Energy consumption: 30 kWh to travel 100 miles
Speed: 100kph in 7.3s
Cost: the starting price of AED 168,900

2. Tesla

Energy consumption: 50 kWh to travel 100 miles
Speed: 100kph in 2.7s
Cost: the starting price of AED 166,900
Cost of Charging: average AED 23 for a full charge.

3. BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AG (BMW)

Energy consumption:  20 to 16 kWh/100km
Speed: 100kph in 2.7s
Cost: starting price of AED 166,900
Cost of Charging: average Dh29 per full charge

4. NISSAN

Energy consumption:  164 Wh/km
Speed: 100kph in 6.8s
Cost: the starting price of AED 72,820
Cost of Charging: 29 fils/kWh

5. PORSCHE

Energy consumption:  229 Wh/km
Speed: 100kph in 2.8s
Cost : AED 362,000

6. JAGUAR

Energy consumption:  90 kWh
Speed: 100kph in 4.8s
Cost : AED 323,000

 

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