An electric vehicle (or EV for short) is an automobile that is powered by electricity rather than liquid fuels like gasoline.
Most EV’s do this by storing that electric energy in a battery, similar to a fuel tank for petrol, to power the motor that moves the car.
Driving electric means you can go from 0 to 100km/h faster than its petrol counterparts.
Unlike gasoline cars, electric cars maximize driveline efficiency and generate 100% torque from 0 RPM giving you instant response when you push the pedal.
With the second-highest ratio of public charging stations per EVs in the world, the UAE is the perfect place to own an electric car.
With over 650 AC chargers available, you can now charge at your home, office, or public spaces, while you sleep, work or shop. You will also be able to find rapid DC chargers which will allow you to charge as quickly as 200km in 15 minutes.
With constantly improving battery technology, you can now drive further than ever before.
Some electric cars can drive up to 700km, which is two round trips between Dubai and Abu Dhabi on a single charge.
The lifecycle of an EV is much more environmentally friendly than its gasoline-equivalent.
Electric Vehicles can save an average of 20% of CO2 for every kilometer driven in comparison to their gasoline counterparts, and up to 100% if the electric grid is operated solely on renewable energy.
Electric cars alo have many challenges as compared to traditional gasoline cars.
A few drawbacks that we at EV Lab are looking to solve.
Bringing in vehicles into a country with relatively low oil prices is always a challenge, with the cost effectiveness of EVs becoming harder to justify due to their higher upfront cost. In addition, due to low taxes on vehicles, there is little incentive that can be provided for individual sales of EV’s.
However, the UAE has set its sights on big targets when it comes to sustainable mobility, with 30% of the fleet to be electrified by 2030 in the UAE.
To this end, the government gives plenty of incentives to people looking to buy. They include:
- Free registration of EV’s
- Free parking spots across Dubai
- Free Salik Tag
- Free charging at DEWA stations until 2021