Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are set to be installed at paid parking zones throughout Dubai, as announced on Friday. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has entered into an agreement to expand the number of its EV ‘Green Charger’ stations in key locations managed by Parkin, the largest provider of paid public parking facilities in the Emirate.

“By April 2024, the number of EVs in Dubai had surpassed 30,000,” stated Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa. He also mentioned that this number is anticipated to grow in the coming years. Al Tayer added, “By the end of March 2024, the number of registered customers in the EV Green Charger initiative had exceeded 15,000.”

Parkin had previously expressed its interest in capitalizing on opportunities in the EV sector. “Due to the time required for recharging electric vehicles with clean energy, our parking facilities will play a crucial role in facilitating the transition to EVs. Our extensive parking network will provide convenient access to charging services, thereby encouraging EV adoption,” they explained. They further highlighted, “The integration of EV charging into our facilities aligns with our growth strategy and presents a significant opportunity to enhance the capabilities of our platform.”

The company currently oversees more than 197,000 parking spaces in Dubai. Since 2015, the EV Green Charger initiative has facilitated a total electric vehicle distance of approximately 130 million kilometres up to the end of March 2024.

Upon registering their EV with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai, customers receive an EV Green Charger account from Dewa, enabling them to charge their EV within one hour. Additionally, all customers, including unregistered ones, have the option to utilize the guest mode feature for charging their EVs.