Dubai is constantly creating breakthroughs to offer luxury and comfort without having to disrupt the environment. One such initiative is the introduction of electric vehicles (EV) and electric car charging stations in Dubai.
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum is an Emirati politician and the Chairman of Dubai Holding, responsible for Dubai’s remarkable economic development for more than 25 years. His vision is to turn Dubai into the smartest and happiest city in the world by switching to more sustainable green transportation. He encourages the public to switch from petrol/fuel cars to electric vehicles.
With this vision, DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority), the electricity provider in Dubai, took the lead in installing several electric car charging stations in Dubai across different locations. This initiative was launched to help Dubai achieve a carbon reduction of 16% by 2021, reduce the reliance on oil, and preserve and protect the resource for exports.
From the benefits to the locations of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Emirate, this article has everything you need to know.
DEWA’s Green Charger Initiative – Electric Car Charging Stations in Dubai
DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) introduced the EV Green Charger Initiative in 2015 with the key directive to reduce carbon emissions. To increase mobility and ease, DEWA launched around 300 electric car charging stations across the Emirate, equivalent to 560 charging points. These include government hospitals, airports, petrol stations, commercial spaces, clinics, shopping malls, residential complexes and other public spaces.
With the EV Green Charger in motion, Dubai has 5,107 registered electric car owners as of January 31, 2022, from 71 on December 31, 2015. The increase in environmentally-friendly electric cars in Dubai has already started to have a positive impact.
As per DEWA reports, the electric vehicles in Dubai have been on the roads since 2015 and have a record of more than 58 million kilometres of travel, with a 73% reduction in refuelling costs. Moreover, the EV Green Charger initiative has provided more than 8,800 MWh (megawatt-hours) to its users, equivalent to the annual energy capture of some wind turbines.
Are you wondering where to begin from? Keep scrolling for more information on how to charge your electric car at charging stations.
Create an EV Account with DEWA
Once the registration process is complete, the Electric Vehicle Green card is automatically issued and will be delivered to your address within 3-working days. The EV Green car will have the registered name on it, the same as mentioned on your Emirates ID/Trade license/Passport.
Once you have EV Green Card in hand, it is vital to know the different types of electric car charging stations in Dubai that suit your electric vehicle type.
Different Types of DEWA Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Dubai
DEWA has launched four types of electric vehicle charging stations in Dubai. The chargers are categorised according to their kW(kilowatt) capacity. This determines how long it would take to charge your vehicle fully and how much you may need to pay for it.
The four electric charging stations are –
Public Charger 22 kw
Public chargers with double Type 2 sockets provide a full charge within 2 to 4 hours, depending on the battery and car type.
Wall Box Chargers 22 kw
A full charge in a Wall Box charger with a single Type 2 socket takes between two and four hours, depending on the battery capacity and type of electric vehicle.
Fast Chargers 43 kw
With these chargers, an 80% charge can be achieved in 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the battery type and vehicle. They are usually found in petrol stations throughout Dubai.
Ultra-Fast Charger 150 kw
At the DEWA headquarters in Dubai and the Expo 2020 Dubai, DEWA has installed two ultrafast EV Green Chargers that deliver 150 kW of DC power. Most ultra-fast chargers can fully charge a vehicle in 15 minutes or less.
How To Charge Your Electric Vehicle at the Charging Station in Dubai?
DEWA has installed over 300 electric vehicle charging stations in Dubai. The locations are mapped and updated across various platforms such as the DEWA website, smartphone apps, and ride-share platforms like Careem Bike and Google and Apple Maps. Another popular platform is Charge Map, one of the most extensive electric car map services to find semi-public and public charging stations globally.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can charge your electric vehicle.
- Scan your EV Green Charger Card and select a charging port. Each charging station has two ports.
- Connect one end of the charging wire to the port you’ve chosen.
- Connect the charging cord to the other end of your vehicle.
- The status light on the outlet will turn blue when the vehicle is charging.
- Your phone will notify you when the charge is complete. As soon as your car has been fully charged, scan your EV Green Charger Card and press the ‘STOP’ button.
- Lastly, exit your vehicle and reconnect the cable to the charging port by pressing the ‘EXIT’ button.
What do the colours on the electric car charging stations indicate?
Three colours indicate the status of the charging station. They are:
- Green light means the system is ready.
- Blue light means charging is underway.
- A Red light or Yellow light indicates an error.
The charging points have detailed user guides and instructions on how you can use them. However, if you face any issues while charging your electric vehicle, you can contact the DEWA Customer Care Centre at + 971 – 4 – 601 – 9999.
Use ‘Guest Mode’ if not registered with DEWA
EV Green Charger Guest Mode Users can charge their vehicles without registration by scanning the QR code placed on the Green Charger stations. Select the charging packages available and pay for the EV one-time use package.
The Cost to Charge an Electric Vehicle in Dubai
As of 2022, to charge an electric vehicle in Dubai costs a fee of 29 Fills per kWh. DEWA allows electric vehicles that are not registered directly with the agency to charge as well. However, unregistered vehicles or ‘Guest Mode’ users will have to pay different charges than registered vehicles. For ‘guest mode’ users, Prices start at AED 3.35 for 30 minutes and go up to AED 45.68.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Dubai – Locations
The table below lists the locations of the Electric Vehicle charging stations by DEWA.
|1||DEWA Head Office Customer Happiness Centre|
|2||Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park|
|3||DEWA Sustainable Building Customer Happiness Centre|
|4||DEWA Al Hudaiba Customer Happiness Centre|
|5||DEWA Warsan Store|
|6||DEWA Jebel Ali Power Station|
|7||DEWA Ruwaiyah workshop|
|8||DEWA AlQusais DCC|
|9||DEWA Al Warqa Office|
|10||DEWA Burj Nahar Customer Happiness Centre|
|11||DEWA Umm Ramoul Customer Happiness Centre|
|12||DEWA Al Wasel Customer Happiness Centre|
|13||DEWA Jebel Ali Customer Happiness Centre|
|14||DEWA Hatta Customer Happiness Centre|
|15||DEWA Warsan Building|
|16||DEWA Green Garage|
|17||DEWA R&D Centre|
|18||DEWA Mushrif Office|
|19||Dubai Silicon Oasis – Head Office|
|20||Dubai Silicon Oasis – Community Centre|
|21||Dubai Silicon Oasis – 7 Towers|
|22||Dubai Municipality – Al Twar Centre|
|23||Dubai Municipality – Manara Centre|
|24||Dubai Municipality – Deira|
|25||Dubai Municipality – Umm Ramool|
|26||Dubai Municipality – Labor Court|
|27||DM Garhoud Multi-story Car Park (First and fourth Floor)|
|28||Dubai Municipality – Mohammed Bin Rashid Library – 01|
|29||Dubai Municipality – Mohammed Bin Rashid Library – 02|
|31||Nad Al Sheba Park 1|
|32||Al Mamzar Park|
|33||Al Lesaily Park|
|34||Al Barsha South Park|
|36||Latifa Hospital – Al Jalila Children’s Hospital|
|37||Al Mamzar Health Centre|
|39||Zabeel Health Centre|
|40||Dubai Petroleum Head Office|
|41||Dubai Design District (D3)|
|42||Al Maktoum International Airport|
|43||Dubai International Airport Terminal 1|
|44||Dubai International Airport Terminal 2|
|45||ENOC Petrol Station – Hatta *|
|46||ENOC Petrol Station – Wadi Al Safa 5 *|
|47||ENOC Petrol Station – Al-Warsan 3*|
|48||ADNOC Petrol Station – Muhaisnah 2 *|
|49||ADNOC Petrol Station – DIP *|
|50||Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard – P2|
|51||Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard – P3|
|52||Dubai Marina Mall|
|53||Prime Minister Office – Emirates Towers|
|54||Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa|
|55||The Beach Mall|
|56||Hatta Public Library|
|61||Mercato Shopping Mall|
|62||Mall of the Emirates (Level 2,3)|
|63||My City Centre – Al Barsha|
|64||City Centre Me’aisem|
|65||Ibn Battuta Mall (P3,P6)|
|66||Business Central Tower|
|67||Al Qudra Cycle Track|
|69||Jumeirah Beach Hotel|
|70||Jumeirah Emirates Towers|
|71||Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA)|
|72||City Walk Two|
|73||The Outlet Village|
|74||Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate|
|75||Anantara Hotel – Palm Jumeirah|
|77||Dubai World Trade Centre – Multi-story Parking (First and Third floor)|
|78||Dubai World trade Center – Zabeel Plaza|
|79||Dubai World trade Center -Exhibition Gate Plaza|
|80||Dubai World trade Center – Multi-story Car Park Basement|
|81||Dubai World trade Center – One Central (basement one)|
|82||Dubai World trade Center – Sheikh Rashid Tower (Ground Floor)|
|83||Dubai World trade Center – Happiness Street Parking (Ground Floor)|
|84||Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club|
|85||Emirates Golf Club – Emirates Hills 2|
|86||Golden Mile One (basement) – Palm Jumeirah|
|87||Golden Mile Two (basement) – Palm Jumeirah|
|88||Club Vista Marie – Palm Jumeirah|
|89||Pavilion -Jumeirah Islands|
|90||Pavilion – Al Furjan|
|91||Dubai South HQ|
|92||Dubai Police – General Head Quarters|
|93||Dubai Police – Jebel Ali Police Station|
|94||Dubai Police – Muraqqabat Police Station|
|95||Dubai Police – General Department of Protective Security & Emergency – 01|
|96||Dubai Police – General Department of Protective Security & Emergency – 02|
|97||Dubai Police – Dubai Maritime City Head Quarters|
|98||Dubai Police – General Head Quarters – Museum -01|
|99||Dubai Police – General Head Quarters – Museum -02|
|100||Dubai Police – General Head Quarters – Museum -03|
|101||Dubai Police – Jebel Ali Police Station|
|102||Dubai Police – Muraqqabat Police Station|
|103||Dubai Police – Officer’s Club|
|104||Al Barsha Police Station|
|105||DIFC – Gate District (basement 1,2)|
|106||DIFC – Gate Village 05 (basement 2,3)|
|107||Higher College Of Technology – Dubai Men’s College|
|108||Hilton Garden Inn Hotel – Mall Of The Emirates|
|109||Dubai Taxi Corporation Head Quarters|
|110||Multi-story Parking RTA New Subkhah|
|111||Multi-story Parking RTA Ghubaibah|
|112||Multi-story Parking RTA Naif Parking|
|113||Multi-story Parking RTA Al Riqqa Car Park|
|114||Roads & Transport Authority HQ Multi-story Parking|
|115||Dubai Holding HQ|
|116||Emirates Global Aluminum|
|117||Government Workshop Ruwaiyah|
|118||H. H. the Ruler’s Court|
|119||Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (H.Q.)|
|120||Expo 2020 Site Office|
|121||MORO Data Hub|
|124||Dubai Maritime City Authority – Dubai Maritime City Head Quarters|
|125||Dubai Maritime City – Dubai Maritime City Head Quarters|
|126||Times Square Center – Times Square Center Basement – 01|
|127||Times Square Center – Times Square Center Basement – 02|
|128||Times Square Center – Times Square Center Basement – 03|
|129||Emicool – Green Community East|
|130||Emicool – Motor City|
|131||Mai Dubai – HQ|
Table Credits - https://www.dewa.gov.ae
Each charging station can accommodate two cars at a time. As for fast chargers, below are the fast-charging stations located in Dubai.
- ENOC Petrol Station – Hatta
- ENOC Petrol Station – Wadi Al Safa 5
- ENOC Petrol Station – Al-Warsan 3
- ADNOC Petrol Station – Muhaisnah 2
- ADNOC Petrol Station – Dubai Investment Park
Timings of Electric Vehicles Charging Stations Dubai
The timings of electric vehicles charging stations in Dubai are available 24/7, however, few other charging stations operate on different timings.
The Benefits of Electric Vehicles
Electric Vehicles in Dubai were launched for a reason – for a sustainable environment. Owning and driving an electric car comes with numerous benefits.
Cheaper to Maintain :
Electric cars are more affordable to maintain and relatively need less servicing. Unlike fuel-powered vehicles, electric cars do not have any expensive motor parts. The primary component of an electric vehicle is the battery. The battery comes with a lifespan of approximately eight years which makes it cheaper to maintain and has the advantage of low running costs.
Carbon-free and Less Pollution :
One of the benefits of electric vehicles is that these cars do not emit carbon emissions, thus reducing the carbon footprint in the environment and improving the air quality across the Emirate. Electric cars run quieter compared to cars with gas or petrol.
Eliminate Fuel Consumption :
EV owners have no reason to worry about fuel/petrol price hikes by going electric. With the population slowly switching to electric cars, the emirate aims to reduce its reliance on oil and save resources for the future.
The centre of gravity is lower in the new-age electric vehicle, making the vehicle harder to roll over and risk-free. The body and durability of electric cars can help ensure that they are more durable in case of a collision, ensuring a safer driving experience.
Some of the Popular Electric Cars in the UAE are –
- Tesla – Model S, Model 3
- Chevrolet Bolt, BMW i3
- Renault Zoe series
- Hyundai – KONA Electric, IONIQ Electric and NEXO
- Ford – Mach-E
Electric cars are a commuting game-changer for the future. The demand for electric car charging stations in Dubai is increasing and growing as people choose more sustainable transportation that is light on their pockets and less corrosive to the environment. Over the long run, an electric car will be cheaper to maintain and help reduce air pollution.
So, get your EVs rolling on the roads of Dubai, drive without worrying about finding a charging station and enjoy a free parking spot.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
Fully charging an electric vehicle can take 30-45 minutes to several hours. Charging time depends on the type of charging station, battery size and car model and other external factors.
Where can I apply for EV Green Charger Card services?
To avail of an EV Green Charger Card, create an account on the DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) website and register your electric vehicle. The card will automatically be issued and delivered to your address within three days.
What type of electric cars are available in the UAE?
Some of the popular electric cars in the UAE are Tesla - Model S, Model 3, Chevrolet Bolt, BMW i3, Renault Zoe series, Hyundai - KONA Electric, IONIQ Electric and NEXO and Ford - Mach-E.
How much does it cost to charge an electric car in Dubai?
Electric cars registered with DEWA pay a price of 29 Fills per kWh. However, for unregistered vehicles or ‘guest mode’ users, prices start at AED 3.35 for 30 minutes and go up to AED 45.68.
How many electric car charging stations are in Dubai?
There are over 300 electric car charging stations with 560 charging points throughout the city.