Car agencies revealed plans to launch new models of electric cars in the country’s markets, starting in 2022, confirming the high demand for electric cars.
Officials of these agencies told «Emirates Today», that initiatives and steps have been implemented to contribute to reducing the cost of using electric cars, foremost of which is the provision of charging stations within showrooms and service centers, with the possibility of purchasing home charging stations, and developing new battery systems to obtain a longer driving range. At a lower cost, noting that the transport sector in the country is witnessing required infrastructure transformations, including the establishment of dedicated charging stations.
In detail, the Director General of the Emirates Motor Company, Mohammed Ghazi Al-Momani, said that the German Mercedes brand plans to be electric only by 2030, and therefore decided to provide cars of the “EQS”, “EQA” and “EQC” electric models in The UAE is expected to be launched during the first quarter of next year 2022, and it is expected that the “EQE” and “EQG” models will be launched for the first time in the UAE during the next two years, which will enhance the attraction of a new generation of consumers.
Momani revealed that there is an increase in demand for electric cars during the current period, due to the high level of knowledge of customers about their benefits.
He added that the EQS vehicle was recently unveiled, the first fully electric luxury sedan from Mercedes, and represents the pinnacle of technology in the category of electric cars, pointing out that it includes the launch of a new generation of batteries, with higher levels of density. Energy, to facilitate and accelerate charging processes and continue for long periods.
Al-Momani stated that one of the most important challenges facing the spread of electric cars is the lack of abundant charging stations in some areas, stressing that work is currently underway to develop the network of electrical stations throughout Abu Dhabi, and Emirates Motors will provide charging stations within its showrooms, and in centers The company’s own service, with the possibility of purchasing home charging stations.
He added that the company will provide logistics services in the same way it currently does for fuel vehicles, at a time when dealers will be able to purchase electric cars from showrooms, or through the currently available e-commerce website.
For her part, Yen Raad, Director of Electric Vehicles Readiness and Strategy at General Motors in Africa and the Middle East, said that the company has a plan to launch 30 new electric vehicles until 2025, stressing that many of them will be launched in the UAE market, led by the Chevrolet Bolt. EV, and the two “GMC Hummer EV” that will be launched in 2022, and the “Cadillac Lyric” that will be launched in 2023.
Raad explained that the company is continuing to work closely with the concerned authorities, with the aim of smoothly introducing these new models to the market, stressing that the UAE plays a leading role in the field of electric cars, and therefore the company fully supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President The UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, aims to make 25% of Dubai’s transportation smart, sustainable and driverless by 2030.
Raad revealed that a cooperation is currently underway between Cruise, a self-driving car service owned by the majority of General Motors, with the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, to launch a fleet of automated, self-driving taxis starting from 2023, noting that a vehicle was designed Self-driving cars get their energy from the “Altium” battery system, which will be produced in the factories of “General Motors”.
She explained that the “Altium” platform will be used in electric vehicles and future self-driving vehicles, and it includes a combination of a standard battery and a drive unit that is compatible with a wide range of trucks, multi-use vehicles and commercial vehicles, to contribute to obtaining a longer driving range at a lower cost, within the new range of models. This contributes to facilitating and reducing the cost of using electric cars, which play a key role in dealing with many road-related problems such as reducing the carbon footprint.
The CEO of Al Masaood Automobiles, Irfan Tancel, agreed that there is a noticeable increase in the demand for electric cars in the UAE, considering this an important development that has strong effects on the automotive industry, and also reflects the market’s interest in adopting environmentally friendly and safe cars, and sustainable solutions, which supports Sustainability goals of the UAE government.
Tancel said that Al Masaood Automobiles expects a significant growth in the electric car market in the country in the near future, to become the most popular choice among car owners, especially in light of the UAE’s goal of having more than 42,000 electric cars on the country’s roads by 2030.
He added that the transport sector is witnessing required infrastructure transformations, including the establishment of charging stations, to facilitate reliance on electric cars and increase demand for them.
The first electric Volkswagen
Volkswagen Sales Director Samer Al-Duwair expects the first electric car from Volkswagen to be launched in the UAE and the Middle East during 2023.
He stressed that the availability of electric charging stations in various regions, reducing the cost of services and setting reasonable prices for electric cars within the reach of large groups of consumers, will contribute to an increase in demand for them during the coming period.
An official in a car agency “HA” stated that car companies are currently working intensively to meet the challenges of the high cost of using electric cars, by agreeing with the concerned authorities to increase government charging stations, and provide corporate charging stations, and home charging stations, while working To reduce the cost of electric charging and electric car services through the use of modern technologies.
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