Data on charging prices for electric cars showed that the UAE is one of the cheapest countries in the world in terms of charging costs per kilowatt-hour, and this applies to the Arab and Gulf levels, taking into account the development of the infrastructure of electric cars in the country, the number and distribution of charging stations, and the different prices of segments and government support provided.While Emirati citizens, who own electric cars, demanded the need to provide more fast chargers compared to regular ones, and to distribute them better, especially in Abu Dhabi and the northern regions.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority had recently announced the cost of charging electric vehicles at public stations at 29 fils per kilowatt-hour, and this decision comes after the end of the Green Charger initiative launched in 2017, which provided free charging in the emirate, and for Abu Dhabi, it announced months ago about The new tariff, which amounted to 35 fils per kilowatt-hour.
According to compare the market data, Turkey ranks first in the list as the cheapest country in terms of freight costs per kilowatt-hour, noting that the recent list does not include the UAE, as it was providing government support to encourage people to buy this type of car, such as the Green Charger initiative. Which ended in December 2021, and if the price of charging an electric car in Turkey is $0.089 (32.6 Emirati fils) per kilowatt-hour, the prices accordingly are considered cheaper in the UAE, as the price recently approved by Dubai, which has the widest spread of electric chargers in The state, $0.079 (29 fils) per kilowatt-hour.
The website’s data identified a list of 34 countries around the world ranked from the cheapest to the most expensive according to the price of each kilowatt-hour in dollars. Lithuania came in second place at $0.095, equal to the price of Abu Dhabi (35 fils), and Norway third with $0.101, knowing that the state provides subsidies For the government to acquire electric cars until today, fourth in Austria is $0.102, and fifth in Chile is at $0.102.
South Korea ranked eighth with $0.114, Canada ranked 13th with $0.123, France ranked 15th with $0.136, the United States of America ranked 21 with $0.163, Britain ranked 24 with $0.177, while Japan ranked It ranked 30th according to the list with a price of $0.237, Germany ranked 32nd with $0.256, and ranked 34th and last, Slovenia, with a price of $0.266.
As for the Arab and Gulf countries, the UAE is considered one of the cheapest in the Gulf, and it must be taken into account that the UAE is considered the most advanced in terms of development compared to the Arab and Gulf countries in terms of developing the infrastructure for electric cars, especially Dubai, noting that the only regional headquarters of the American company Tesla, which owns The largest share of electric car sales globally is located in Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, and all Tesla charging stations in the country are free to customers until today, as a kind of promotion and marketing for the brand and encourage the public to acquire this type of environmentally friendly cars.
The survey conducted by «Vision» showed that the price of charging an electric car in Kuwait is 200 fils ($0.662 or 2.43 dirhams) per kilowatt-hour, and the price reaches $0.17 (62 fils) per kilowatt-hour in Oman, while Egypt offers many From the segments for dealers, starting from this January, amounting to 3.75 pounds ($0.25 or 91.8 fils) per kilowatt-hour.
Availability of stations
According to Emiratis who have been buying electric cars for years, the problem for them is not the charging prices, which are still considered cheap in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but the focus should be on providing fast chargers in addition to more stations.
Citizen Ahmed Khoury, who owns 3 Tesla cars, said that the problem we were facing previously with (Dewa) was that most of the stations or chargers were not working, perhaps due to misuse, and unfortunately some chargers were left for four and five months without repair, but we believe that The chargers will always work as they are charged.
With regard to the availability of charging stations, Dubai provides a good amount of stations, whether in malls, hotels or petrol stations, but the problem is in the other emirates in Abu Dhabi and the northern regions, noting that Tesla charging stations are still free until today, and they are found in all From the Last Exit area in Dubai, Hatta, The Dubai Mall and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, all of which include fast chargers, in addition to more than 200 chargers in Dubai from regular chargers.
Al-Khoury added that what we are asking for today is to provide a fast charger for every 100 km, and most importantly, that these chargers be fast. As for prices, we believe that prices until today are still cheap compared to the rest of the world.
In turn, the citizen Abdullah Al-Basti, who has also owned two Tesla cars for 5 years, said what we need today is more fast chargers in the country. Prices are still very cheap compared to other countries in the world.
Al-Basti added, during the past years, more than 50% of Dewa charging stations were not working, as a result of misuse by dealers, and every person had to submit a report to the authority to repair the charger, but it seems that many were reluctant to do so, in addition to About that the reporting process takes a long time, but today with the imposition of the new fees, we will not find any broken charger as it was previously, and even the percentage of congestion will decrease at the stations because they are no longer free.
As for home shipping, Al Basti said, it is cheaper compared to the government’s external stations. For citizens who have government-granted land, the cost of shipping is from 5 to 6 fils, and for citizens who have owned land, the price is up to 16 fils, as for citizens renting in Dubai, the prices Electricity prices are the same for residents, and they start from 23 fils and reach 38 fils, depending on the segments and volume of consumption.
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