UAE to launch pricing mechanism to boost private investment in EV infrastructure

The country plans to expand its network of EV charging stations to increase share of electric cars on roads, minister says

Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, at an aviation event in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National
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The UAE will launch a “pricing mechanism” to incentivise the private sector to invest in the infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations, the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure has said.

The Emirates, the Arab world’s second-largest economy and host of the Cop28 climate change summit, plans to increase the share of electric and hybrid vehicles on the roads to 50 per cent by 2050, Suhail Al Mazrouei said at the World Green Economy Summit in Dubai on Tuesday.

Currently, the country's share of electric and hybrid vehicles is about 1 per cent.

“To achieve this goal, we constantly expand our network of EV charging stations,” Mr Al Mazrouei said.

“We are probably going to be the first country to put a pricing mechanism that will be announced later this year or early next year to incentivise the private sector to invest in EV charging station infrastructure."

Global electric car sales are projected to reach 14 million in 2023, from 10 million last year, the International Energy Agency said in its Global Electric Vehicle Outlook report in April.

Electric vehicles will make up about half of the new car sales worldwide by 2035 as the push for net-zero carbon emissions accelerates, according to Goldman Sachs Research.

The UAE has been investing heavily in renewable energy projects and EV infrastructure to become carbon neutral by 2050.

This month, Adnoc Distribution, the country's largest fuel and convenience retailer, said it would accelerate the introduction of EV charging points across its locations in 2024.

The Adnoc subsidiary, which expects to operate 50 EV charging points by the end of this year, will focus on installing the charging points on motorways where demand is higher, Adnoc Distribution chief executive Bader Al Lamki told The National.

In July, the Emirates approved an updated version of the UAE Energy Strategy 2050.

The UAE aims to allocate as much as Dh200 billion ($54 billion) by the end of this decade to meet growing energy demand, while supporting economic growth.

At the same event, Mariam Al Mheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said several countries endorsed the Emirates Declaration on Resilient Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Action.

The declaration calls for a shift to agricultural and food systems that can adapt to climate change.

“This declaration has been sent to all countries and I'm so happy to see the numbers increasing every day of the countries that have endorsed,” Ms Al Mheiri said.

“We've never had this much momentum before a Cop for food systems, so I'm really hoping for a milestone moment for that.”

The declaration will ensure that the nationally determined contributions submitted by the countries will include food systems, she added.

UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla bin Touq, who also spoke during the event, said the acceleration of green growth was a “key pillar” of the country’s national economic plan.

“The UAE government [has] worked towards the development of sustainable development goals and [it] has become a key pillar of its strategy,” Mr bin Touq said.

Updated: November 28, 2023, 11:04 AM