Incentives like free public parking and charging are on their way.

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Dubai has announced a host of incentives worth millions of dirhams with a goal of having approximately 42,000 electric vehicles on the emirate’s streets by 2030.

Primarily led by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and the Road Transport Authority (RTA), the four incentives would be rolled out in phases.

These would include free public parking, free charging stations, toll exemptions, and discounts on the registration of electric vehicles.

Under free charging, all of the emirate’s 32,000 electric car owners will be allowed to charge their vehicles for free at more than 100 stations until the end of 2019.

The Dubai government had previously set the tariff for charging at Dhs 0.29 per kWh.

“This is significant savings compared to fuel-powered cars,” Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO at Dewa, revealed on September 23. 

In addition, the RTA will offer free public parking at about 40 designated areas in the city including the Dubai International Airport.

Electric vehicle owners would also get a Salik (Toll) Tag that can let them bypass such fees, as well as a 15% discount on RTA registration and renewal fees.

None of the RTA incentives have any (announced) time limitations.

Currently, only Renault and Tesla, which made an entry into Dubai this year, have fully electric vehicles in the market, although multiple automakers sell hybrid models.