Electric Vehicles In The Middle East

The current population of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is approximately 9.64 million people. The UAE has the world’s sixth largest proven oil reserves and the fifth largest natural gas reserves. Economic growth across the country has resulted in a significant increase in the demand for electricity.

The UAE Government has developed a comprehensive energy plan designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan seeks to develop zero-carbon energy sources, like renewables and nuclear to provide power for the country. The UAE government has launched initiatives to reduce carbon emissions in the countries two largest cities, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The move to electric vehicles is a key component in the government’s plan.

Masdar has recently launched the first, fully electric passenger bus in Abu Dhabi. The electric vehicle (EV) will serve a six-stop route between Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station and Masdar City, a sustainable urban community. Masdar is a renewable energy company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Masdar is a subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company, which is a state-owned holding company.

The EV was designed to withstand the heat and humidity of the UAE’s climate. The electric bus was developed by Masdar, Hafilat Industry of Abu Dhabi and Siemens Middle East. The EV seats 30 passengers and has a range of over 90 miles on a single battery charge. Solar panels are also used to power the electric bus’s auxiliary systems.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Norway are all major exporters of oil and natural gas. All three countries are seeking zero-carbon energy sources to provide power to their country. Why? Economic, pure and simple. All three nation’s economy rely heavily on revenue from the sale of oil and natural gas. Using renewable energy for domestic power will extend the life of their country’s primary asset, oil and natural gas.

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