An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle operates using an electric motor, as opposed to a conventional vehicle, which operates using a diesel or gasoline motor. EVs help promote improved air quality due to a lack of or reduced tailpipe emissions, decreased noise pollution, decreased dependency on fossil fuels, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The types of electric vehicles available in the UAE include a variety of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and hybrid vehicles (HEVs). They are differentiated by the following characteristics:

A BEV operates solely on an electric battery.

A PHEV uses hybrid technology, but its battery can be recharged via the electric grid.

A HEV combines an internal combustion engine with an electric propulsion system and is powered by gasoline or diesel.

Fuel Efficiency

Annual gasoline consumption in metric tones

Hybrid could save up to 40% and Plug-in up to 60% of gasoline in dubai

EV runs without gasoline entirely

CO2 Emissions

Annual CO2 emissions (tailpipe and upstream Dubai Electricity)

Hybrid saves up to 40% and Plug-in around 50% of CO2

BEV save around 70% CO2 (based on current Dubai capacity mix)

US EPA Smog Rating

US EPA Smog rating from 1 (worst) to 10 (best)

PHEVs and BEVs can considerably lower air pollution and smog risk in Dubai

BEVs have significant potential as Dubai electricity generation shifts to renewables

Most of the electric vehicle models available in the UAE are easily able to accommodate inter-emirate travel when combined with the use of public charging stations.

Available & Upcoming Vehicles in the UAE

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