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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced Wednesday that it plans to increase the number of green fast and ultra-fast charging stations for Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the emirate this year.

Speaking at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, Majid Hilal Al Hazami, Director of Smart Grid Projects Management at DEWA, said that there are approximately 390 different types of charging stations deployed across Dubai for EVs.

Al Hazami noted that by the end of 2025, there would be around 1,000 stations across Dubai, adding that ultra-fast chargers will be more in proportion. He also highlighted that the differences between green chargers are related to their charging speed and deployment locations. Fast and ultra-fast chargers can be found at petrol stations and the entrances and exits of the emirate, WAM reported.

He said that ultra-fast chargers take around 20 to 40 minutes to charge about 80% of a vehicle's battery, depending on the battery capacity and type of vehicle. Medium-speed chargers, on the other hand, are typically found in places like shopping malls, parks, and office areas.

Charging 80% of a vehicle's battery with these chargers usually takes 2 to 4 hours, again depending on the battery capacity and type of vehicle.

The Green Charger initiative was first announced in 2014 and its first phase was completed in 2015 by installing 100 stations. Over the past years, there has been ongoing expansion in the adoption and deployment of green chargers.

Al Hazami also spoke about the effectiveness of smart grid management in meeting sustainability goals and providing optimal service to customers. He noted the authority's participation in the Global Future Energy Summit, stressing its role in promoting clean energy trends locally, regionally, and globally.

He noted that the authority's involvement serves the purpose of showcasing projects in clean energy, such as the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Energy Project, which holds the title of the largest solar energy production site in the world.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the world's largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park last year in December.