One of the core pillars of the UAE National Vision 2021 is sustainable development. The country has announced strategic roadmaps which detail tangible action-strategies related to every sector including the automotive sector.
The governmental entities in the UAE has been making launching concerted initiatives in recent years to promote the use of electric cars as a clean and green alternative to internal combustion engine powered vehicles. Petrol and diesel powered vehicles emit toxic gases thus causing environmental pollution and also consume a lot of energy.
Several incentives are available for those who use electric vehicles in Dubai including free electric vehicle charging facilities until 2019, free parking for electric cars as well as benefits in road toll badge registration and vehicle registrations. These incentives have significantly contributed to the demand for electric vehicles in Dubai.
Liberty Automobiles is the authorized General Motors distributor for Cadillac, Chevrolet and AC Delco in the UAE. The company is keen on supporting the UAE government’s ‘green vision’ and is working closely with its partners on promoting electric cars as a viable and ‘clean’ alternative. This is reinforced by the company’s efforts to promote the distribution and sale of the new Chevrolet Bolt EV, which offers motorists outstanding range and fuel efficiency.
In terms of costs, the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers immense savings. It can be charged using a standard 220-240 Volt domestic outlet and motorists save more when it is charged at home. The cost of 60kWh, which is the total amount of electricity that can be stored based on the capacity of the battery in Dubai is less than AED14. The charge obtained is adequate to give the Volt the capability to cover a distance of 500 kilometers, thus making the Bolt EV more economical than any conventional vehicle.
The Bolt does have a future-forward powertrain, and offers a smoother mechanical experience than a conventional petrol car. It has only 10 percent of the number of components that internal combustion powered vehicles have and this translates into lower levels of wear and tear, easier maintenance, and thus again more savings.
Servicing the Bolt EV also costs less as all that is needed is a general check and tire rotation at the first 10,000 km followed by a cabin air filter replacement at 30,000 km. When it comes to internal combustion powered vehicles, their fluids to be changed every few thousand kilometres. For the Bolt EV, only the battery coolant, that too at 240,000 km.
Another distinctive feature of the Bolt EV is its Regen On Demand system that offers motorists a unique one pedal driving experience. The system providing stopping power of up to 0.3g, which is enough for almost all daily driving situations. In rare cases the driver’s interaction and use of the brakes might be needed to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. The benefit of using this system is that there is lower wear and tear of the brake discs and pads, and this again contributes to lower costs for maintenance.
The significant savings for customers and the fact that they become active participants in promoting sustainable development makes the switch to electric cars, especially a model like the Bolt EV one of the best bets for a green future.
This article is based on information provided by Nassim Mourani, GGM of Liberty Automobiles.
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