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More than half of UAE residents want EVs by 2025: Report

Challenges facing EV adoption include safety concerns, servicing costs, lack of charging infrastructure and battery longevity

More than half of UAE residents want EVs by 2025: Report
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Since the conclusion of COP28, conversations about electric vehicles (EVs) have surged in the UAE, where a commitment to sustainability and a greener future drives a notable increase in interest and adoption of these eco-conscious cars.

A new survey has revealed a startling surge in EV enthusiasm among UAE residents, with nearly two-thirds (63%) dreaming of making EVs their primary ride by 2025.

In collaboration with YouGov, Al-Futtaim Automotive surveyed over 2,000 residents, painting a picture of a population eager to embrace the electric revolution. 

About 73% of respondents expressed confidence that charging stations will dot the landscape every few kilometers by 2028, a testament to the government’s ambitious EV goals.

“The results comprehensively reflect the evolving perceptions of the UAE customers towards electric mobility,” said Katib Belkhodja, Customer Centricity Director, Al-Futtaim Automotive, in a statement.

While nearly half (28%) envision a future where EVs and hybrids dominate UAE roads by 2030, concerns remain.

Safety takes the top spot on the worry list, with 49% of respondents citing it as a primary hurdle. Servicing costs (44%), charging infrastructure gaps (41%), battery longevity anxieties (41%), and resale value concerns (32%) follow closely.

A significant 68% believe EVs cost more than their regular fuel counterparts. Further fueling range anxiety, 44% admitted they cannot install a home charging station.

However, the survey shows residents are ready to make the switch, given there are faster charging times (54%), more charging stations (54%), battery technology advancements (54%), and longer driving ranges (52%).

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