The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI), Audi Middle East, and Siemens recently signed an agreement to cooperate on boosting electric vehicle charging capacity on federal roads and increasing adoption of EVs across the country.
The agreement follows MoEI’s selection in June of Siemens technology for a nationwide network of ultra-fast chargers. The discussions with Audi are expected to expand on this initiative as part of the brand’s ambitious infrastructure investment plans across the UAE.
“The UAE is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and is on track to being the leader in the Middle East and North Africa in reaching this target,” said Sharif Salim Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Industry. “Electric vehicles are integral to this effort, and providing fast, efficient and convenient EV charging infrastructure with partners like Siemens and Audi is a crucial step in the energy transition.”
Since 2020, Audi has been the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles among Germany’s three premium brands. The launch of the e-tron GT continues Audi’s transformation into becoming a key provider of sustainable premium mobility. By 2026, more than 20 all-electric Audi models will be introduced and the brand is investing in several initiatives focusing on the development of high-performance charging infrastructure in order to contribute to EV readiness in the region.
On June 8, 2022, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure said it would deploy ten Siemens Sicharge D 160 kW ultra-fast chargers on the highways in Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. All are cloud-connected devices which allow operators to monitor and manage the chargers remotely.