Emirates District Cooling (Emicool) has decided to convert its entire fleet of passenger cars to an all-electric one comprising of the Renault Zoe.
The cars will be delivered by Arabian Automobiles, while DEWA has committed to providing six EV (electric vehicle) charging spots for the general public.
Emicool will launch phase 1 of the project by adopting the Renault Zoe, a compact, noise free model, for 40% of its fleet, and will add another 30% pickup style vehicles in September before transforming 100% of its fleet by Q1 of 2020.
Dr. Adib Moubadder, CEO of Emicool said: “We have always implemented clean energy programmes to achieve energy efficiency and renewable energy, as aligned with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. Our new fleet of electric cars and our green public parking spots are just further evidence of our initiatives to help promote environmental and economic sustainability.”
The move to replace the entire fleet with electric models will reduce CO₂ emissions by 400 ton CO₂ per year, while the decision to make EV charging spots available, part of Emicool’s CSR initiative, will give the general public the opportunity to live greener and more sustainable lives.
The driving range in normal conditions of the Zoe is 300km, and charge time for the battery is 7.25 hours from a single phase charging station, with a quick-charge option that takes just one hour and 40 minutes from zero 0 to 80% charged, and 2.40 hours to 100% charged.
Last year, Emicool received ISO (International Organization for Standardization) global certifications for its quality, energy and environmental management systems.
It also became the first district cooling agency in the MENA region to be conferred the Global Conformity GC Mark as a certified green company. Other efforts in sustainability at Emicool include a 70KW solar car parking system and plans for a 2.8MW solar farm.
Emicool caters to district cooling requirements across a number of strategic locations, including Dubai Investments Park, Jumeirah Bay Island, Dubai Motor City, Dubai Sports City, Uptown Mirdif, Akoya by DAMAC, Mirdif Hills and Palazzo Versace & D1 Tower.
It was also awarded the contract for a district cooling facility for master developer DWTC to serve Expo Village, Dubai South Mall and the new conference and exhibition centre at the Expo 2020 site.