Emirates District Cooling (Emicool) has switched to an all-electric vehicle fleet comprising Renault ZOE cars delivered by Arabian Automobiles, while also providing six EV (electric vehicle) charging spots for the general public with the support of DEWA.
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 the first quarter of 2020.
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 Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, will give the general public the opportunity to live greener and more sustainable lives.
“Emicool provides a viable, sustainable solution to air conditioning requirements in this region and sustainability is part of our mission – to provide a reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly district cooling service which helps to reduce millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Adib Moubadder, CEO of Emicool.
“We have always implemented clean energy programmes to achieve energy efficiency and renewable energy, as aligned with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030,” he added. “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 Renault Zoe is a 100% electric with a driving range in normal conditions of 300km, and a charge time for the battery of 7.25 hours from a single phase charging station, with a quick-charge option that takes just one hour and 40 minutes from zero to 80% charged, and two hours 40 minutes to 100% charged.
“The Renault ZOE is an environment-friendly car with elegant design, maximum comfort and superb performance and we’re delighted that Emicool is employing them as it helps in maintaining an all-electric patrol fleet and meets the green mission of UAE’s leadership,” said Salah Yamout, director of sales and marketing at Arabian Automobiles.
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.