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Siemens was chosen by the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure to build a statewide network of ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The cooperation is aimed at cutting carbon emissions, increasing EV adoption by alleviating "range anxiety" and setting the framework for a more connected and sustainable transportation system in the UAE.
In emirates Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah, ten Siemens Sicharge D 160 kW ultra-fast chargers will be deployed on motorways. The chargers have a scalable output of up to 300 kW and can be increased with extra external dispensers for up to two more charging lines to satisfy changing market demands. All of the chargers are cloud-connected, allowing operators to remotely monitor and operate them.
The step follows the UAE commitment and continuous work to reduce the nationwide carbon footprint, by working on the demand side, supply-side as well as different energies and future technologies to reduce the carbon footprint. Electric vehicles appear to be indispensable to this effort, and establishing a rapid, efficient, and comfortable EV corridor is an important step in the energy revolution."
As planned, Siemens is to supply the new network's charging infrastructure, control and monitoring software, as well as provide training and commissioning support. The command-and-control system enables monitoring and control of all units. Besides, the project's next phase will involve developing an application for drivers to access and book chargers.
“We are proud to support the sustainability program in the United Arab Emirates with our EV charging solution,” claims Birgit Dargel, Vice President Sales eMobility at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “This project in the UAE continues the success story of our public fast charger Sicharge D. With a peak efficiency of 96 percent, it is one of the most efficient high-power DC chargers currently available.”
In October 2021, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and Siemens signed a memorandum of intent to form a long-term cooperation to help the ministry achieve its sustainability and digitization goals. Smart building technologies, microgrid and industrial energy management, and intelligent substations on the grid edge are among the topics being discussed, in addition to mobility. The first project to be delivered under the MOU framework is the national EV Charging Corridor.
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