The UAE government's commitment to supporting EVs is evident in its efforts to encourage adoption and create a conducive environment for growth. It is one of the major growth drivers for the rapid growth in EV sales: Ken<

10-Aug-2023   Mr. Premkumar chettiar, Designation: Sales & Distribution Planning Specialist, Ironman 4x4 Middle East FZCO   Author: Oshina Agrawal

Q1.) What are the current trends in the market and major growth drivers?

Ans: The electric vehicle (EV) market in the UAE is experiencing significant growth and is being driven by several key factors. Speculations for 2023 indicate a 200% sales rise compared to the previous year, with projected sales of 10,000 to 11,000 EVs (includes Hybrid Vehicles & Re-Exports). UAE aims for a 100% EV sales target by 2050. Notably, the UAE is not only a domestic market but also a hub for re-exports, with many EVs imported and then sent to other regions, particularly Europe. This is facilitated by the country's strategic geographic location and large stocking facilities, making it a preferred location for stockpiling and re-exporting.

The UAE government is playing a significant role in driving EV expansion. They offer incentives such as toll exemptions, free parking, and complimentary charging services for Tesla and other EV owners. Government Sectors & car leasing companies are also favoring EVs. The government's commitment to supporting EVs is evident in its efforts to encourage adoption and create a conducive environment for growth.

Q2.) What is the year-on-year growth rate in EV sales, and how was the market affected during the COVID-19 period?

Ans: EV sales have exhibited steady year-on-year growth since 2021, with an estimated 30-40% increase in 2022. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, EV sales faced challenges, representing less than 1% of total automobile sales. Despite potential re-exports, the local market experienced lower sales. It's worth noting that EV adoption was relatively low until 2019.

Q3.) How has Tesla's presence impacted the market?

Ans: Tesla entered the UAE market in late 2017, and its sales began to gain momentum from 2018 onward. Although initial sales were modest, Tesla's growth accelerated significantly in 2021. Charging infrastructure development has played a crucial role in this growth.

Q4.) What are the types of Electric vehicles in the market and their market shares?

Ans: Fully battery electric vehicles (BEVs) dominate the market share, accounting for approximately 60%. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) make up around 30%, while plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) comprise 5-10% of the market.

If we talk about the vehicle type, Sedans hold the largest share, followed by SUVs and then hatchbacks. Buses and other categories have a very lesser share in the market. Trucks have a limited presence, primarily within fleets owned by companies, and their electrification may take more time.

Q5.) What are the prominent types of batteries used in EVs?

Ans: Lithium-ion batteries constitute over 90% of the market, with NIMH batteries making up less than 10%.

Q6.) Which emirate has the highest EV adoption rate?

Ans: Dubai leads with the highest market share, followed by Abu Dhabi and then Sharjah. Other emirates stand at a very less market share. The dominance of Dubai and Abu Dhabi can be attributed to their robust charging infrastructure and proactive initiatives.

Q7.) Who are the top players in the UAE EV market?

Ans: Tesla holds the majority share, while other brands like Volkswagen, Nissan, Audi, Mercedes, Hyundai, and Toyota follow with smaller percentages. Chinese companies are gaining traction, offering more affordable options, and are projected to expand their market share.

Q8.) What is the state of charging infrastructure in the UAE?

Ans: Charging infrastructure is rapidly growing, with both Tesla and the government establishing charging facilities. Companies like ABB and various Chinese firms are major players in the charging infrastructure market. The country's small size and meticulous planning contribute to steady growth in this sector.

Q9.) Is AC or DC charging more prevalent in the market?

Ans: DC chargers are more commonly used, particularly at public charging stations, due to their cost-effectiveness and faster charging times.

Q10.) Are there any government regulations affecting EV manufacturers?

Ans: Certain import regulations apply to EVs in the UAE. For instance, brands need to be manufactured to meet GCC specifications.

Q11.) What is the anticipation for the future of the EV market in UAE?

Ans: An Average growth of around 25% can be expected in the future. According to the sustainability goals set by the government, EV sales are expected to grow rapidly.

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