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UAE set to issue new regulations to cover electric vehicles

The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has announced that it is working on new regulations to cover electric vehicles in the UAE.

The UAE System for Electric Vehicles, the first of its kind regionally, will come into operation later in the first quarter of 2017 after approval by the UAE Cabinet, news agency WAM reported.

Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of State and chairman of ESMA, said the new system would be the cornerstone of a comprehensive regulatory system overseeing the mechanisms and techniques leveraged in electric vehicles.

The new system would ensure their safety and efficiency, and thus would contribute to achieving sustainable growth that balances environmental, economic and social impacts, he added in comments published by WAM.

The launch will set up a minimum standard for the efficient power consumption for electric vehicles as part of a strategy to protect the environment and natural resources of the country.

Bin Fahad said ESMA will issue certificates of conformity to all electric vehicles that match the requirement of the new system, adding that the new system will contribute to raising air quality level by up to 90 percent by 2021.

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