General Motors Africa and Middle East and Diamond Developers, the property and real estate developer behind The Sustainable City, have signed a memorandum of understanding to spread awareness and boost adoption of electric vehicles across Dubai.
The MoU is effective until 2020, marking the beginning of a collaborative partnership between both parties as they work to fulfil the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of UAE and the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to promote sustainable development.
The collaboration allows General Motors Africa and Middle East and The Sustainable City to offer electric vehicle familiarization programs for residents. The program will also be offered as part of the curriculum in the Future Mobility module at the SEE Institute to democratize EV adoption. The partners are currently exploring an EV ride-sharing service for residents of The Sustainable City. A fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs, the first fully electric car from Chevrolet in the region, will ply the streets of the City.
John Roth, President and Managing Director of GM Africa and Middle East commented on the signing of the MoU: “The Sustainable City, as an international model for green living, is strongly aligned with our vision for a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion so this is a natural partnership for us. As General Motors works across the future trends of transportation with autonomous vehicles, alternative propulsion and connected and sharing driving, we know that achieving this vision requires close collaboration and alignment with cities, governments and countries around the world.
“Beginning right here in the UAE, where bold leadership is already addressing the mobility needs of tomorrow, we knew it was the right time to engage around electric vehicles, launching our Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is a practical and sustainable transport solution offering an unprecedented range of up to 520km on a single charge. The next step for us is to demystify electric vehicles and this collaboration is a strong platform to tackle this.”
Wassim Adlouni, Vice President and board member of Diamond Developers also had this to say about the MoU: “As the Middle East’s first fully operational sustainable community, The Sustainable City has set a strong benchmark in promoting sustainable living, in which environment-friendly mobility solutions play a central role. We have been promoting electric cars in our community, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We will work with like-minded partners in achieving the green vision of the nation outlined in the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021.”