Dubai International Motor Show highlights electric cars

15 Nov 2019

This year’s Dubai International Motor Show is seeing the discussion of automation and electrification take centre stage, and the motor industry is being taken by storm by battery-powered cars.

The growing pressure on the industry to make use of clean energy and cut down on emissions has only reaffirmed the key nature of electric vehicles as the solution for the future.

This is the area that exhibitors have been focusing on championing at the Dubai International Motor Show’s 15th event, which is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Exhibitors are also pointing to the major role that electric vehicles are expected to play in the cities of the future.

Manufacturers want to prove that there is more to going electric than just the elimination of the internal combustion engine and that electric models also receive a design, functionality and form makeover.

Brands have been showcasing their sleek new electric vehicles at the Dubai International Motor Show, demonstrating that they are staying in front of the worldwide electrification innovations.

The electric revolution is being led by manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz with its EQC, General Motors with the new Chevrolet Bolt, Mitsubishi with the PHEV Outlander, and BMW with the brand-new i3.

These manufacturers have also announced that the Middle East will see next-generation or new-model electric vehicles sometime in 2020.

GAC Motor’s new electric cars, the GE3 and the AionS, are also making their debut in the region.

John Roth, the president of General Motors, reaffirmed his company’s goal of zero congestion, zero crashes and zero emissions by rolling out the new-generation Chevy Bolt, which comes with an Onstar connected vehicle platform.

The managing director of Jaguar Land Rover in the Middle East and North Africa region, Bruce Robertson, says that the Jaguar i-PACE is aligned with the commitment made by the United Arab Emirates to cut carbon emissions by 16% by 2021.

The new i-PACE is predicted to redefine the whole of the electric car space.

The show floor has also been showcasing demonstrations on the usage of that energy.

Nissan is giving visitors to the show the opportunity to be hands-on with the future via the use of V2G (vehicle to grid) solutions at its stand.

Nissan Middle East’s managing director Thierry Sabbagh says that his company has been at the forefront of pioneering electric vehicle technology for many decades.

The beginning of this decade in 2010 saw the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first mass-market electric vehicle in the world, which is now the bestselling electric car in the world.

In 2019, the Energy Sharing Corner has showcased the way that the generation and utilisation of energy can potentially be revolutionised.

Sabbagh says that Nissan wants its customers to understand that electric vehicles will have uses in almost every aspect of life above and beyond just driving.

Anyone who is driving a vehicle in the UAE – electric or otherwise – still needs to take out car insurance.

Car insurance offers financial protection from theft and accidents that involve damage to your motor vehicle and those of other road users.