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Oil-rich Dubai is now considering offering incentives for electric cars.

Under consideration are programs to  subsidize the price of an electric car to promote more widespread use of the clean vehicles.

As Arabian Business reports:

The incentives would be part of the smart city initiative that Dubai is promoting, as it looks to make the use of electric cars more attractive.

Speaking at the inauguration of the first public Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said Dubai is looking at ways of encouraging people to use the vehicles.

“The Executive Council of Dubai is studying various proposals to encourage people to use eco-friendly vehicles,” Al Tayer told Gulf News.

“Having the infrastructure ready for charging the vehicles is a first step in this direction. Various other things are being looked at like reducing the customs duty or subsidising the cost for buyers,” he added.

Additionally, Dubai is considering waiving customs duty, reducing registration costs and offering dealership-level incentives for electric cars.

By the end of 2015, Dubai expects to have at least 100 public chargers in operation.

Source: Arabian Business