Revolution on Wheels: UAE Set to Transform Roads with Electric & Hybrid Takeover, Survey Results Reveal

Al-Futtaim Automotive, a prominent division of Al-Futtaim Group, which is the Strategic E-Mobility Partner of the recently concluded COP28, has released the results of an in-depth poll examining the challenges and opinions of citizens regarding the adoption of electric vehicles in UAE. 

Survey Reveals Strong Interest in Electric Vehicles in UAE

In conjunction with YouGov, the study gathered feedback from 2,008 participants. The results of the survey showed notable changes in viewpoints that indicate the shifting preferences for modes of transportation. 

To start, 64% of respondents expressed concern about the environmental effects of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, which is strongly backed by their desire to switch to electric vehicles in the near future.

A growing trend toward electric vehicles is evident from the finding that 26% of those who do not presently own an EV say they would like to buy one in the next 12 months, and 50% stated they might think about switching to an EV during that time.

Unexpectedly, 63% of respondents said they would switch to electric vehicles as their main form of transportation within the next six months to two years, demonstrating how quickly they are moving toward sustainable mobility.

Seven out of ten residents believe that within the next five years, there will be EV charging stations every few kilometers in the UAE, which is indicative of the high level of customer confidence in the country’s growing EV infrastructure.

Consumers also anticipated a large-scale shift to electric vehicles in UAE; over one-third of respondents said they thought between 30 and 50 percent of UAE residents would use EVs or hybrid vehicles by 2030.

Examining the Push and Pull Factors in UAE’s Electric Vehicle Transition

Safety issues (49%), maintenance expenses (44%), lack of infrastructure for EV charging (41%), battery longevity (41%), and resale value (32%) are noted as the primary barriers to the adoption of EVs.

In addition, 68% of the respondents think that EVs are more costly than conventional gasoline vehicles, which may deter buyers from switching.

EV charging is a significant cause of anxiety, especially since 44% of residents are unable to install a charging station at home.

However, a few other factors are also driving the UAE’s transition to electric cars. Among these are increased charging stations (54%), quicker charging times (54%), improved battery technology (54%), and better vehicle ranges (52%) are ranked as the most important elements that will affect their choices and motivate more consumers to convert to electric vehicles.

Al-Futtaim Automotive’s E-Mobility Ecosystem Unveiled at COP28

Al-Futtaim Automotive has been leading the UAE’s move to green mobility since 2008. Through a number of ground-breaking initiatives, Al-Futtaim Automotive has increased its attention to electric mobility over the past two years. 

With its e-mobility ecosystem on display at COP28, Al-Futtaim Automotive gave audiences in the UAE and around the globe an opportunity to witness how the green mobility industry is growing in the area and to see the products, solutions, and innovations that the company is using to make sustainable mobility a standard.


Undoubtedly, these results not only demonstrate overwhelmingly positive feedback but also provide a comprehensive reflection of the changing perceptions among UAE customers regarding electric mobility. 

Last Updated on March 19, 2024 by News Editor

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