The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi has installed four Tesla charging connectors.
The charging connectors will be free to use for everyone, including non-guests, as part of a green initiative by the hotel.
“We are delighted to launch this charging station, which will enable us to serve the growing number of motorists who choose electric vehicles,” said Marwan Fadel, hotel manager of The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi.
“As a forward-thinking property, we always strive to reduce our environmental impact, and adopting the latest technology can help us achieve our goals.”
The resort’s underground car park has been equipped with 12 charging points – four Tesla charging stations as well as a further eight universal ones, compatible with other brands.
The move reflects a growing interest in electric vehicles (EV) in the UAE which has seen at least five major automotive firms enter the market within the past two years.
The federal government is also promoting emission-free transport to both the public and private sectors. Last year, the UAE Supreme Council issued a directive calling for government institutions to ensure a tenth of all new vehicle purchases were electric or hybrid models.
Two banks signed agreements, in May, with the Ministry of Energy to offer auto finance at preferential rates to customers choosing such vehicles. Within the past two years alone, five major automotive firms – including Tesla have started selling electric or hybrid cars in the Emirates