Hybrid Camry fleets now doing rounds in the capital
Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, has handed over a fleet of Toyota Hybrid Camry vehicles to the Abu Dhabi branch of Cars Taxi. Earlier this year, Al-Futtaim Motors handed over a fleet of Toyota Hybrid Camry vehicles, to be used by the Dubai branch of Cars Taxi, offering sustainable public transportation in line with the UAE government’s commitment to a cleaner environment.
The announcement was made at a handover ceremony attended by Mohammed Darwish Al-Qamzi, General Manager of The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars, Adbuallah Sultan Al Sabbagh, Executive Director Cars Taxi, Jon Williams, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Motors and a number of senior officials from these companies.
“During a typical 700,000Kms lifecycle, a Toyota Hybrid Camry will achieve a total of 35 percent reduction in fuel consumption compared to a conventional vehicle of the same category, saving its owner more than AED 50,000 in fuel costs.” said Williams.
Upon receiving the vehicles, Abdullah Sultan Al Sabbagh, Executive Director, Cars Taxi said: “We are proud to become the first taxi operator to introduce hybrid vehicles in Abu Dhabi in line with our government’s directives designed to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. Public transportation and taxis have a major role to play in regards to contributing to lower harmful emissions and we will continue to invest in environmentally-friendly solutions to help the government achieve its objectives.
“Our own research has shown that the 55 new Camrys that will enter our fleet as a result of this deal will achieve CO2 emission reduction of 3,085 tonnes over 700,000Kms, while shaving off more than AED 3 million in fuel costs and parts.”
Mohammed Darwish Al-Qamzi, General Manager of The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars, confirmed that the Centre has placed great importance on maintaining a clean environment, overseeing the largest fleet of vehicles powered by natural gas, in addition to the airport fleet that operates on environmentally friendly diesel, as well as the new fleet of Camry taxis.
This year, Toyota marks 17 years of hybrid technology leadership having sold over 6 million hybrid vehicles with a portfolio that currently offers 23 models worldwide, four times more than any other competitor. Its global hybrid fleet has already saved more than 12 billion litres of fuel and 34 million tonnes of CO2 emissions compared to the same number of equivalent, conventionally powered vehicles.