More hybrid taxis for Dubai

Posted on Aug 27, 2017 by

is adding 554 hybrid vehicles to its taxi fleet with the goal of making 50 percent of the emirate’s taxis electrified vehicles by the year 2021 

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It seems 2017 really is the year of the electric vehicle () in the . Besides US automaker Tesla launching its first regional showroom in Dubai and grabbing headlines, there was also DEWA’s commitment to increasing the number of vehicle chargers in the city to 200, the announcement of incentives for EV purchases in the UAE, and the first autonomous police vehicle in the region.

The latest move in Dubai’s initiate towards a greener environment comes from the Roads and Transport Authority (, with chairman HE Mattar Al Tayer just endorsing the addition of 554 hybrid vehicles to the city’s taxi fleet.

Powered by a combination of an electric motor and internal combustion engine, hybrid vehicles currently make up 11 percent of Dubai’s taxi fleet, with 503 hybrids currently operating around the emirate. With the beefing-up of the numbers the proportion of hybrid vehicles is about to grow to 17 percent of the total.

“The directives call for nurturing a safe, clean, attractive and sustainable environment capable of enhancing the image and profile of Dubai,” said Al Tayer.

Dubai started experimenting with hybrids in its taxi fleet in 2008, since finding fuel efficiency gains to the tune of 30 percent with carbon emissions decreasing by 30 percent as well.

The RTA plans to convert half of Dubai’s taxis to hybrids or electrified vehicles over the next four years, as part of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Green Economy drive requirements. That amounts to a total of around 4,750 vehicles by 2021.

The underlying objective of using hybrid vehicles is to support Dubai’s initiative themed, ‘Green vehicles for a cleaner environment,'” added Al Tayer.

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