Dubai to convert half of taxi fleet to hybrid by 2021

City’s Roads and Transport Authority aiming to have 4,750 hybrid taxis on streets in five years’ time

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced a plan to convert half of the city’s taxi fleet to hybrid by 2021.

The move is part of a strategy to reduce carbon emissions from the taxi sector by 2 percent in five years’ time.

The RTA chairman and director general, Mattar Al Tayer, said in a statement that the initiative would see 4,750 hybrid taxis taking to the streets by 2021, up from 147 last year.

"Results of the trial operation of hybrid taxis conducted by Dubai Taxi Corporation since 2008 indicated that they offer an environmental solution for reducing carbon emissions by 34 percent, slashing fuel consumption by 33 percent, besides cutting maintenance costs due to the low mechanical faults, and curbing noise levels,” Al Tayer said.

“Studies showed that replacing all taxicabs in Dubai by hybrid cabs would reduce carbon emissions by 230 thousand tons per annum, which translates into saving about AED170 million.”

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