RTA chief discusses Dubai's electric vehicle plan with Elon Musk

The two discussed deliveries of the 200 Tesla vehicles on order for the Dubai taxi fleet
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk met with Mattar al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority at the LA CoMotion Congress in California, according to the RTA.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Sun 19 Nov 2017 09:36 AM

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk met with Mattar al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority at the LA CoMotion Congress in California, according to the RTA.

The RTA said the two men “discussed developments related to the 200 vehicles purchased by the RTA and operated as part of Dubai Taxi Fleet to serve the Dubai Airport.”

“Discussions also included the services provided by Dubai to electric vehicles, and developments in connection with the new boring machine,” the transport authority added.

In September, RTA took delivery of 50 Tesla electric vehicles as part of the 200-vehicle deal for Model S and Model X Teslas. According to RTA, an additional 75 are slated for delivery in 2018, with the final 75 to be delivered in 2019.

RTA is also the Dubai government entity responsible for the implementation of the Dubai Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy, which has the eventual aim of ensuring that a quarter of all journeys in Dubai will be driverless by 2030.

Al Tayer’s meeting with Musk came just days after Tesla unveiled what the company believes will be the world’s fastest production car, a four-seat version of the Tesla Roadster EV that – equipped with a 200kW battery – can reach 100kph in 1.9 seconds.

Additionally, the company unveiled the Tesla Semi Truck, which is capable of hauling over 36,000 kilograms using self-driving technology.

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