Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has awarded a contract to acquire 554 environment-friendly hybrid vehicles.
The vehicles are fitted with a combination of fuel engine and electric motors and the additional vehicles are part of a plan to curb the pollution and make vehicles friendly to the environment of Dubai. Hybrid vehicles currently constitute about 11% of Dubai Taxi Corporation’s vehicle fleet of 503, which is expected to grow to 17 percent by the end of the year.
The initial trial operation of hybrid vehicles from 2008 to 2011 saw carbon emissions drop by 30 percent, according to Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of Dubai RTA.
“The step illustrates RTA’s commitment to the Master Plan calling for curbing carbon emissions from the taxi sector by 2% as required by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Green Economy initiative,” Al Tayer said.
“The underlying objective of using hybrid vehicles operation is to support Dubai initiative themed: green vehicles for a cleaner environment, besides assessing the feasibility of using hybrid vehicles in the Dubai Taxi fleet,” he added.
The RTA has endorsed a plan for converting 50% of Dubai taxicabs into hybrid vehicles by 2021.
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