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Dubai Municipality adds 20 eco-friendly cars to its fleet

Department wants 10 percent of its fleet to comprise electric, hybrid vehicles

Dubai Municipality adds 20 eco-friendly cars to its fleet

Dubai Municipality has added 20 new eco-friendly vehicles to its existing fleet.

The Toyota Prius cars are part of its directives to have 10 percent of its total fleet to consist of hybrid and electric vehicles.

The hybrid cars carry a variety of environmental features as they are operated by integrating their gasoline engines with an electric motor and large hybrid battery that is charged continuously when braking and decelerating, the municipality said in a statement.

The hybrid system pairs an electric motor that provides power at low speeds with an engine that delivers it at high speeds. The integrated generator charges the battery while driving, with the stored energy having the capacity to cover a distance of 700 to 1100 kilometres.

The municipality aims to reduce carbon emissions by operating vehicles using alternative energy, cutting down maintenance and operation cost, as well as reducing health risks from harmful emissions.

Dubai’s Green Transport initiative, launched in September 2015, is aimed to encourage the use of sustainable transport, to help achieve a 19 percent decrease in total carbon emissions in the emirate, according to state news agency WAM.

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