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Dubai’s RTA to pilot use of electric buses

Batteries will be able to be recharged up to 80% in less than 30mins, with each bus able to cover up to 200 km with a full battery at a speed of 100 km per hour

Dubai’s RTA to pilot use of electric buses
RTA, Dubai Bus

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Sunday it is to trial the use of electric buses powered only by rechargeable batteries.

The batteries will be able to be recharged up to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes and the bus can cover up to 200 km with a full battery at a speed of 100 km per hour, the official state news agency WAM reported.

The RTA will coordinate with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) about future steps as regards providing the infrastructure for the electric vehicles.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, said: "The RTA will embark on the pilot operation of electric buses to assess the associated environmental benefits, measure the rate of reduced carbon emissions, identify the distance covered by the bus following each battery recharge process in addition to other parameters such as the bus speed, prescribed battery life span, ability to cope with the climatic conditions of the UAE particularly during summer, engine efficiency, and maintenance costs among others. In the light of these assessments, the RTA will decide on the next step to be taken. We recall that the RTA was the first entity in the region that embarked on a trial run of hybrid vehicles (operated by fuel and electricity) as part of the Dubai Taxi fleet in 2008."

"The RTA strongly supports efforts made by the Supreme Council of Energy to achieve Dubai's Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. This year the RTA has carried out 32 energy conservation initiatives and 8 green economy support initiatives. These initiatives, which are expected to achieve savings of about AED17 million, covered various RTA sectors and agencies, thus contributed to saving power consumption saved in Dubai Metro stations and railway, reducing water consumption, improving road lighting efficiency by using energy-efficient LED lighting, cutting down bus diesel consumption, and slashing taxi fuel consumption in addition to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in 2013 by 41 percent compared to 2012," Al Tayer added.

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