90 per cent of the limo fleet in Dubai will be converted to eco-friendly vehicles by 2026…

Back in 2017, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that it added a number of cars from electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla to its limo fleet.

It proved to be a huge success which is why RTA has announced that it will be adding Tesla Model 3 saloons to the Dubai Taxi Corporation’s taxi fleet. It is currently in its trial phase to verify the efficiency of the vehicle when deployed on the taxi fleet in the emirate.

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Speaking on the addition of the Tesla vehicles to the fleet, His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA stated, “It is an exceptional experience which contributes to realising His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s Green Economy for Sustainable Development Initiative. It also supports the Dubai Government’s energy and low carbon strategy aimed to make Dubai a model to be emulated in the efficient use of energy and reduced carbon emission,”

He added in 2017, a total number of 172 Tesla vehicles as part of the limousine fleet of the Dubai Taxi. This included 80 Tesla Model S, 50 Tesla Model X, and 42 Tesla Model 3. Al Tayer stated that the vehicles “recorded positive indicators in operational efficiency, especially in terms of zero carbon emissions and a high customer satisfaction rating.”

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Al Tayer stated that the success of the experiment prompted RTA to widen the scope of using electric vehicles as part of the Dubai Taxi fleet over the upcoming years. By 2026, 90 per cent of the limo fleet in Dubai will be converted to eco-friendly vehicles (hybrid/electric). Al Tayer commented that the ‘initiative is the first of its kind worldwide in adopting a semi-total transformation of limousines into environmentally-friendly vehicles’.

Last month in June, RTA also revealed that Dubai streets are now being mapped to prepare for driverless cars. The driverless taxis will be trialled in the city by the end of 2022 with the actual service expected to be rolled out in 2023.

Images: Roads and Transport Authority