More Hybrid Vehicles Make Their Way to Dubai
It looks as if 2017 has been heavenly for the electric cars in the UAE. With so many events related to EVs happening around the UAE, such as Tesla inaugurating its first showroom as well as an increase in the number of EV chargers to reach 200, this sure is a glorious time.
Additionally, there also has been an announcement pertaining to the incentives for any EV purchases in the UAE and a first of its kind autonomous police vehicle in the region.
In a further move, Dubai RTA has endorsed adding 554 hybrid vehicles to the Dubai’s taxi fleet. This comes apart from RTA’s plan to have 200 Tesla EVs as taxis in near future.
Hybrid vehicles make up 11 percent of the taxi fleet in Dubai and are powered by a combo of internal combustion engine and an electric motor. With 503 hybrids making up 11 percent of the total fleet, the total number will climb to 17 percent after all the new cars are added.
Since 2008, Dubai has started experimenting with hybrid vehicles and have come up with gains of around 30 percent in a decrease in carbon emissions and 30 percent of fuel efficiency.
Dubai’s RTA plans to convert somewhere about half of Dubai’s taxis to electrified or hybrid vehicles in the next four years. This commitment comes as a part of the Supreme Council of Energy and Green Economy, Dubai’s drive requirements. This will put the total number of all non-conventional vehicles to a number of 4,750 vehicles by 2021.