Dubai plans to convert half of the city’s taxi fleet to hybrid by 2021 according to a recent announcement by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). As many as 4,750 hybrid taxis are expected to be on the the streets of Dubai by 2021.
“Results of the trial operation of hybrid taxis conducted by Dubai Taxi Corporation since 2008 indicated that they offer an environmental solution for reducing carbon emissions by 34 percent,” said Mattar Al Tayer, RTA chairman and director general. “The move will also slash fuel consumption by 33 per cent, besides cutting maintenance costs due to the low mechanical faults, and curbing noise levels,” Al Tayer said.
Dubai has been woking on strategy to reduce carbon emissions from the taxi sector by 2 percent in five years’ time and this move is seen as a step towards that stated goal.
Studies have showed that replacing all taxicabs in Dubai by hybrid cabs would reduce carbon emissions by 230 thousand tons per annum, which translates into saving about AED170 million.
The fast pace of growth in Dubai also warrants for such measure that support clean energy usage to sustain the city’s phenomenal growth in the last few decades.