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Dubai Taxi enhances fleet with 80 hybrid vehicles.

Total number of hybrid vehicles in Dubai Taxi fleet is 145

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has added 80 new hybrid Toyota Camry cars to its taxi fleet, raising the number of the eco vehicles from 65 to 145.

The step is part of the authority's plan to curb pollution resulting from vehicle emissions.

"This initiative, which manifests the implementation of power-saving policies in the UAE, is important to development projects, and nurturing a safe, clean and attractive environment capable of raising the profile of Dubai," said Dr Yousef Al Ali, CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC).

"With the deregulation of the fuel prices policy adopted since August 2015, and the anticipated growth coupled with the world's economic recovery, it is logical to phase out the existing fleet of fuel-powered taxicabs and replace them by hybrid vehicles, especially as the resultant fuel consumption efficiency rate has risen by 30 per cent and carbon dioxide emissions rate has soared by 30 per cent.

"The ordinary vehicle, for instance, needs about 12.1 litres to cover 100km, whereas the hybrid vehicle needs about 8.47 litres to cover the same distance. The ordinary vehicle generates about 289 kg of carbon dioxide emissions per day, whereas the hybrid vehicle generates about 202 kg of carbon dioxide emissions per day.

"The operational results of hybrid vehicles at the DTC showed fuel consumption savings of as much as 25.41 litres per vehicle per day and saving in fuel expenses by Dhs54.38 per vehicle per day [fuel price at Dhs2.14 per litre]."

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Publication:7 Days (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Oct 21, 2015
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