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Dubai residents will soon enjoy even greater peace of mind as they travel through the city, as a new fleet of luxury hybrid vehicles enters into services at the Dubai Taxi Corporation.
The 10 new Lexus hybrid vehicles, Model ES300h, introduced to its luxury fleet this week join an existing fleet of 385 hybrid vehicles already in operation. The move brings the city another step closer to achieving a 19 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2021.
Taxi users in Dubai can recognize a hybrid vehicle by a distinctive green-leaf sticker on the back bumper.
DTC, a subsidiary of the Roads and Transport Authority, now operates almost 400 hybrid vehicles, bringing it closer to its goal of replacing 50 per cent of Dubai’s taxi fleet with hybrid vehicles in the next 5 years, and to achieving the city’s goal for 2% electric or hybrid vehicles on Dubai roads by 2020.
The move additionally supports the Smart Dubai 2021 strategy, which directs government entities to adopt smart technology solutions to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to all city residents and visitors.
“The Dubai Taxi Corporation is making every effort to generate innovative ideas and utilise the latest technologies to leverage the operational efficiency of its taxicabs, and conserve energy and environment,” said Yousuf Mohammad Al Ali, CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation.
Carbon emissions from hybrid vehicles is 34% less than that of standard vehicles, resulting in a potentially dramatic reduction in overall pollutants when considered en masse. Hybrid vehicles also record an average 27% reduction in fuel consumption over standard vehicles, mean consumers and the city can enjoy economic benefits from hybrid vehicles alongside environmental gains.
DTC began testing hybrid vehicles in 2008. Future plans for DTC include converting 5,000 vehicles of its fleet into Lexus ES300H environment-friendly hybrid cars by 2021.