Chaired by HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), RTA Board has endorsed an initiative to transform 90% of limousines operating in Dubai into environmental-friendly vehicles (hybrid/electric) by 2026. The initiative is the first of its kind worldwide in the semi-total conversion of the limo fleet into green vehicles.
According to the plan, which runs for seven years, 65% of the Dubai limousine fleet will be hybrid vehicles and 25% electric vehicles. The plan envisages building up the ratio of green limos gradually from the current 6% to 10% by 2020, and double up to 20% in 2021. The proportion of environmental-friendly vehicles will pick up to 30% by 2022, and the momentum will continue annually afterwards to reach 40% in 2023, 55% in 2024, 70% in 2025 until hitting the targeted rate of 90% in 2026.
“This initiative is implemented under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to save power consumption in the UAE, which is crucial for the environmental sustainability and development projects with its various components. It also fosters a safe, clean and sustainable environment that will leverage the profile of Dubai. In addition, it contributes to the Dubai Government initiative to introduce green vehicles for a cleaner environment,” said Al Tayer.