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Dubai taxi franchise adds 269 Tesla cars to meet green goals

Arabia Taxi Dubai
Arabia Taxi Dubai is moving to converting its fleet to a fully electric and carbon-free one

Arabia Taxi Dubai, a subsidiary of UAE-based Economic Group Holdings, has signed an agreement with Tesla Motors Dubai to add 269 ‘Model 3’ cars to its taxi fleet this month.

The move is in line with the strategy of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to convert taxi vehicles into 100 percent environmentally friendly – hybrid, electric and hydrogen – vehicles by 2027.

Economic Group Holdings owns 6,000 vehicles, the UAE’s largest fleet of private taxi vehicles, the company said in a statement.

“These new 269 vehicles are a giant leap towards converting the company’s fleet to a fully electric and carbon-free one,” the statement added. 

Sheikh Majid bin Hamad Al Qasimi, owner and chairman of the company, said 83 percent of the cars in Dubai’s fleet are currently operating with environmentally friendly hybrid engine technology.

“The company is working on a strategic plan to convert the remaining vehicles into fully electric cars and is considering the possibility of using hydrogen-powered vehicles in the future,” he said.

The company is seeking to cooperate with Tesla and several electric car manufacturers to offer sustainable transportation options, Al Qasimi added.

Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of the public transport agency at the RTA, stressed the importance of joint cooperation between the authority and the franchise companies to improve the emirate’s electric transport infrastructure.