“The plan encompasses beefing up the fleet of hybrid taxicabs in Dubai from 147 in 2015 to 791 taxicabs by 2016, 1582 taxicabs by 2017, 2375 taxicabs by 2018, 3167 taxicabs by 2019, 3959 taxicabs by 2020, and to further increase the number to 4750 hybrid taxicabs by 2021. The Dubai Taxi Corporation will account for lion’s share of these hybrid taxicabs in as much as 2280 cabs, followed by Cars Taxi (900 cabs), National Taxi (812 cabs), Arabia Taxi (463 cabs), Metro Taxi (377 cabs), and City Taxi (18 cabs),” explained Al Tayer.
“RTA is endeavoring to bring about a quantum shift in the infrastructure of mass transit systems to make them environment-friendly, and capable of accommodating the rising demand for transit means in the Emirate. RTA is the first entity in the region to take the initiative of experimenting the operation of hybrid (fuel-electric) vehicles as part of the Taxi fleet in 2008.
“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%, slashing fuel consumption by 33%, besides cutting maintenance costs due to the low mechanical faults, and curbing noise levels. For instance the normal vehicle requires about 12.5 liters to travel 100 km, whereas the hybrid vehicles needs about 8.25 liters to travel the same distance. The amount of carbon emission generated by the normal vehicle is estimated as 182 kg per day, whereas the hybrid vehicle generates about 121 kg of carbon emissions per day only. Studies 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,” added Al Tayer.
“RTA attaches paramount attention to environmental conservation and optimizing power consumption. Environmental safety & sustainability is enshrined in the strategic goals of RTA, which has undertaken a raft of projects, programs & initiatives for saving energy consumption and conserving the environment.
At the top of these projects comes the Dubai Metro, which had been manufactured using state-of-the-art technologies to make it environment-friendly. For instance, RTA started using regenerative braking power of the Dubai Metro to feed the metro line, replaced the old public bus fleet by modern buses compatible with Euro 4-5 specifications. These buses are fitted with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, and Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology. It has also started the trial run of the Electric Bus that is operated by electric power only through recharging batteries. The battery can be recharged in less than 30 minutes, and the bus can travel up to 200 km with a fully charged battery,” stated Al Tayer.
“As for marine transit modes, RTA has launched the operation of CNG-powered abras instead of diesel-powered ones to live up to its commitment of improving the marine transit service between the two shores of the Dubai Creek. In 2013, RTA deployed seven electric-powered abras fitted with electric motors instead of the traditional diesel motors, and the project was broadened to include 17 abras. In August 2015, RTA launched the operation of five modern abras featuring a heritage-inspired design, powered by high-octane benzene. Additionally, this year RTA has started the trial run of a solar-powered abra.
“As for lighting, RTA started upgrading the efficiency of street lights by introducing power-saving lights using LED lighting technology in a bid to reduce electric power consumption in this field, and accordingly reduce carbon emissions. The project resulted in reducing carbon footprint by more than 3000 tons per annum. As part of its strategic plan, RTA is planning to replace all street lights with LED lights by 2030, which would reduce the carbon footprint of RTA’s operations by about 27,000 mega tons of carbon,” explained RTA’s Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors.
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