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Dubai to convert taxi fleet to hybrid vehicles

United Arab Emirates: Saturday, May 26 - 2007 @ 09:16

The new initiative will establish Dubai as a leading city in promoting a sustainable public transport system.

The move came following directives from His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to give priority to environmental matters and to pursue environmental and sustainable development outcomes as highlighted by the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015.

The Government of Dubai, through this initiative, aims to integrate environmental outcomes within transportation policies with the ultimate aim of reducing vehicle emissions and protecting the environment.

Hybrid cars, which use electric energy in addition to conventional fuels, are highly effective in reducing transport –related environmental emissions worldwide. Such vehicles have been successfully operating for many years in the US, Japan, the UK, Canada and France. Dubai will join this select group of developed countries in leading the introduction of hybrid vehicles.

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