The Board of Directors of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced plans to transform taxis in Dubai to hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered drives by 2027.

The initiative is in line with RTA’s roadmap to make public transport emission-free at tailpipe by 2050.

Dubai Taxis
Transitioning away from diesel-powered vehicles meets the requirements of the Dubai Government’s strategic directions toward comprehensive environmental sustainability

At the end of 2022, 11,371 taxis were in operation in Dubai. They made 105 million trips and travelled over 2 billion kilometres throughout the year.

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, said:

The plan to transform taxis into environmentally-friendly vehicles translates the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai to optimise energy usage and promote environmental sustainability in the UAE.

RTA has taken decisive action toward creating a safe, clean, and sustainable environment that befits Dubai's reputation. This initiative supports the Dubai Government's efforts to introduce green vehicles and promote a cleaner environment.

The city’s infrastructure is key to supporting the switch to electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles.

For example, the reduction in electric vehicle charging times and the rollout of hydrogen refilling station makes the uptake of eco-friendly cars more viable.


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