The Tesla Model 3 which is being added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s taxi fleet on a trial basis. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that the Tesla Model 3 has been added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s taxi fleet on a trial basis, following the success of operating 172 Tesla vehicles in the limousine service since 2017. The trial operation aims to verify the efficiency of the vehicle when deployed on the taxi fleet in the emirate.

“The usage of Tesla electric vehicles in Dubai taxi fleet is an exceptional experience, which contributes in realising His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, Green Economy for Sustainable Development Initiative. It also supports Dubai Government’s energy and low carbon strategy aimed to make Dubai a model to be emulated in the efficient use of energy and reduced carbon emission,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, RTA.

“In 2017, RTA started the operation of 172 Tesla vehicles as part of the limousine fleet of the Dubai Taxi comprised of 80 Tesla Model S, 50 Tesla Model X, and 42 Tesla Model 3. These vehicles recorded positive indicators in operational efficiency, especially in terms of zero carbon emissions and a high customer satisfaction rating.

“The success of that experiment prompts us to widen the scope of using electric vehicles as part of the Dubai Taxi fleet over the upcoming years. It supports the initiative of converting 90 per cent of the limo fleet in Dubai into eco-friendly vehicles (hybrid/electric) by 2026. The initiative is the first of its kind worldwide in adopting a semi-total transformation of limousines into environmentally-friendly vehicles,” commented Al Tayer.

The operation of Tesla vehicles as part of the Dubai Taxi fleet was widely welcomed by partners and clients. They are being deployed on 24-hour service to serve all events and hotspots across the emirate, especially in Dubai airports, where DTC runs the biggest fleet of Tesla vehicles in the UAE.