The Tesla all-electric Model S and Model X introduced at the new Tesla Store in Dubai on July 12. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Dubai: Testing standards for electric, hybrid and self-driving vehicles have been approved by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), clearing the way for use of these next generation of vehicles in Dubai.

“RTA has endorsed the testing standards of electric, hybrid and self-driving vehicles in line with the best standards applied in leading countries in this regard. The Maturity Index of these standards has been developed to make Dubai pioneer in this field,” said Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency.

The standards were finalised after thorough deliberation and review by a team of experts as well as stakeholders, including manufacturers and testing centres.

“About 66 workshops were held with vehicle manufacturers, approved testing centres in Dubai, and consultants to review these standards and share knowledge and ideas about them. During these workshops, the responsibilities of each party were clearly defined, and plans were developed to ensure their successful implementation,” added Al Ali.

He added that the RTA has given due consideration to the components of electric and hybrid vehicles such as the high-voltage battery, internal charging system, circuit breaker, and transformer.

“Universal standards have been set up for implementation by technical inspection centres across Dubai, which were briefed about the role of equipment manufacturers. As for self-driving vehicles, the technical testing standards and related technologies will ensure the primacy and pioneering role of Dubai in this class of vehicles,” he said.