RTA Inks Strategic Collaboration with Al-Futtaim Automotive To Deploy Electric and Hybrid Vehicles


Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Al-Futtaim Automotive have agreed on a three-year deployment plan for 360 vehicles, including hybrid and electric versions, for usage at major conferences and events in Dubai. In accordance with the agreement, which supports the RTA's sustainable transportation system and the "Zero-Emissions Public Transportation in Dubai 2050" goal, RTA's official mobility partner will also help the Authority continue to develop its infrastructure and technology for electric charging.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, and Paul Willis, President of Al-Futtaim Automotive, signed the agreement on the sidelines of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Barcelona in the presence of several senior representatives from each organisation.

Mattar Al Tayer added “The partnership supports the UAE’s efforts to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, a goal that is consistent with the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda D33. The D33 strategy seeks to cement Dubai’s position as one of the world’s top urban economies by fostering stronger ties with the private sector"

“This agreement forms part of implementing the ‘Zero-Emissions Public Transportation in Dubai 2050′ strategy aimed at fully transitioning all buses, taxis and limousines to zero-emissions vehicles. RTA aims to convert 100 percent of its public buses to electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2050, and transform 100percent of its taxis to electric and hydrogen vehicles by 2040.

“RTA has long been a pioneer in sustainable transportation in the region by deploying hybrid vehicles within its taxi fleet as early as 2008, and rolling out electric vehicles as taxis from 2017,” he added.

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