Dubai’s limos to go fully green by 2026
Dubai’s transport regulator has revealed a plan to make almost all of the city’s limousines environmental friendly by 2026.
According to the plan, 90% of limousines operating in Dubai will see a semi-total conversion into green limos.
Under the plan, which runs for seven years, 65% of the Dubai limousine fleet will be hybrid cars, while the remaining 25% will be electric cars.
The ratio of green limos will be gradually increased from the current 6% to 10% by 2020, and double up to 20% in 2021.
The proportion of environmental-friendly cars will pick up to 30% by 2022, and the momentum will continue annually afterwards to reach 40% in 2023, 55% in 2024, 70% in 2025, and 90% in 2026.
The plan is part of a master program to curb carbon emissions of taxis and limos by 2% as required by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Green Economy drive.
According to the RTA, about 6,500 limos are operated in Dubai by 100 companies or more. A significant chunk of this fleet in Dubai is working with Uber and Careem, the two ride-hailing apps operational in the Emirate. Uber acquired Careem in March this year.
To push the use of greener limos on Dubai roads, the RTA is also offering a 25% discount on the monthly franchise fees on electric vehicles throughout the first year as well as the permission to use bus-dedicated lanes.
The RTA also has a plan to transform 50% of Dubai taxi fleet into hybrid vehicles by 2021.