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Dubai Police test drive the fuel cell Toyota Mirai

Al-Futtaim Motors hands over zero-emission Mirai, Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle powered by hydrogen, for testing as part of the Dubai Police fleet.

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police attends the handover of a Toyota Mirai by Al-Futtaim Motors.
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police attends the handover of a Toyota Mirai by Al-Futtaim Motors.

Dubai Police has test driven a zero-emission Mirai, Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle powered only by hydrogen and emitting only water vapour as a by-product, in partnership with Al-Futtaim Motors, the distributor of Toyota in the UAE.

Unlike battery-powered electric vehicles, the Toyota Mirai has a performance rating that competes on equal terms with traditional internal combustion engines, and can run for more than 500km without the need to refuel.

Al-Futtaim Motors also handed over the first Lexus ES 350 hybrid to the Dubai Police in a symbolic demonstration of the commitment of both organisations to spreading green awareness in sympathy with the UAE Vision 2021’s sustainable environment initiatives.

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, said: “The introduction of environmentally friendly vehicles into our patrol fleet is important as the Force aims to adopt more sustainable energy sources, including renewable energy, as well as reducing carbon emissions that are harmful to the environment.”

“The General HQ has developed many initiatives to protect natural environments, such as the planting of mangrove trees in the Ras Al Khor area, which has become a globally recognised nature reserve, as well as many initiatives to combat air pollution by reducing traffic congestion and introducing regulations for the maintenance of vehicles to reduce harmful emissions.”

Other initiatives include combating marine pollution with new equipment and boats, in addition to planting one million trees in Dubai, and the introduction of green vehicles to serve employees and visitors at the General HQ, as well as in the Dubai Police fleet.

Lexus has been distributing hybrid vehicles in the UAE for more than seven years, and today offers the largest choice of hybrid vehicles to consumers and businesses, including the Lexus LS, GS, RX and CT models.

The Lexus ES 350 hybrid handed over by Al-Futtaim Motors is joining the fleet on a pilot basis.

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