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Dnata acquires eco-friendly hybrid fleet from Al-Futtaim Motors

Dubai-based air service firm Dnata invests in a fleet of Hino 300 Series hybrid trucks, Toyota electric towing trucks, Lexus RX 450h and Toyota Prius models, as part of an eco-friendly growth strategy

A Hino 300 Series hybrid truck, electric towing truck from Toyota Material Handling and Toyota Prius acquired by Dnata.
A Hino 300 Series hybrid truck, electric towing truck from Toyota Material Handling and Toyota Prius acquired by Dnata.

Dubai-based air service firm Dnata has invested in a fleet of hybrid vehicles from Al-Futtaim Motors, including Hino 300 Series hybrid trucks, electric towing trucks from Toyota Material Handling, and Lexus RX 450h and Toyota Prius models, as part of an eco-friendly growth strategy.

Gary Chapman, president for group services & Dnata at Emirates, said: “We have been committed to environmental awareness for quite some time, having been involved in many conservation projects at home and abroad.

“In our search for the best vehicles to cater to the world’s busiest airport, Al-Futtaim Motors were able to meet our requirements on several fronts, and support us in working tirelessly to significantly decrease our emissions through greener transport solutions across the business.”

The Hino 300 Series Hybrid light-duty truck range features what was the world’s first hybrid diesel engine when designed, and Al-Futtaim Motors conducted its first handover in the UAE in July to the Oasis Water Company.

Like the conventional petrol-engine Hino light-duty trucks, the hybrid variant can be used with mounted chiller body, freezer body or dry cargo box, making it the ideal environmentally friendly transport solution for a range of transport services.

Bertrand Thiebaut, Senior MD of Al-Futtaim Motors, noted: “Dnata has been in the UAE practically as long as Al-Futtaim Motors, and both companies share an innate desire to contribute more to the society by providing services that will help build a greener future for upcoming generations.

“This collaboration is testament to our growing portfolio of strategic tie-ups across the UAE, as we continue to supply the best green products from across our brands to suit a wide range of needs. We look forward to seeing our hybrid vehicles deliver dnata’s green transport targets.”

The 2017 Lexus RX450 hybrid comes equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-6 petrol engine and revised hybrid powertrain components producing 308 horsepower, and is already considered the best-selling model in the brand’s 26-year history, with global sales of more than 2.1 million units.

The Toyota Prius was meanwhile the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle (petrol-electric) when initially launched in 1997, and has since sold over 3.7 million cars around the globe.

The new 2017 Prius employs a petrol engine and an electric motor, and can be powered by the engine, the electric motor or a combination of both, automatically choosing the most efficient mode for the best mileage and lowest emissions for a fuel efficiency of 26.1km per litre.

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