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Dubai's fleet of 50 Tesla taxis completes 2 million km

The units, which are being operated by Dubai Taxi Corporation, have made more than 64,000 trips since their roll-out in September 2017

Tesla taxis are being operated in Dubai [image: Dubai Media Office].
Tesla taxis are being operated in Dubai [image: Dubai Media Office].

50 Tesla electric vehicle (EV) units that are being operated as taxis in Dubai have completed more than 2.1 million km since their roll-out.

The cars have made 64,186 trips since their launch in September 2017, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced. 

Adel Ahmed Sharif, director of fleet operations at Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), said customer satisfaction for the vehicles had been rated at 97%. 

He added: "We have a total of 50 Tesla electric vehicles on the roads, and the demand is still on the rise for such luxury vehicles.

READ: Dubai portal eyes rentals to boost electric vehicle uptake

"We will beef up the fleet to 125 electric vehicles this year, and we have 13 charging stations across Dubai.

"The launch of Tesla electric cars is part of Dubai’s push towards the Green Economy for Sustainable Development Initiative, saving about $1.2m (AED4.3m) of fuel consumption," Sharif continued.

Tesla EVs can be booked at the Dubai International Airport (DXB), using the Uber app, or through DTC's call and email services.

Features such as Powerwall and Powerpack Batteries will be added to DTC's Tesla fleet over time. 

Sharif said that the authority also has specific criteria to select drivers for its EV units, based on period assessments. 

"The best [drivers] will be [offered] training courses at DTC’s training centre as part of RTA’s vision for providing smooth and easy transport for all," he added.


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