The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that it will shortly embark on the trial run of electric buses (powered by batteries) where the battery can be recharged up to 80 per cent in less than 30 minutes.

The bus can cover up to 200km with a full battery at a speed of 100km per hour. The RTA will coordinate with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) about future steps regarding the infrastructure of electric vehicles.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said: “RTA will embark on the pilot operation of electric buses to assess the associated environmental benefits, measure the rate of reduced carbon emissions, identify the distance covered by the bus following each battery recharge … ability to cope with the UAE climatic conditions, particularly during summer, and maintenance costs among others.”

RTA had also embarked on a trial run of hybrid vehicles (operated by fuel and electricity) as part of the Dubai Taxi fleet in 2008.

This year the RTA has carried out 32 energy conservation initiatives and eight green economy support initiatives that are expected to achieve savings of about Dh17 million… see more

source: khaleejtimes