November 16, 2007
General Motors and Government of Dubai to bring hybrids to the Middle East
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrids will be sent to the Middle East for evaluation. Click image to enlarge
Dubai, UAE – General Motors and Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have announced an agreement for an evaluation program that will bring hybrid vehicles to the Middle East. The agreement, which includes local market evaluation of GM’s new Chevrolet Tahoe Two-Mode Hybrid and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, could eventually lead to one of the largest hybrid vehicle fleets in the world.
“We are honoured that Dubai RTA selected the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and Malibu Hybrid for this program,” said Maureen Kempston Darkes, GM Group Vice President and President of GM Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. “This is further evidence that our environmental strategy goes to markets all around the world, and is truly a global effort to reduce emissions and develop sustainable transportation. These advanced technology vehicles are leaders in their automotive segments, and selecting them is testimony to the visionary leadership of the Government of Dubai.”
The agreement calls for a one-year program, beginning in January 2008, that will result in a small fleet of hybrids to be used as limousines and taxis by RTA on the roads in Dubai. General Motors will provide technical training on safety and other aspects for 15 RTA technicians, along with training for 40 drivers of Dubai Taxi. During the program, GM and the RTA will work together to validate the vehicles for use and serviceability, with the intent for Dubai RTA to consider the Chevrolet hybrids for its fleet plans scheduled for early 2009.