General Motors has delivered its first hybrid vehicles in the Middle East to the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
General Motors has delivered its first hybrid vehicles in the Middle East to the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).. Click image to enlarge

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – General Motors has delivered its first hybrid vehicles in the Middle East to the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The vehicles, which include the Chevrolet Tahoe and Malibu hybrid, are part of a project that involves a twelve-month trial using the vehicles as public taxis. It could eventually lead to one of the largest hybrid fleets in the world.

The agreement is a first step in the RTA’s comprehensive plan to make all taxis in Dubai environmentally-friendly. “When the Dubai Government decided to investigate the feasibility of alternative propulsion systems in the Middle East, GM moved very quickly to support them,” said Terry Johnsson, president of GM-Middle East Operations. “Naturally, we are very pleased to be part of such an historic and important project.”

GM was the first automotive company to approach the Dubai Government on the project. The cooperation includes training of over 100 personnel, including first responders, on the operation, safety protocols and maintenance of hybrid vehicles.

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