General Motors today 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 hybrid and the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid, are part of
a ground-breaking project that involves a 12-month trial using the
vehicles as public taxis that could eventually lead to one of the
largest hybrid fleets in the world.
trial is the first of its kind in the region and firmly places Dubai
among the world's leading cities in pioneering the use of
environmentally-friendly public transportation. The agreement between
the Government of Dubai and GM is a first step in the RTA's
comprehensive plan to make all taxis in Dubai environmentally-friendly,
and is in line with their vision to reduce vehicle pollution and ensure
a clean environment for future generations.
Johnsson, President of General Motors - Middle East Operations, said
"When the Dubai Government decided to investigate the feasibility of
alternative propulsion systems in the Middle East, GM moved very
quickly to support them. Naturally, we are very pleased to be part of
such an historic and important project."
was the first automotive company to approach the Dubai government on
this project. The rapid introduction of the Chevrolet hybrids was the
result of close cooperation established between GM and the RTA, and
included training over 100 personnel, including first responders, in on
the operation, safety protocols and maintenance of hybrid vehicles.
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid offers full-size SUV functionality with lower
emissions and 50 per cent better fuel economy in city driving than its
gasoline-only sibling. With 21mpg in city driving, the fuel efficiency
of the world's first hybrid full-size SUV is similar to that of much
smaller sedans. The Malibu Hybrid - Chevrolet's first production hybrid
car - also delivers lower exhaust emissions as well as the highest fuel
economy of any Malibu model.