Uber and Tesla make the taxi fleet in Dubai
By: Fedora Atjeh | 10/09/2017 10:20:00 PM
|Uber and Tesla make the taxi fleet in Dubai|
From the kingdom of excesses come winds of prosperity for Uber and Tesla. Californian company Uber has announced its exclusive partnership with the Dubai Taxi Corporation to electrify the taxi fleet in the Emirate and has started with a fleet of 50 Tesla Model X and S.
The UberOne option (with a similar rate to Uber Black / XL) will be available in the application from October 10. Tesla entered the United Arab Emirates market earlier this year with an agreement to supply 200 Model S and Model X vehicles. Apparently, Elon Musk is dumbfounded by Dubai's clean energy interest.
A good market for Tesla
Dubai announced a few weeks ago a series of actions aimed at boosting the use of electric cars: tax exemption, parking spaces and free recharging stations ... Only in 2018 is planned to reach 200 recharge points, which will be free for those that acquire an electric model until 2019.
With the agreement signed with Tesla on February 14, Dubai announced its intention to convert 25% of the vehicles circulating in the city by 2030, equivalent to 42,000 units. This measure is part of the Dubai Future Foundation program, which includes the challenge of "inventing a new fleet of autonomous vehicles adapted to mobility needs." This fleet must use 100% solar or electric energy instead of fuel and offer a 50% improvement in operational efficiency. "
Gas, which is becoming a haven for the automotive sector in the face of falling oil, is experiencing its stellar moment, especially in Dubai, where it does not need to buy energy from other countries (UAE electricity is produced in plants fueled by natural gas). That is why they can afford these tax advantages for their inhabitants.
Thus, Elon Musk traveled in February to the Gulf oil monarchy to celebrate his Tesla fleet in the United Arab Emirates, where he met with the ministers. According to Electrek, Musk was surprised by the country's commitment to sustainable energy and saw a potential for the region to lead in this sector. It hopes to be part of the expected transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies.
Tesla vehicles will come equipped with second-generation Autopilot hardware, which will allow that that shows your promotional video to become reality: taxis without driver.
At the moment, Dubai already has a Tesla Store, so those interested in owning a luxury electric will not have to resort to imports.