Tesla taxis show shape of Dubai’s EV ambitions

Dubai is looking to take the lead in electric vehicle use in the UAE, with 200 battery-powered taxis on order from Tesla and plans for a recharging network
By Verity Ratcliffe 27 February 2017
Tesla’s Model S on show in China. Dubai has ordered 200 EVs from the company. (Tesla)

Dubai has ordered 200 battery-powered taxis from Tesla and plans to work with the United States-based company on vehicle-charging facilities across the emirate. While some government agencies are already using electric vehicles (EVs) and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has installed a series of charging stations, Dubai’s partnership with Tesla shows how the emirate’s rulers expect the EV market to evolve. 

The Road & Transport Authority (RTA), which operates taxis in Dubai, agreed to buy 200 EVs from Tesla earlier this month. Model S sedans and...

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