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GM and Government of Dubai to Bring Hybrids to the Middle East

General Motors and Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced an evaluation program that will bring hybrid vehicles to the Middle East.  The agreement includes a comprehensive local market evaluation of GM’s all-new Chevrolet Tahoe Two-Mode Hybrid and the all-new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

The GM-RTA agreement calls for the provision of a small fleet of Chevrolet Tahoe and Malibu hybrids that will be used as limousines and taxis by RTA on the roads in Dubai. The program will last one year, beginning in January 2008.

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.  The intent is for the Dubai RTA to consider the Chevrolet hybrids for its fleet plans scheduled for early 2009.

Comments

Elliot

And then some rich kids wrecked them in the desert.

Max Reid

Elliott

Actually Abudhabi the neighbouring Emirate has lot of Oil. Dubai does not have, but its the most dynamic city in West Asia with beautiful buildings and roads and business development.

They may want to use Hybrids to cut the use of Oil.

Elliot

I hope you're right. Wikipedia says they have a lot of oil, could be wrong though. I hope for the best for Dubai and hybrids, their neighborhood may be leading me to think less of them, unfortunately.

Harvey D

Hybrid re-enforced 8000+ lbs Hummers, even @ 6 to 8 mpg, would sell well in a country with loads of cash and oil.

A separate power source for the audio/video and guidance system would make those monsters Hybrids.

28-inch wheels would be very useful off-road.

Dubai has enough oil (mostly off-shore) for another 20 to 30 years.

Who are you?

Prediction: There will probably be less of a wait to get one in Dubai than the U.S.

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