UAE taxi operator Arabia Taxi has taken delivery of 50 new Toyota Prius Hybrid Electric Vehicles from local dealer Al Futtaim Toyota, making the fleet operator the first in the UAE to use the vehicle. The handover ceremony held in Ajman was attended by Omar Ahmed Bin Omair, general director of Ajman Public Transport Corporation; Saud Abbasi, MD of Al-Futtaim Toyota; PSM Habibulla Khan, chairman and MD of Arabia Holdings Group of which Arabia Taxi is a member; as well as senior representatives from both companies.
“Our journey with Arabia Taxi began back in 2005, and throughout those past 13 years, Toyota has proven to be a trusted mobility partner for the many values it offers, including quality, durability reliability, comfort, excellent Total Cost of Ownership and best resale value,” said Abbasi.
“It is estimated that each of our Toyota Hybrid Electric Vehicles saves around 7.65t of CO2 based on 850,000km of operation, the approximate ‘shelf life’ of a taxi car in the UAE. Arabia Taxi shares mutual environmental objectives with Al-Futtaim Toyota to make the UAE a greener place”
According to a statement from Al Futtaim Toyota, the induction of the Prius hybrid vehicle into the Arabia Taxi fleet is a joint effort by the two companies to support the UAE Vision 2021’s environmental targets and move towards more sustainable motoring.
Since its launch 21 years ago, the Prius has proved popular with customers and has become a synonym for an ‘environmentally-friendly vehicle’, said the statement. The current generation Prius, built on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), was developed with both environmental and driving performance in mind, it added.