Dubai’s First Hybrid 20-Seater Abra, United Arab Emirates
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has launched the test run of Dubai’s first hybrid 20-seater abra; preserving the authentic design and features of the traditional abra. This step marks the addition of the first hybrid marine transit means to RTA’s marine transport fleet.
This new environmental-friendly abras carries up to 20 passengers, with an AED2 fare for travelling between two stations. These will be operated on a trial basis on Al Seef- Al Ghubaiba line, linking four stations: Al Seef, Baniyas, Dubai Old Souq and Al Ghubaiba. It features solar energy panels along with a standby generator to recharge batteries when the abra is running low on power.
What’s new about Dubai’s first 20-seater hybrid abra?
- 20 riders can sit on new Abra (water taxi)
- It is powered by a 20KW electric motor.
- It runs on 26 lead crystal batteries, with solar panels on top
- It has a standby generator to recharge batteries when running low on power
- New abra is fitted with automated firefighting system
- The abra has ventilation and cooling system and USB ports for recharging cell phones.
- Emissions are 87 per cent lower than petrol-powered abras
- It reduces fuel consumption by 172 per cent and therefore saves about 134 per cent of fuel cost.
- Its operational and maintenance costs are 83 per cent lower compared to any traditional abra and it reduces the noise level to a minimum.
What will be the Future of marine transport?
The RTA’s plan envisages the construction of 11 new marine transit stations in Dubai in 2018-20, raising the total number to 58. It also encompasses the manufacturing of 11 boats to bring the total number to 61 by 2020.
Al Tayer said new lines will be opened on the Dubai Creek, Jumeirah beach, new islands and the Dubai Water Canal. He also referred to a plan to launch a Ferry service between Dubai and Sharjah.
“The number of marine transport modes and stations is expected to receive a big boost with the completion of property developments along the two banks of the Dubai Water Canal. It will make marine transport the ideal choice for the movement of citizens, residents and tourists, offering them enjoyable rides with the backdrop of an impressive skyline along the Dubai Creek and the water canal.
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