Al-Futtaim delivers Camry hybrid EVs in a move to boost sustainable transportation in UAE

TRME camryCamry HEV has been at the helm of sustainable mobility march since 2008, being the first marque that pioneered the HEV technology in the UAE. (Image source: Toyota)Al-Futtaim Toyota has announced the handover of 907 Toyota Camry hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) to Abu Dhabi’s Tawasul Transport, a subsidiary of Das Holding Group of Companies

The move is in line with the company’s commitment to spearhead the environmental mobility agenda within the UAE Vision 2021’s environmental targets. With the new HEVs, Tawasul is set to appear as Abu Dhabi’s leading hybrid fleet operator.

The strategic introduction of the Camry HEVs follows Tawasul’s aim to convert its entire fleet to environmentally-friendly taxis, in order to accelerate the implementation of the UAE government’s sustainability targets and actively contribute to enhancing the country’s clean air index.

Camry HEV has been leading the sustainable mobility march since 2008, being the first marque that pioneered the HEV technology in the UAE. The new generation Camry HEV runs for 26km per litre, nine more kilometres compared to 2.5-litre petrol-engine Camry, and is able to save 52,000kg of CO2 when in operation for around 500,000km. Therefore, the 907 Camry HEVs are expected to collectively save 47,164,000kg of CO2 over their life cycle within Tawasul’s operating fleet.

“The newly launched Camry HEV delivers 70 per cent better fuel efficiency compared to petrol engine cars,” said Saud Abbasi, managing director of Al-Futtaim Toyota.

“The introduction of these 907 new Camry HEVs to the Toyota-exclusive taxis of Tawasul, makes us extremely proud to know that we are playing an active role in enabling a cleaner motoring in the UAE, while helping Tawasul accelerate their efforts in supporting the sustainability targets they set for themselves in line with the UAE Vision 2021, Abbasi added.

Al-Futtaim explained that the Camry HEV can be driven entirely by either electrical power with zero-fuel consumption and carbon emissions, or with a combination of a petrol engine and two electric motors. The batteries in the hybrid electric drivetrain are automatically charged by either the petrol engine or when braking and decelerating, eliminating the need to plug in a power cable.

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