Dubai begins test run of first hybrid abra

Al Tayer with the team during the test-ride of the hybrid abra

DUBAI, 13 hours, 26 minutes ago

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the test run of the first hybrid abra; preserving the authentic design and features of the traditional abra as well as marking RTA’s first hybrid marine transit.During a ride aboard the hybrid abra, Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of RTA, heeded to a briefing by Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, about the features of the new abra; which has a capacity for 20 riders.It is powered by a 20KW electric motor and has a lighter weight, thanks to the use of cutting-edge technology. It has 26 Lead Crystal Batteries and solar energy panels along with a standby generator to recharge batteries when running low in power. It has an automated firefighting system that will be activated when batteries are overheated. The abra has battery ventilation and cooling system, and USB ports for recharging cell phones.The Hybrid Abra is characterised by low carbon emissions which 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 reduces the noise level to the minimum.The Hybrid Abra will be operated on a trial base on Al Seef- Al Ghubaiba line; one of the key marine transit lines linking four stations (Al Seef, Baniyas, Duba....

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