Dubai begins test run of first hybrid abra

Posted: 14-Jan-19 06:01

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has initiated the test run of the first hybrid abra; conserving the original design and structures of the traditional abra as well as marking RTA’s first hybrid aquatic transit.

Dubai begins test run of first hybrid abra

It is powered by a 20KW electric motor and has less overall weight, because of its employment of pioneering technology. It has 26 Lead Crystal Batteries and solar energy panels along with a fall-back generator to recharge batteries when running low in power. It has a robotic firefighting system that will be triggered when batteries are overheated. The abra even has battery ventilation and cooling system, and USB docks for recharging mobile phones.

The Hybrid Abra is categorised by low carbon emissions which are 87 percent lesser than petrol-powered abras. It reduces fuel consumption by 172 percent and consequently saving about 134 percent of fuel cost. Its working and upkeep costs are 83 percent lower compared to any traditional abra and reduces the noise level too.

The Hybrid Abra will run on a probationary period on Al Seef- Al Ghubaiba line; one of the key marine transit lines linking four stations (Al Seef, Baniyas, Dubai Old Souq, and Al Ghubaiba). The fare will be two dirhams only for going between two stations.

Future plan for increasing marine transit stations

The RTA’s grand plan foresees the creation of 11 new marine transport stations in Dubai over the period of 2018-2020, consequently rising the number to 58 marine transport stations in Dubai by 2020, said Al Tayer.

“It also encompasses the manufacturing of 11 boats to bring the total number to 61 boats by 2020. New lines will be opened on Dubai Creek, Jumeirah beach, new islands, and the Dubai Water Canal as well as the Ferry service between Dubai and Sharjah,” he elaborated."

“The number of marine transport modes & 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 at the backdrop of an impressive skyline along the Dubai Creek and the Water Canal."

“The RTA has recently launched Al Garhoud Maintenance Workshop for marine transport means (abra, ferry and water taxi) spanning an area of 5000 square meters. It comprises five workshops, three warehouses, crane, marine works zone, outdoor work area, management offices and staff’s rest house.”

Concluded Al Tayer. – TradeArabia News Service 


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