DUBAI // After unveiling a string of gas-guzzling supercars over the past few weeks, Dubai Police have put a more eco-friendly vehicle to the test.
The battery-powered Renault Twizy was taken for a spin this week by Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan, the chief of Dubai Police.
He said the car was ideal for specialised police work in narrow places and would assist police officers in maintaining order.
It could also be used to secure events that require rapid intervention and to support traffic officers in tourist attractions and markets, Lt Gen Khalfan said.
The Renault Twizy, supplied for testing by the S.S. Lootah Group, is only 2.34 metres long, 1.24m wide and 1.45m tall. It was first unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as a concept car and was the top-selling plug-in electric vehicle in Europe last year.
Introducing eco-friendly vehicles to assist in patrolling falls in line with the Dubai Police strategy of adopting modern technology while maintaining the environment, Lt Gen Khalfan said.
The police are keen to use all types of renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions and road noise levels, he said.