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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Uber riders in Dubai can now choose electric-powered Tesla

The UberONE option lets customers select one of the 50 Tesla Model X and Model S cars

Fifty Teslas were added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s limo fleet last month. Now Uber customers can select to ride one of the electric cars using the UberONE option. RTA
Fifty Teslas were added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s limo fleet last month. Now Uber customers can select to ride one of the electric cars using the UberONE option. RTA

Uber began offering its customers in Dubai the option to ride in one of 50 new Tesla electric-powered vehicles on Tuesday.

The US-based ride-hailing app launched the UberONE option in partnership with Dubai Taxi Corporation, which added 50 Tesla Model X and Model S to its fleet last month.

The vehicles, which Uber riders can select for a slightly higher fare, are equipped with self-driving components.

The Roads and Transport Authority authority is aiming to add another 150 Tesla vehicles to its fleet in 2018 and 2019, as part of a wider push to have 25 per cent of all journeys autonomous by 2030. Already, Dubai has the world's longest driverless metro network.

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Uber's General Manager in the UAE, Chris Free, said the partnership to introduce electric-powered rides for customers is line with the company's drive to provide riders with "new and progressive experiences."

The UAE has embraced the push for electric-powered vehicles. In Dubai alone, there are electric vehicle power stations near the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, and the Middle East's largest mall, the Dubai Mall.

Tesla also opened a showroom in Dubai in July. The American electric car manufacturer's chief executive Elon Musk has said the company plans on investing millions of dollars across the UAE to support building up an infrastructure for electric vehicles.

There are currently more than two dozen Tesla chargers in the country, with another 50 planned.