The Ministry of Municipality has launched a set of new rented hybrid environmentally friendly cars to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the air.

The Ministry of Municipality, represented by the Department of Mechanical Equipment of the Public Services Affairs Sector, has supported a number of departments and municipalities with a set of new rented hybrid environmentally friendly cars to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the air.

The hybrid cars have two engines, one running on gasoline and the other on electricity. The two engines work alternately to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, while the electric batteries are charged from the gasoline engine and when using the brakes. As a result, the car does not need an electric source for charging as it charges itself.

The hybrid cars will work in place of the current rented cars that have been rented for four years, as the Department of Mechanical Equipment distributes them to the relevant municipalities and departments during the current month as a first stage after completing the necessary procedure such as examining and ensuring that they comply with the required conditions and technical specifications. In addition, ‘woqody’ chips are installed to facilitate the process of monitoring and following up on fuel disbursements, as well as registering these cars in the ministry’s electronic system, provided that other rented cars are received and distributed successively in accordance with the car supply programme with contracted companies.

Director of the Mechanical Equipment Sherida Sultan Al Rumaihi confirmed that the Department of Mechanical Equipment has started implementing the first phase of introducing new hybrid cars into service in the ministry for the first time, which is characterised by reducing dependence on traditional fuels, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, explaining that the objective of the modernisation is to improve the quality of the ministry’s services. Taking into account the best standards and technical specifications for the cars and mechanisms used, these cars reduce 30% of fuel expenses, and work to reduce gas emissions in the atmosphere, which ensures the reduction of environmental pollution.

According to Al Rumaihi, 1,226 new environmentally friendly cars will be added within the year with various types in accordance with the requirements of the ministry. The first batch has already been received, which is 129 buses to transport the ministry’s employees and workers, including 57 buses from Karwa company operating with the Euro 5 engines, which is distinguished by its use of sulfate-free fuel that reduces carbon emissions harmful to the environment. Moreover, the Department of Mechanical Equipment is working to distribute these cars to the relevant municipalities and departments in January 2022 as a first stage after completing the procedures for registering them in the ministry’s electronic system and installing the ‘woqody’ chips on them.

This step comes within the framework of the Department of Mechanical Equipment’s plan to develop and modernise the fleet of the Ministry of Municipality by providing the municipalities and concerned departments with the latest cars, improving the services provided, raising the quality of work in the ministry, and providing environmentally friendly cars that contribute to reducing pollution.


Author: Ola Diab

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