UAE leads new ‘electric vehicle era’ in the GCC as region’s first International Conference on Future Mobility gets underway

The UAE is taking a lead role in a new 'electric vehicle era' in the GCC, as the region's first conference and exhibition dedicated to the latest developments in electric and hybrid vehicle technology got underway in Dubai.

The International Conference on Future Mobility, featured more than 200 delegates, including government authorities, regulators and international thought leaders, while a showcase of eco-friendly vehicles are on display from major manufacturers such as Toyota, Lexus, Renault, General Motors and Porsche.

The two-day summit is organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East and hosted by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) and is expected to lay the foundations for the future of gulf-region wide eco-friendly transport.

The tremendous interest in the sustainable automotive technology was underlined by the large turnout from regional authorities, including representatives from the UAE Ministries of Environment and Water, Energy, and Economy; Dubai RTA; DEWA; the Federal Transport Authority and the GCC Standardization Organization.

The International Conference on Future Mobility featured 20 high profile international and regional speakers, including Len Hunt President of Al-Futtaim Automotive Group, who gave an overview of world-wide usage of Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles.

Hunt said the two brands' hybrid vehicle sales have surpassed eight million, resulting in approximately 58 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.

Hunt said that Al-Futtaim Motors, one of the Al-Futtaim Automotive Group companies and exclusive distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the UAE, has been working closely with the government and several taxi operators across the UAE to adopt new fleets of hybrid vehicles.

"At the moment, there are hundreds of Toyota Camry Hybrid vehicles on UAE roads, giving passengers a comfortable, quiet and energy efficient transport experience," Hunt added.

The International Conference on Future Mobility 2015 is held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin-Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water and Chairman of ESMA and supported by the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE).

Other high-profile speakers at the International Conference on Future Mobility included Eng. Fahad Mohammed Saeed Hareb, Director of Air Quality at the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water; Francois Guichard, Economic Affairs Officer and Engineer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and Thierry Willemarck, President of the FIA Region 1, Belgium.

The various sessions featured a range of presentations and interactive forums on Public Policies, Strategies and Best Practices; Infrastructure, Distribution and Delivery of Electric Vehicles; Market, Business and User Behaviour and Electric Vehicle Technology, Research and Development.

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