The developer operating the sustainable city development in Dubai has taken delivery of six Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchbacks, which will be used for car sharing on the 46 hectare property development.
Work on The Sustainable City began in 2015 and the area has now grown to include 500 villas, 89 apartments and a mixed use area with offices, retail and anything else residents may need to live their day-to-day lives. Described as the region’s “first fully operational sustainable community,” the area has a net-zero carbon output and aims be seen as a sustainability leader both in the UAE and worldwide.
The six new Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles will be part of The Sustainable City’s new EV car sharing fleet, General Motors says, and will be accessible to all residents, “easing mobility within the community while minimizing environmental impact.”
“The Sustainable City, as an international model for green living, is strongly aligned with our vision for a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion so this is a natural next step in our partnership, which we announced earlier this year,” GM managing director for the Middle East, John Roth, said in a statement.
“The way people, good and things are moving is changing rapidly, and the concept of vehicle ownership has shifted in recent years,” he added. “I am confident the Chevrolet Bolt EV will exceed expectations, whilst supporting the UAE government’s agenda to move towards cleaner, interconnected mobility in the years ahead.”
With GM recently implementing its “vision zero” strategy and focusing more on alternative propulsion solutions and semi- and fully-autonomous safety systems, the automaker says its philosophies are in-line with the local government.
“General Motors’ efforts around alternate propulsion vehicles and mobility sharing solutions are aligned with the UAE government’s vision for sustainable and smart mobility solutions, making the company one of the key drivers in the region’s motoring landscape,” it said.
This program is good example of why ride sharing services and car sharing services have automakers scrambling to get in on the mobility industry. If more developments begin to implement shared vehicles like The Sustainable City has, those in metropolitan areas may have little need to own a vehicle. This would be especially true if they could supplement their day-to-day travels with walking, bicycling and with mobility apps like Uber or Lime.