A fleet of Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles will be introduced by Uber in Dubai this week as the local Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) looks to increase the number of electric vehicles on its streets.
The Teslas will be available exclusively through UberOne, a service which will start with a base fare of Dh10 ($2.72) and charge an additional Dh1.9 ($0.52) per kilometer, making the service similarly priced to UberBlack. Users of the service will be given the option of either a Model S or Model X to chauffeur them, Gulf News reports.
In a statement, general manager for Uber UAE Chris Free said, “We are tremendously excited to be the exclusive ride-hailing partner for this fleet of premium electric vehicles in Dubai, in partnership with Dubai Taxi Corporation, and for the clean vehicle technology to deliver out driver-partners and riders with more efficient, less-polluting mobility.”
The introduction of this Tesla-exclusive Uber family comes shortly after Dubai’s international airport took delivery of 50 Tesla models as part of its taxi fleet.