From green to electric bus in Dubai

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By Staff  www.khalejtimes.com

Dubai – After hybrid cars, taxis, and green buses, a giant leap is being taken towards achieving sustainability goals in the transport sector. An electricity-powered bus will ply the roads of Dubai for the next nine months as part of a new initiative rolled out by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The transport authority signed an MoU to provide for the trial run of an electricity-powered bus supplied by Liberty Automobiles to measure the effectiveness of running electricity-powered buses on Tuesday, March 2. The bus will start operating in Dubai shortly.

Officials from Liberty Automobiles said that a temporary depot for the buses would be in Al Garhoud, which will also be the starting point of the service, and will provide all resources needed to recharge the bus during the prescribed trial period. RTA’s bus drivers will undergo training on the operation and maintenance of these buses. The Public Transport Agency will also designate a specific route for the bus.

The initial announcement about the initiative was made in November 2014, wherein the RTA announced that it will embark upon the trial run of electric buses where the battery can be recharged up to 80 per cent in less than 30 minutes and the bus can cover up to 200km with a full battery at a speed of 100km per hour.

RTA stated that it would coordinate with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) about future steps with regards to providing the infrastructure of electric vehicles. More info

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