Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – better known as Masdar – has launched the region’s first fully electric passenger bus as the capital of the UAE pursues clean and energy efficient transport.
The Eco-Bus is serving a six-stop route between Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station and Masdar City, and has been added to the city’s Department of Transport’s fleet.
The all-electric bus, jointly developed by Masdar, Siemens Middle East and Abu Dhabi-based bus manufacturer Hafilat Industry LLC, can seat 30 passengers with a range of 150 kilometres (93 miles) per battery charge, Masdar said in a statement.
Solar panels are also used to power the bus’s auxiliary systems, and it is designed to withstand the heat and humidity of the UAE climate.
“The launch of the Eco-Bus is a milestone for the UAE in a number of ways,” said Yousef Baselaib, executive director for sustainable real estate at Masdar.
The UAE has set a clean energy target of 27 per cent by 2021, and green energy company Masdar, wholly-owned by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company, has invested $8.5bn in renewable energy projects in the UAE and abroad.
Source Credit: Gulf Business