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Masdar to roll out first e-bus service in Middle East

Thursday 10 January 2019 02:28 PM


UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar has collaborated with the Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi bus manufacturer Hafilat Industry and technology major Siemens to officially launch the first fully electric passenger bus in the region.

The vehicle will serve a six-stop route between Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station and Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban community, said a statement from Masdar.

The Eco-Bus will be seamlessly integrated into the DoT’s existing fleet, while the service will be free until the end of this March, it stated.

The Eco-Bus has been designed to withstand the heat and humidity of the UAE climate, key performance challenges for electric vehicles.

Jointly developed by Masdar, Hafilat Industry LLC of Abu Dhabi and Siemens Middle East, it seats 30 passengers and has a range of 150 km per battery charge. Solar panels are also used to power the Eco-Bus’s auxiliary systems.

"The launch of the Eco-Bus is a milestone for the UAE in a number of ways," remarked Yousef Baselaib, the executive director for Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar.

"Masdar City has been an incubator of sustainable mobility technologies, including the iconic Personal Rapid Transport system and the Navya Autonom shuttle vehicle. Now we are exporting solutions beyond the city limits with our partners for the benefit of the wider community," he stated.