Dubai begins nine-month trial of electric bus

When fully charged, the electric bus can travel a distance of 200km at an estimated speed of about 100km/h.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA.

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Dubai has begun trialling an electric-powered bus as part of its public transport fleet, the Emirate's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.

The RTA had announced the launch back in in March as part of its green initiatives that helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The trial phase will run for nine months, with the agency exploring the idea of using more electric-powered vehicles based on the outcome.

The bus is powered by batteries and could reduce emissions by up to 80%, compared with a conventional bus, reports Gulf News.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, said: “The trial will evaluate the environmental benefits, measure carbon emissions, the distance covered with fully charged battery, bus speed, battery lifespan, and bus adaptability to weather conditions in the UAE, especially during the summer season.

“The RTA has rolled out several initiatives concerned with the conservation of the environment such as clean energy and green buildings.

"Among the pioneering projects of RTA are the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram, which rank among the top mass transit projects worldwide.” 

He added that hybrid vehicles among its fleet of buses and taxis have led to a 30% reduction in emissions, when compared to conventional vehicles.

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