Dubai South has signed an agreement with Transit Australia Group (TAG) to launch its first electric E-bus early next year as part of plans to build a low carbon footprint city.
The zero-carbon bus is part of the next generation of mass transit vehicles and is said to cost 80 percent less to maintain than a standard diesel bus.
Pegged as a game changer for public transport, the new bus uses advanced battery and regenerative braking technology and can be charged at the depot and while in service, and has a range of at least 300km and capacity for 50 passengers.
Innovations have been included in the design to include bench seats that can be reversed to allow passengers to face each other and socialise, as well as USB connections to allow passengers to charge mobile phones.
The signing was witnessed by Ahmed Al Ansari, acting CEO, Dubai South and Michael McGee, CEO, Transit Australia Group.
Al Ansari said: “The signing of today’s agreement marks an important step in the relationship between Dubai South, the Queensland Trade Commission and Transit Australia Group.
"It’s also a step closer in fulfilling our ambitious aim of building a sustainable urban destination with technology, innovation, and smart planning at its core.
"At Dubai South we are pioneering an ambitious smart city transformation guided by people’s happiness. The aim is to build a smart city that enables its people to do smart things with minimum ecological impact and the environmentally friendly e-bus is a positive step in that direction.”
McGee added: “Dubai South is a truly incredible urban transformational project. It is a visionary project, with a 50-year horizon. It is a great honor to be working in partnership with the Dubai South team to help strategically plan the mass transit system.
"Our environmentally friendly electric bus is the future of public transport. Australia has an opportunity to be a world leader and cut environmental pollution at the same time.”
Dubai South is an emerging 145 sq km city situated within the emirate of Dubai that will ultimately sustain a population of one million.
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