December 3, 2021

South Africa launches first electric buses

The pilot programme had lasted 12-months to ensure the safety of using the electric buses.

South Africa launches first electric buses

South Africa launches first electric buses photo credit: Business Insider

After plenty of testing and trials Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) has launched South Africa’s first two fully electric buses, which are set to start carrying passengers as of July 2021.

Golden Arrow, which has been serving Cape Town commuters for more than 160 years, started a project in 2017 alongside the city of Cape Town and New Southern Energy to reduce carbon emissions and to use renewable sources of energy.

The pilot programme for the electric buses, which involved driving without passengers to judge the feasibility of the electric buses on the roads of Cape Town, showed that the buses can travel up to 300km before it needs to be recharged.

The pilot programme had lasted 12-months to ensure the safety of using the electric buses.

Sources: Business Insider, Getaway, EWN

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