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ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) has launched the region’s first fully electric passenger bus as the capital of the United Arab Emirates pursues clean and energy efficient transport.
Launched on December 14 by Masdar — the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, in partnership with the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) — 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.
The UAE has set a clean energy target of 27% by 2021.
Green energy company Masdar, wholly-owned by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company, has invested $8.5 billion in renewable energy projects in the UAE and abroad.
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 kilometers (93 miles) per battery charge..
The Eco-Bus will be seamlessly integrated into the DoT’s existing fleet, while the service will be free until the end of March, according to a release issued by Masdar on Tuesday.
Solar panels are also used to power the bus’s auxiliary systems. Designed to withstand the heat and humidity of the UAE climate, the bus will serve a six-stop route within Abu Dhabi.
The initiative part of a series of future projects aimed at enhancing the intelligent transportation system in Abu Dhabi and making it part of the daily lives of public transport users, the statement said.