Tel Aviv abuzz over launch of first electric bus

August 6th, 2013 § Comments Off on Tel Aviv abuzz over launch of first electric bus § permalink

Maintenance costs are 25 percent lower than in a regular diesel bus and energy costs are one-third • Dan bus company to replace a quarter of its fleet with electric buses over next five years at a cost of NIS 400 million ($112.6 million).

BYD BussesThe Dan bus company rolled out its first electric bus on Tuesday as part of its campaign to replace some of its current diesel-powered fleet with fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly buses.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era in public transportation,” Dan Chairman Michael Nagar and CEO Shmuel Rafaeli said in a joint statement at the inauguration ceremony in Tel Aviv on Monday. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz took part in unveiling the orange electric bus.

The Dan company said that in the coming five years, a quarter of its fleet will be replaced with electric buses, at an estimated cost of 400 million shekels ($112.6 million).

“We promote the use of green public transportation in Israel, in line with the goals set by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I am sure that not only passengers will enjoy the new bus line, but those on the road, who have to deal with substantial pollution, will also feel the difference,” Katz said.

The new bus, built by Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD and imported by Clal Motors, has maintenance costs that are 25 percent lower than its diesel counterpart, and energy costs that are one-third those of a regular bus.

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