As part of plans to build a low carbon footprint, Dubai South, an emerging 145 square km city, has signed an agreement with Transit Australia Group (TAG) to launch its first electric e-bus early next year.
The zero-carbon bus, which is said to be part of the next generation of mass transit vehicles, is expected to cost 80% less to maintain than a standard diesel bus.
The bus, which is pegged as a game changer for public transport, will use an advanced battery and regenerative braking technology.
It can be charged at the depot and while in service, and has a range of at least 300km and capacity for 50 passengers, the statement said.
The bus has bench seats that can be reversed to allow passengers to face each other and socialize. It also has USB connections to allow passengers to charge mobile phones.
Ahmed Al Ansari, acting CEO, Dubai South, said that the move is a step closer to fulfilling an aim of building a sustainable urban destination with technology, innovation, and smart planning at its core.
Dubai South is an emerging 145 square km city situated within the emirate of Dubai that will ultimately sustain a population of one million.
Electric cars and buses are all in vogue in the Gulf. Recently, ride-hailing firm Careem said it would test electric, driverless pods developed in partnership with NEXT Future Transportation Inc within a year.