|16 October, 2019

Egypt likely to launch electric buses by end-October

The first production phase will produce 500 buses in the first year

A New York City Clean Air Hybrid Electric Bus on Madison Avenue in New York City. Image for illustrative purposes.

A New York City Clean Air Hybrid Electric Bus on Madison Avenue in New York City. Image for illustrative purposes.

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Egypt is to celebrate the release of its Egyptian made electric buses on 29 October, Michelle Knight, Chairperson of MUT Heavy equipment manufacturing company stated during the “Egypt Can with Development and Investment,” on Wednesday.

Knight told Daily News Egypt that the company is partnering with the Ministry of Military Production in 19 projects.

He explained that the Ministry of Military production has the factories and the labour force, and the MUT has the Know-how.

In terms of production capacity, he revealed that the first production phase will produce 500 buses in the first year, and will increase by 500 every year until Egypt achieves self-sufficiency.

He mentioned that we currently have more than 90,000 buses in Egypt, which need to be converted from being diesel buses to natural gas buses or electric buses.

He explained that diesel buses cannot be transformed into natural gas buses, so it is important that they are replaced by electric buses.

“Egypt operates 6,000 big buses annually, so we need to replace the big buses with the electric buses and the new ones to be either run on natural gas or electricity uses,” he stated.

Knight revealed that the target of the electric bus project is to end the importation of buses within the next five years.

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