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City of CT to launch electric-powered bus pilot project

The first bus to be assembled in Blackheath will hit the road in June with nine others being introduced soon thereafter.

FILE: MyCiti bus service. Picture: City of Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN - Very soon, a Cape Town bus ride will be powered by electricity as the city looks to reduce its carbon footprint.

The City of Cape Town will launch a pilot project to determine the reliability of electric-powered buses.

The first bus to be assembled in Blackheath will hit the road in June with nine others being introduced soon thereafter.

The city’s Brett Herron says the project is aimed at testing two factors.

“Firstly, public transport and transport in general is the biggest contributor to carbon emissions and our carbon footprint and so the introduction of our electric-powered buses should start to mitigate that. Secondly, from a transport cost perspective all indications are that the operating costs of electric buses are far lower.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)