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JAM | May 9, 2023

Pilot project underway to test electric buses and evaluate performance

Candice Stewart

Candice Stewart / Our Today

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Minister of Transport and Mining, Audley Shaw during the delivery of his presentation in the 2023/24 Sectoral Debate

A pilot project is currently underway to to test six electric buses and evaluate their performance. It is called the Battery Electric Bus pilot project.

Details on the project were shared by Minister of Transport and Mining, Audley Shaw as he delivered his presentation in the 2023/24 Sectoral Debate today (May 9).

The evaluation of the electric buses ‘will form the basis for comparison to the diesel and compressed natural gas buses,” he said.

“As a matter of fact, one electric bus is already in operation. You recall it was here for us to see at parliament and we are assessing its performance on our roads. So far, the general feedback has been quite positive,” the minister added.

He also stated that, “as we take steps to address the number of seats needed to transport commuters, we will be close to 200 after we repair what’s there and [when] we bring in the 70 new buses, we’ll be close to 300,” said Shaw.

“As the minister of finance announced in his speech, we are expected to procure an additional 200 electric buses over the next two years. So, that would bring us well over the 400 mark that was mentioned by the Opposition spokesman on transport and, in fact, be heading closer to 500 when that is completed,” he said.

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