Success of Abu Dhabi’s Sustainability Bus could see project driven forward, says Masdar CEO

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Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi has spoken of his desire to see the eco-bus replicated throughout the UAE and further afield

The success of the Masdar eco-bus could see the electric vehicle rolled out across the UAE and throughout the world, according to the company’s CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi.

Unveiled at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January this year, the Sustainability Bus was funded by Masdar as a pilot project and was the first fully electric passenger bus in the region, serving passengers on a number of routes.

It was launched in partnership with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT), Abu Dhabi-based manufacturer Hafilat Industry, and electric motors maker Siemens Middle East.

Al Ramahi toldArabian Business: “We’ve collected so much data that the eco-bus is not a pilot, it is credited and it is certified. We can build more electric buses in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, that can compete with conventional business, in terms of cost and in terms of productivity, which is fantastic for the UAE.”

The bus has been designed to withstand the heat and humidity of the UAE climate. It has a lightweight aluminium body and a unique water-cooling system to optimise battery life and efficiency, even when the outdoor temperature is at its highest. The vehicle also has a highly energy-efficient on-board air-conditioning system.

The bus can seat 30 passengers with a range of 150 kilometres (93 miles) per battery charge.

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