Middle East’s first eco-bus launched in Abu Dhabi

The fully electric passenger bus will be free to ride until the end of March

Middle East’s first eco-bus launched in Abu Dhabi

Feeling a bit guilty about all those taxis flying around Abu Dhabi? Well now you can reduce your carbon footprint while taking in the city’s sights – and it won’t cost you a fil.

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, has officially launched the first fully electric passenger bus in the Middle East, and you can ride it completely free of charge until the end of March.

The swanky new bus will serve a six-stop route between Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station and Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban community. You’ll be able to enjoy your journey safe in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit to protect the planet as you cruise.

The Eco-Bus will be seamlessly integrated into the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi ‘s existing fleet, and has been designed to withstand the heat and humidity of the UAE climate.

The lightweight aluminium body has a unique water-cooling system to optimise battery life and efficiency, even when the outdoor temperature is at its highest. The vehicle alsohas a highly energy-efficient on-board air-conditioning system.

Jointly developed by Masdar, Hafilat Industry LLC of Abu Dhabi and Siemens Middle East, the bus seats 30 passengers and has a range of 150 kilometres per battery charge. Solar panels are also used to power the Eco-Bus’s auxiliary systems.

The Eco-Bus is driven by a Siemens traction system, which includes a gearless PEM motor, which is highly efficient, quiet and virtually maintenance-free.

While we don't know what all of that means, we can’t wait to take a ride in eco-friendly style.

Free (until end of March). For more information go to www.dot.abudhabi.ae.

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