First in Africa: Cape Town set for electric buses

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Cape Town - Residents from Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town will soon be able to travel on electric buses into the Central Business District, according to ESI Africa

The initial MyCiti bus outlined by the city will include trips from Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain  the metro south region. 

News24 reported that the City said they would take delivery of buses in June 2017, mayor Patricia de Lille in a statement: "Apart from lowering our carbon emissions, local residents will also benefit from this contract through job opportunities." 

The buses, manufactured by Chinese company BYD Motors, have a range of 250km from a single charge and form part of the city's to "reduce its carbon emissions footprint by 3.2% by 2020". 

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A stipulation by the City of Cape Town was that the buses be assembled locally and that the bus bodies in part also be manufactured locally.

ESI Africa spoke to AD Huang, general manager of BYD Middle East and Africa Auto Sales Division, who spoke about the positives of adding electric buses to the fleet: "Electric buses generate less noise than those with traditional diesel engines and provide a smoother ride for passengers and bus drivers.

“These clean-running buses will help provide Cape Town’s residents with a more sustainable public transport system while assisting the country in achieving its environmental ideals."