Egypt yesterday announced the arrival of the first electric bus from China which will service the Alexandria Corniche Road.
Local media, including the state-run Al-Akhbar newspaper, reported that â€śthe first electric bus has arrived in the port of Alexandria coming from the port of Shanghai, China, as part of supply contract that includes 15 electric buses.â€ť
â€śThe new bus is scheduled to enter the transport system after a three-month trial,â€ť said Khalid Eliwa, chairman of the General Authority for Passenger Transport in Alexandria.
â€śThe electric bus can carry 90 passengers and its batteries can be charged every three to four hours, allowing it to travel 250 kilometres without air-conditioning or 210 kilometres with air conditioning on,â€ť he said.
After the three month trial, he added, Egypt will be ready to receive the 14 other buses which were agreed upon, â€śto ensure the highest performance under the Egyptian weatherâ€ť.
Egypt signed a contract for the supply of 15 electric buses from China in January making it the first country in the Middle East to operate such buses.