Today marked “a huge step forward to steering Bermuda toward a cleaner, more resilient future”.
This from Transport Minister Lawrence Scott, on the arrival of 10 new hi-tech electric buses.
Another 20 buses are due to arrive in two shipments on March 28 and April 4.
According to the Minister, the new buses are appropriately sized for our roads with low floors and kneeling suspension for ease of access.
“We know that these buses will significantly reduce cost by 50 percent as compared to our existing diesel buses,” said Mr Scott.
“In addition, the electric buses will improve air quality and even eliminate roadside emissions associated with diesel buses.
Department of Public Transportation (DPT) Director, Roger Todd stated that the new fleet will cut the high level of bus cancellations over the past few years.
It was also noted that temporary charging stations will be installed for the buses until permanent units are hooked up at the DPT headquarters in Devonshire.
Meanwhile, engineers from the manufacturers, the Golden Dragon Bus Company in China, will be on island to train staff from March through May 2022.
The new buses will enter into service between March and April 2022.
Premier David Burt added: “I am delighted that with the arrival of these 30 new electric buses we have taken a further step toward cleaner and more environmentally friendly transportation for Bermuda.
“With temporary charging stations in place throughout the island, as the work to complete the long-term charging at Fort Langton progresses.
“These cleaner and quieter additions to our fleet will provide easier access with lower flooring, and life-cycle costs to maintain them 50 percent lower than traditional buses,” said Mr Burt.
“Ultimately the new buses will improve the passenger experience for locals and visitors, and will provide a safer work environment for the Department of PublicTransportation staff thanks to improved air quality.
“I look forward to the arrival of further electric buses in the coming weeks, and for cleaner and more sustainable transport for Bermuda now and into the future.”
The Minister noted that the new “buses will be licensed and outfitted with equipment in preparation for service” over the coming weeks.