Success of Abu Dhabi's Sustainability Bus could see project driven forward, says Masdar CEO
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 was speaking ahead of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020, which is being held from January 11-18 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Al Ramahi told Arabian 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.
Al Ramahi stressed that any future buses would not be built by Masdar, but by Hafilat, using the successful model as a blueprint.
“Masdar does not build buses and we are not interested in building buses, but what we are interested in, we are interested in demonstrating that we can, if we have the right ingredients, develop something in-house, in the United Arab Emirates, made in the UAE, that is effective, efficient and environmentally friendly and cost effective,” said Al Ramahi.
Asked if the project could be taken to a national and international audience, he said: “I could see that and I wish that this will happen and I hope it will happen. This is something we take close to our hearts.”
The UAE has set a clean energy target of 27 percent by 2021.
Al Ramahi was speaking ahead of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week from January 11-18 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.