Egypt will start manufacturing electric buses as of November this year under an agreement with China’s Foton Motor.
Under the agreement, Foton Motor, which designs and manufactures trucks and buses, will manufacture 2,000 buses over four years, 500 vehicles per year. Production can be increased to 5,000 buses.
Minister of Military Production Mohamed Al-Assar who made the announcement Sunday noted that charging stations will be established in parallel with the manufacture of electric vehicles following partnering with specialized companies in this field.
Egypt in December, launched in Cairo a test ride for the first electric public transport bus.
The buses, dubbed City Bus, will be air-conditioned, and friendly to the elderly and wheelchair users, Egypt Today reports. It will also be fitted with six surveillance cameras, USB outlets, and a luggage rack.
The electric vehicles present several advantages including low cost of maintenance. The electrical buses also save around 70 percent of the value of diesel used in regular vehicles.