Golden Arrow Bus Services has introduced two new electric buses to its fleet in Cape Town.
The two new electric buses have been incorporated into Golden Arrow’s daily operations on it’s route between Retreat and Cape Town.
These are the first fully electric buses in South Africa to transport passengers along active routes.
The buses, which endured a 12-month testing phase, have a 300km range.
They are recharged at Golden Arrow’s solar-powered depot in Epping, which produces 50kWp energy.
Western Cape’s Provincial Transport Minister, Daylin Mitchell, said the project is aimed at improving public transport .
“My department endorses innovation programmes such as this one given the challenges experienced by our commuters in the absence of the passenger rail system,”
“The narrative around safety on Golden Arrow busses is very different. After taking a ride in this bus, I am confident passengers will feel safe during their journey,” Mitchell said.