Log In

Reset Password

Electric buses will cost less than diesel ones, Minister tells MPs

New electric buses welcomed to island (Photograph supplied)

A new fleet of electric buses will cost less than half the price of older diesel vehicles, the transport minister told the House of Assembly yesterday morning.

Lawrence Scott said 30 buses, built by the Golden Dragon Bus Company in China at a cost of $114,000 each, were due to arrive on the island next spring.

Mr Scott said: “By comparison, the last diesel bus purchased from Portugal in 2018 cost $250,000.”

Mr Scott revealed that a special service for people in wheelchairs would be outlined in February, as the new buses were not wheelchair accessible.

He said the initial request for proposal for the new buses was aimed at transitioning the entire bus fleet to electric power over ten years.

Susan Jackson, the shadow transport minister, asked if Golden Dragon had been contracted for the ten-year replacement of the bus fleet with electric vehicles.

But Mr Scott said future supply of electric buses would be made through separate contracts.

UPDATE: This story has been amended to reflect that the cost of the electric buses will not total $4.3 million

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published December 11, 2021 at 7:49 am (Updated December 11, 2021 at 7:49 am)

Electric buses will cost less than diesel ones, Minister tells MPs

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon