Dubai RTA announces new areas to include electric bus routes

Omar Abbas - | Technology

The electric bus network operated by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai is set to expand service coverage to encompass a range of routes, including notable destinations like "Dubai Mall," "Business Bay," and "Al Wasl".

Dubai's Transport Authority announcement regarding electric buses

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has embarked on an ambitious plan to integrate a selection of bus routes into its electric bus network, expanding service coverage to new areas within the emirate, including prominent destinations such as "Dubai Mall," "Business Bay," and "Al Wasl." The initiative, featuring 30 electric buses, underscores the authority's commitment to environmentally sustainable transportation solutions.

Marwan Al Zarouni, Director of the Bus Department at the RTA's Public Transport Corporation, highlighted the extensive efforts undertaken by the authority to adapt electric buses to Dubai's local environment. The authority conducted various trials to evaluate different types of electric buses, ensuring their compatibility with the region's conditions.

Additionally, assessments were carried out on electric charging infrastructure and technologies to meet the RTA's operational requirements while adhering to the highest environmental standards. This initiative reaffirms the authority's dedication to advancing environmental sustainability and aligns with the leadership's vision of establishing a comprehensive system of sustainable mass transportation.

Ensuring reliability and security

Ensuring safety standards for electric bus operations is a top priority for the RTA. Extensive studies and consultations with international experts have informed the development of electric bus specifications, particularly regarding safety requirements, performance in varying weather conditions, battery charging duration, and capacity.

Drawing on past experiences and assessments, the RTA identified the specifications for future electric buses tailored specifically for Dubai. Subsequently, a tender was issued to procure a fleet of electric buses, marking the initial phase in transitioning from diesel-powered to environmentally friendly electric buses within the Public Transport Corporation's fleet. This strategic move underscores the authority's commitment to achieving its long-term goal of zero-emission public transportation in Dubai by 2050.

Al Zarouni emphasized that implementing an electric bus system encompasses not only the buses themselves but also requires infrastructure development. The RTA is actively enhancing bus stations and designated routes with electric charging points equipped with modern and diverse charging technologies to ensure readiness for the gradual integration of electric buses into the fleet. Charger placement adheres to specific standards, with short-term charging primarily conducted at bus shelters during non-operational hours and distributed charging points along approved routes.

As part of its comprehensive approach, the RTA aims to gradually transition the existing diesel-powered fleet to electric buses. The authority has identified routes and charging points based on thorough studies conducted by a specialized team, with plans for future announcements regarding deployment.

The introduction of the first batch of electric buses is expected to yield significant environmental benefits, with an estimated reduction of 3,900 tons of carbon emissions annually. This figure is anticipated to double with the expansion of the electric bus fleet.

Ensuring safety standards for electric bus operations is a top priority for the RTA. Extensive studies and consultations with international experts have informed the development of electric bus specifications, particularly regarding safety requirements, performance in varying weather conditions, battery charging duration, and capacity. Special consideration has been given to adapting buses to the Gulf region's climate, ensuring optimal battery performance and longevity through effective cooling systems.

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