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Abu Dhabi orders first zero-emission electric buses

Two of the world's first carbon neutral buses are due to be delivered in March.

Abu Dhabi orders first zero-emission electric buses
BUS STOP: Abu Dhabi has ordered two all-electric buses in bid to cut carbon emissions. (ITP Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Abu Dhabi is set to receive two zero-emission all-electric buses to operate on Sir Bani Yas Island in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) has ordered the two vehicles, said to be the world’s first carbon neutral buses, to be delivered in March.

The buses will run on the 87 sq km Sir Bani Yas island, making it the “first destination in the world to have a public transportation system run purely on all-electric buses,” the master developer said.

The announcement was made as global leaders meet in Abu Dhabi for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) about renewable energy.

World leaders sent a new alarm call about global warming, urging action to increase the use of clean energy sources, like solar and wind power.

The zero-emission buses are manufactured by the US company DesignLine Corporation specifically to suit the Middle East’s climate.

They are the “perfect transport solution for Sir Ban Yas, namely for their low noise, low vibration, low maintenance costs and zero carbon emissions,” TDIC said.

“Bringing the world’s first zero-emission buses to operate on Sir Ban Yas Island is a perfect example of what an environmentally conscious tourism industry should be like,” said Lee Tabler, CEO of TDIC.

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