TAKE A LOOK | SA's first electric bus has started carrying passengers

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Golden Arrow's electric bus was officially launched in Cape Town on Monday.
The 160-year-old Golden Arrow Bus Services has introduced two new electric busses to its fleet in 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.

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In a first for South Africa's public transport system, Golden Arrow has officially launched two fully electric buses, which are carrying passengers as of July.

Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) has been servicing Cape Town commuters for more than 160 years. Now it is pushing to reduce carbon emissions and use renewable sources of energy, in a project began in 2017 as a collaboration involving Golden Arrow, New Southern Energy, and the City of Cape Town.

The first phase of this electric vehicle (EV) programme involved the installation of a small-scale solar power system at Golden Arrow's main depot in Epping.

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