Egypt Independent

Cairo announces route for its first electric bus



The Public Transportation Authority has announced the route for the first electric bus in Cairo – starting from Tahrir Square, passing by Abbasiya and ending at the American University in the Fifth Settlement, New Cairo.

The bus is on a three-month trial operation, according to the head of the Cairo Public Transport Authority Rizk Ali, adding that holds capacity for 32 passengers.

He said that the Military 200 Factory, affiliated with the Ministry of State for Military Production, is in charge of electric bus production, in cooperation with Chinese company Foton.

Earlier in November, the Ministry of Military Production exhibited the first two electric buses, supplied from China under a contract supplying 50 buses.

In collaboration with China’s Foton Company, the Egyptian Ministry of Military Production is set to produce affordable electric mini-cars (dubbed E-Motion cars), according to an official announcement by Egypt’s Minister of Military Production Mohamed Al-Assar on October 29.

The statement further announced that these cars are not qualified to be driven on normal Egyptian streets and are allowed only in compounds, hotels and resorts. However, details regarding other versions of electric cars allowed on streets will be announced later.

The Ministry seeks to localize the electric vehicle industry through its factories, in partnership with Foton, which is a leading Chinese company in the manufacture of electric vehicles.