The Lagos State government has acquired electric buses for public transportation in partnership with indigenous oil firm, Oando, to reduce emissions and air pollution in the state. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, confirmed in a statement on Sunday that the buses will help to create a cleaner public transportation system in the state. The acquisition of the electric buses is part of the state’s commitment to creating a sustainable future for Lagos.
The state government has acquired two buses to test the use of the brand of buses under the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and plans to run a pilot scheme over the next few months to gather sufficient data required to analyze the operational efficiencies relative to the current BRT buses to further improve the public transport service.
According to the Governor, the electric buses have the ability to travel 280km at full charge, and with an average daily usage of 200km by existing BRTs, there is no need to fear that the buses can stop while in transit. He further explained that the new electric buses will not only reduce carbon emissions but will also increase efficiency. Lagosians can now say goodbye to high fuel costs and hello to cost-efficient transportation.
The state government plans to establish an Assembly Plant for Electric Buses in the near future. In addition, they will be partnering with Oando Clean Energy Limited to strategically place Universal Chargers at public places like malls and gas stations, considering the need for charging stations to power the electric buses.
This collaboration between Lagos State government and Oando Clean Energy Limited is a testament to their commitment to creating a sustainable future for Lagos. The acquisition of electric buses for public transportation will modernize the Lagos transportation system and contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment