Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state, has announced that the first set of electric buses added to the state’s Mass Transit Master Plan will reduce carbon emissions and the high cost of fuel, which will lead to cost-efficient transportation.
Sanwo-Olu made this known on his Twitter handle Sunday, appreciating the partnership with Oando Clean Energy Limited (OCEL), a part of the Oando Plc group to deploy electric mass transit buses.
“I am excited to announce the first set of electric buses in the Lagos Mass Transit Master Plan as part of our increased effort to modernise every sector of Lagos. Thanks to our partnership with Oando Plc, Lagosians can expect a cleaner and greener public transportation system,” he said.
“With the ability to travel 280km at full charge, taking into account our unique travel times in Lagos, our electric buses are a game-changer. With an average daily usage of 200km by existing BRTs, there is no need to fear that the buses can stop while in transit.”
The governor said that the new electric buses will reduce carbon emissions and increase efficiency. This means that Lagosians can say goodbye to high fuel costs and hello to cost-efficient transportation.
“We shall be running a pilot scheme over the next few months to gather sufficient data to analyse the operational efficiencies relative to the current BRT buses to improve our public transport service further. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to creating a sustainable future for Lagos,” he said. “We understand the need for charging stations to power our electric buses, so we are partnering with Oando Clean Energy Limited to strategically place Universal Chargers at public places like malls and gas stations. We also plan to establish an Assembly Plant for Electric Buses in the near future.”
He said that this is just the beginning of the State’s efforts to transform Lagos into an even smarter city as we continue to increase our fleet of electric vehicles, further modernising the Lagos transportation system.