Malta Public Transport has unveiled a groundbreaking €20 million investment in electrifying its public transportation system.
This initiative includes the introduction of 30 new, fully electric, zero-emission buses alongside the inauguration of the first electric bus charging depot.
Felipe Cosman, Chairman of Malta Public Transport, emphasised the importance of this move towards sustainable transport during the official launch.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Aaron Farrugia echoed support for this endeavour, highlighting the government’s commitment to alternative transport.
This investment aims to enhance service frequencies on vital routes, reducing wait times and providing more available space on buses. It also aligns with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and pollution by promoting sustainable transportation options.
The new 12-meter King Long Amigo electric buses come with modern amenities, including accessibility features, air conditioning, USB chargers, and free Wi-Fi, providing a more comfortable ride for passengers. Equipped with advanced battery technology, these buses can cover up to 300 kilometres on a single charge.
Charging can be done overnight, ensuring uninterrupted service.
This transition to electric buses will significantly reduce emissions, with an estimated 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a cut in noise pollution. It is projected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1,800 tonnes per year compared to diesel buses.
The charging stations offer a wide power range, thanks to a unique two-socket solution, and the 3MW charging system can service up to 30 buses simultaneously, a pioneering effort in Malta.
This initiative builds upon Malta Public Transport’s earlier foray into electrification in January 2020 with the pilot of an electric bus, followed by the introduction of two fully-electric 12-meter buses last year. Additionally, the company is testing an electric minibus for use on low-demand routes and in village cores.