S’pore accelerates electric public transport: 3-door buses, charging stations


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The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is getting one step closer to its electric vehicle ambitions. The launch of 20 all-new electric single-wing buses, which hit the roads on Wednesday (August 25th), has been announced.

The introduction will be progressive. The LTA said in a Facebook post: “These additions will help us better understand the operational and technical factors for the electric bus fleet. This is an important step that will help us achieve our goal of a 100% fleet with cleaner energy by 2040! ”

Buses with these options will run from services 38, 40, 176 and 976.

Charging stations at bus hubs

These new buses will be charged using pantograph chargers, which can power the buses within 10 to 15 minutes. This means that buses can be recharged during their transfer at bus junctions and continue their journey immediately afterwards.

Pantograph chargers for buses are located on the bus loops / Image Credit: LTA

There are overhead chargers at the bus hubs, the first being the Bedok and Bukit Panjang bus hubs.

Three doors serve to facilitate passenger exchange. According to a local group of public transportation enthusiasts, Guru for land transport, the bus test was assigned to DEATH buses and was seen on regular test drives at the Bukit Panjang bus intersection, along with a new fleet of three-door electric buses.

SBS Transit and SMRT buses received 10 units of these buses each.

Singapore’s green transport targets

Electric buses are the third series to be deployed on roads in Singapore. In 2020, 40 electric buses were introduced – 30 single-decker and 10 double-decker.

The latest series of electric buses is supplied by the Finnish brand Linkker, while the earlier series was supplied by Chinese vehicle manufacturers BYD and Yutong.

Buses are part of Singapore’s plans to reduce carbon emissions from green transport by 2040.

LTA pledged to have a greener fleet of public buses by 2040 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in vehicles due to the changing climate. It is planned to replace all diesel buses with cleaner energy buses at the end of the life of each diesel bus model.

Electric buses / Image credit: LTA

Buses are also designed to be inclusive for older passengers, those with young children and those in wheelchairs.

Operations and maintenance staff will also be trained to operate and maintain these buses, raising capacity and knowledge base.

Highlight Credit: Land Transport Administration


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