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South Africa’s Largest Public Transportation Service Provider, GABS takes delivery of two electric buses.

The capacity of the BYD electric bus is 40 passengers with the highest range up to 320 km (200 miles).

GABS currently runs over 1000 buses on 1300 routes, with a daily ridership of around 220,000 people.

GABS, South Africa's Largest Public Transportation Service Provider, Takes Delivery Of Electric Buses - autojosh





Two 40-passenger BYD electric buses has joined the fleet of South Africa’s Largest Public Transportation Service Provider, Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS).

A statement released by BYD and Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says that two BYD electric buses will be placed into operation in Cape Town, Western Cape province.

These two electric buses were the first electric buses to be put into operation in South Africa and Southern Africa.

GABS, founded in 1861 and owned by South African holding company, Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited, has more than 160 years of bus operating experience. It currently runs over 1000 buses on 1300 routes, with a daily ridership of around 220,000 people.

GABS, South Africa's Largest Public Transportation Service Provider, Takes Delivery Of Electric Buses - autojosh

Since November 2020, GABS has conducted a series of strict tests on the two BYD electric buses. GABS decided to add the eco-friendly electric vehicles to its fleet due to their outstanding performances.

GABS plans to start the electrification of the local public transportation gradually in the future.





Gideon Neethling, GABS company engineer, said :

“Introducing electric buses aims to respond to the national and provincial governments’ call for reducing carbon emissions,”

“For the first few months, we tested the buses in a range of circumstances without passengers. The aim was to get to know exactly how these vehicles perform before incorporating them into our operations.”

“Testing these vehicles has been a joy for everyone who is part of the project. Each time we carry out a new test or reach a new milestone, the level of excitement increases further,”

Transport and Public Works Minister, Daylin Mitchell, added that :

“After taking a ride in this bus, I am confident passengers will feel safe during their journey.”

GABS, South Africa's Largest Public Transportation Service Provider, Takes Delivery Of Electric Buses - autojosh

BYD Electric Bus

The capacity of the BYD electric bus is 40 passengers with the highest range up to 320 km (200 miles).

In addition, these buses are equipped with user-friendly features, such as free WiFi and a wheelchair ramp.

These two 40-passenger electric buses would operate during the local rush hour, carrying passengers between Retreat and Cape Town.





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