In its effort to reduce carbon emissions and make residents journey on the roads seamless, the Lagos government has taken the delivery of the first set of electric buses for public transportation in the state.
The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the delivery of the electric buses in a statement on Sunday.
Speaking on the benefits of the electric buses, Sanwo-Olu said the vehicles will reduce carbon emissions and increase efficiency, adding that residents can now welcome cost-efficient transportation in the state.
The Lagos governor added that the initiative was achieved owing to the state government’s partnership with Oando Clean Energy Limited.
“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,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“Our new electric buses will not only reduce carbon emissions but will also 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 required to analyse the operational efficiencies relative to the current BRT buses to further improve our public transport service. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to creating a sustainable future for Lagos.”
With this stride, Lagos becomes the first state in Nigeria to take delivery of electric buses for public transportation.