It is an exiting to see the First Set of Electric Buses Landed in Lagos, The Buses are pilot phase, there are plans to put 1,200 of these buses to use and also develop an assembly line for their production. read through
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between OCEL and LAMATA was signed on April 28, 2022, to facilitate the successful deployment of an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure ecosystem (electric buses, charging stations, and other supporting infrastructure) in the state.
The company’s strategic goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure while enhancing its socioeconomic benefits. The new electric buses will not only reduce carbon emissions but will also increase efficiency and work well in this era of subsidy removal.
The Electric Buses can travel 280km at full charge with an average daily usage of 200km by existing BRTs, there is no need to fear that the buses can stop while in transit.
Electric Buses Benefit:
PROJECT GOAL: LASG and Oando have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by switching to cleaner energy sources. This project would advance the government’s transportation agenda and have a good effect on the environment and the health of Lagos residents.
PILOT SCHEME: This project is currently in the pilot stage, and much data collection will be done in comparison to the current BRT system. As a result, a small number of electric buses will be introduced to the BRT fleet, and they will transport passengers as usual while using the BRT Lane, Cowry card, and other BRT features.
CHARGING: According to the MoU that was signed with Oando, they will supply charging stations and other necessary infrastructure. The LBSL Facility will have charging stations for this initial set, and there are plans to strategically deploy Universal Chargers in public locations.
MAINTENANCE: As Stated earlier, the buses being used for this Pilot Scheme will be moving from the normal Facility where BRTs are maintained, only basic maintenance will be needed (tyre change etc), the vehicle has no radiator or regular engines like the normal BRT bus.
Future plans include establishing an assembly plant for electric buses in our state of Lagos after the Pilot Scheme exhibits all the predicted positive results. This is in addition to adding more buses to the fleet of regular BRTs.