Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the introduction of the first set of electric buses in the Lagos Mass Transit Master Plan, in partnership with Oando Plc.
With the ability to travel 280km at full charge, the new electric buses are a game-changer for the city's public transportation system. The buses are expected to reduce carbon emissions and increase efficiency, making transportation more cost-efficient for Lagosians.
"Thanks to our partnership with @Oando_PLC, Lagosians can expect a cleaner and greener public transportation system," Governor Sanwo-Olu said in a tweet on Sunday. "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," he added.
The Governor noted that the electric buses' range would be sufficient to cover an average daily usage of 200km by existing BRTs, meaning there is no need to fear that the buses can stop while in transit.
To power the electric buses, Lagos State is partnering with Oando Clean Energy Limited to strategically place Universal Chargers at public places like malls and gas stations. The state also plans to establish an Assembly Plant for Electric Buses in the near future.
The introduction of electric buses is seen as part of the government's efforts to transform the city into a smarter city, with future plans to increase the fleet of electric vehicles in the near future.