Cape Town goes green with a fleet of electric buses

Cape Town goes green with a fleet of electric buses

The ever-expanding MyCiti buses are making another innovative introduction with the rolling out of the Mother City’s first-ever electric vehicles.

Come June 2017, Cape Town will see a new fleet of eco-friendly buses navigating our roads, as the innovative and slick MyCiti bus service looks set to roll out 10 12-metre-long electric buses. Aside from an obvious reduction in carbon emissions, this new green fleet promises to offer an alternative fuel option for the MyCiti bus services, which are set to grow significantly over the next decade.

Local assembly

In September 2016, the City of Cape Town awarded the tender for the procurement of these 10 low-floor, ecofriendly buses to BYD, a Chinese company that is 8% owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, and has already supplied 51 single-decker buses to London.

However, the buses will not be an entirely foreign import –  the vehicles will be assembled locally in Blackheath, thereby offering job opportunities and skills advances to local workers and suppliers alike.

Electrifying advances

Although the contract value is set at a steep R126 million mark, these buses will be the first of their kind (read: electric) to ever be manufactured and assembled in the Mother City, and should be able to travel at least 250 kilometres in traffic before their batteries require a recharge, ensuring exciting (or dare we say it, electrifying) advances across all fronts.

What’s more, Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille explained that the operational cost of the electric buses is reported to be “significantly lower – not only in terms of fuel, but also in relation to maintenance, as there are fewer engine parts to service.”

The benefits

This forward-thinking, eco-friendly project will not only help us reduce carbon-dioxide emissions significantly, the buses will also mean lower noise pollution and heat, help our city to earn carbon credits, and even ensure a smoother ride for both passengers and drivers.

So, fingers crossed, all will go according to plan, and the City will deliver the buses in June.

Date June 2017
Contact 0800 65 64 63,
Location Cape Town, Western Cape


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Time of publication: 01 March 2017

8 Responses to “Cape Town goes green with a fleet of electric buses”

  1. Rochelle

    Good evening

    I would like to know why myciti busses is not running in brackenfell and surroundings.
    Hear from you soon




  3. Naeema

    Wen will my city busses start to operate in Mitchell’s plain to Hanover park please

    • Sandra

      Have you people seen the size of these buses you will need one every 5 minutes in areas like Athlone, Mitchell’s Plein, etc to justify as there are so many people who would want to use it, would be great to all though but then the buses needs to be much bigger…..

  4. Dieba

    I wud love it if myciti wud consider Athlone Gatesville and Vangate Mall frm town nd bck that wud be so great.

  5. Litha

    To support you questions Rochelle. Why the is no my city buses at Eersteiriver as whole. Is there anything block it not to operate there. As residents we feel it as unfair as we also belong in city of Cape Town.

  6. Sandra

    They should travel the entire train rout from Simonstown to Cape Town then they could throw the trains away, give it to kids to play with or people could use them as restaurants, offices, training and function facilities all along the track…. That would be a useful function…..

    • Lamese Borges

      Please no restaurants etc this will only be for a select few. Promenade (as in Sea Point) a better option or leave as is best option.


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