Cluj-Napoca first Romanian city to introduce electric buses

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 02 Sep 2016

Romania's second-largest city will become the first in the country to use fully electric buses in 2017.

The municipality has already begun the procurement process for 30 electric buses, which will replace part of the current fleet that run on petrol and which have in the past been received second hand from the capital, Bucharest.

The total cost of the buses is around 71 million Romanian lei ( € 15.9 million ) and each bus has a range of 250 kilometres on a single three-hour charge, making them well-suited to operate on a daily basis.

'We want a city that is less polluted and to achieve this we need to provide more efficient and environmentally-friendly public transport,' said Yulia Persie, a spokesperson for the municipality.

The purchase cost of the buses is financed in part by development funding granted by the Swiss government.

For more information, visit capital.ro (in Romanian).

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Country: 
Romania
Topic: 
Collective passenger transport
Clean and energy-efficient vehicles