Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Marrakech Launches Electric Buses

From Thursday (28th of September) Marrakech is putting electric busses into service

This project was announced on the occasion of the COP22 summit, organised in November 2016 in Marrakech.

Morocco ordered 30 electric buses from the Chinese operator Yangtse and the Spanish company, Alsa, won the tender to operate the buses.

After their commissioning, these new buses will serve the first line, crossing Hassan II Boulevard, linking Bab Doukalla to the Al Massira district and its surroundings, as well as the second line connecting the M'Hamid districts and the city centre via the corridor reserved for at the boulevard "Guemassa".

Other boulevards and districts will be included later using the same mode of operation as the tram lines in Rabat and Casablanca, with the provision of easy access points for people with special needs.

In order to guarantee the supply of electricity to these buses, a solar power station was set up in partnership with the World Bank at the entrance to the city, adjacent to the urban perimeter in the constituency of Menara, and the beginning of the municipality of Saâda.

These 18-meter long tram-buses will have to transport more than 45,000 citizens every day to different parts of the ocher city.


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