Bani Yas Island to get electric buses

Tourism Development and Investment Company (Tdic), a master developer of major cultural, residential and tourism destinations in Abu Dhabi, yesterday announced that the company ordered the world's first two zero-emission all-electric buses to Abu Dhabi for operation on Sir Bani Yas Island.

In line with Tdic's environmental policies which adhere to global sustainability standards, these first-of-their kind vehicles will be introduced from March 2010 to Desert Islands. This makes Sir Bani Yas Island, the 87-square kilometre natural island, the first destination in the world to have a public transportation system run purely on all-electric buses.

Produced by US-based bus manufacturer DesignLine Corporation specifically to suit the Middle East climatic conditions, the technologically-advanced, environmentally-friendly vehicles offer the perfect transport solution for Sir Ban Yas, namely for their low noise, low vibration, low maintenance costs and zero carbon emissions

Lee Tabler, Chief Executive Officer of Tdic, said: "Bringing the world's first zero-emission buses to operate on Sir Ban Yas Island is a perfect example of what an environmentally conscious tourism industry should be like. We are proud to be world pioneers in such highly regarded environmental initiatives that are taking place in Abu Dhabi.

"This is a testament to Tdic's mandate to adopt, enhance and implement local and international environmental guidelines across all of its projects such as the Desert Islands. Sir Ban Yas is a shining example of creating a unique resort which embraces the rich history and heritage of the UAE while protecting and conserving the natural environment of the island and its inhabitants."

The announcement was released at the 2010 World Future Energy Summit (WFES). Tdic's participation at the event is a reflection of the significant environmental and sustainable advances the company has made since its inception in 2005.

 

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