UAE's ET unveils China-made zero-emission school bus

The 45-seater battery-powered vehicle was manufactured in cooperation with the Shanghai Sunwin Bus Corporation, and is in the final phase of testing

Swaidan Trading's portfolio includes Ashok Leyland buses.
Swaidan Trading's portfolio includes Ashok Leyland buses.

Emirates Transport (ET) launched the final phase of testing for the first battery-powered electric school bus in the region.

The 45-seater bus was manufactured in cooperation with the Shanghai Sunwin Bus Corporation, and is one of the first projects of its kind worldwide.

READ: Swaidan supplies 700 Ashok/Sunwin buses in the UAE

Commenting on the bus at its launch ceremony, Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, the general manager of ET, said: "The launch of a zero-emission school bus comes as part of our efforts to achieve the vision of the government for a green economy, and puts the UAE in the forefront of such initiatives, regionally and globally."

Al Jarman said the bus would operate in accordance with the specifications and regulations of school transport in force in the country.

The application of these specifications represented a challenge during the manufacturing phase. 

ET conducted three field visits to the factory floor in China to inspect the production line and ensure the application of all UAE specifications.

Shanghai Sunwin Bus Corporation is a joint venture between SAIC Motor Co Ltd, Volvo (China) Investment Corp, and Volvo Bus Corp.

The company's products are solely distributed in the UAE by Swaidan Trading, a part of the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group that also distributed Ashok Leyland buses (pictured). 

Remarking on the development, Ajit Kumar, chief operating officer for the commercial, transport, and electrical divisions at Al Naboodah Group Enterprises, said: "Al Naboodah Group Enterprises is very proud to be associated with the project, and we are fully geared to provide the necessary support together with our principal, Shanghai Sunwin Bus Corporation."

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