$134m trial on feasibility of hybrid, electric bus fleet

The first of the hybrid buses were deployed in December 2018, while the electric buses will arrive and be put into service next year.
The first of the hybrid buses were deployed in December 2018, while the electric buses will arrive and be put into service next year. PHOTO: ST FILE

Budget to cover roll-out of 50 hybrid, 60 pure electric buses, charging infrastructure

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is spending more than $130 million on a trial to see if diesel-electric hybrid and battery-powered public buses are feasible here - the first move towards an aim to convert Singapore's fleet of 5,400 buses to cleaner energy sources by 2040.

The figure of $134.44 million surfaced at this year's Budget, and pertains to the cost of rolling out 50 hybrid buses and 60 pure electric buses for a "small scale trial" here.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline '$134m trial on feasibility of hybrid, electric bus fleet'. Print Edition | Subscribe