Singapore spending $130 million on trial to see if hybrid and electric buses are feasible here

The diesel-hybrid buses cost between 50 and 200 per cent more than conventional diesel buses, but their lower running costs and the pollution reduction they bring may justify the higher initial outlay.
The diesel-hybrid buses cost between 50 and 200 per cent more than conventional diesel buses, but their lower running costs and the pollution reduction they bring may justify the higher initial outlay.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority 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 to cleaner energy sources by 2040.

The figure of $134.44 million surfaced in 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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