Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the arrival of the first set of electric buses in Lagos.
The governor wrote in a tweet on Sunday that the introduction of buses is part of the government’s growing efforts to modernize every sector of the state and reduce carbon emissions.
Sanwo-Olu, who thanked the project partners, Oando PLC, also assured Lagosians of cost-efficient transportation.
He wrote: “I am excited to announce the first set of electric buses in the Lagos Mass Transit Master Plan as part of our increased effort to modernise every sector of Lagos.
Thanks to our partnership with @Oando_PLC, Lagos residents can expect a cleaner and greener public transport system.
“Considering our unique travel times in Lagos, our electric buses, capable of traveling 280km on a full charge, are a game-changer.
With an average daily use of 200km by existing BRTs, there is no need to fear buses stalling in transit.
“Our new electric buses will not only reduce carbon emissions, but also increase efficiency.
This means Lagosians can say goodbye to high fuel costs and hello to cost-efficient transportation.
We will be running a pilot program over the next few months to collect enough data needed to analyze the efficiency of current BRT bus-related operations to further improve our public transport services.
“This partnership is a testament to our commitment to creating a sustainable future for Lagos.
“We understand the need for charging stations to power our electric buses, so we partnered with Oando Clean Energy Limited to strategically place universal chargers in public places such as shopping malls and petrol stations.
We are planning to establish an Electric Bus Assembly Factory in the near future.
“This is just the beginning of our efforts to transform Lagos into a better city as we continue to increase our fleet of electric vehicles, and further improve Lagos’ transportation system.
Sanwo-Olu further urged Lagosians to join the government in embracing the future of mobility in Lagos.