Dubai’s RTA to Trial BusTech Electric Bus

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with Australian bus manufacturer, BusTech Group to test a zero-emission-at-the-tailpipe electric bus in the local environment and climate.

The trial will evaluate BusTech’s latest electric bus technologies to explore how they can enhance the customer experience for RTA passengers. Throughout the assessment, bus performance will be evaluated and feedback will be collected from RTA drivers and customers.

The tests will also ensure that the electric buses can be seamlessly integrated into Dubai’s mass transit system.

RTA Electric Bus
Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, RTA, and Dan Marks, CEO, BusTech Group, signed the agreement on behalf of the respective parties.
Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, RTA said:

“This is the first agreement under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between RTA and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government, Australia, aimed at enhancing the cooperation between both parties. RTA’s environmental-friendly plans call for increasing the number of electric and hybrid vehicles, improving energy-efficient facilities, upgrading streetlights, and reducing waste. It also aims to modify its buildings to achieve carbon neutrality in line with Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.”

The RTA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland, Australia in January 2022. The MoU aims to enhance co-operation for developing best practices in public transportation.

In addition to this initial trial, future projects may include hydrogen buses, dedicated bus lanes, bus priority systems, integrated transportation systems and smart bus stops.

Dan Marks, Chief Executive Officer of BusTech Group said:

“BusTech Group is proud to be working in collaboration with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority on an electric bus trial. On the back of the collaboration MoU signed between the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads and Dubai’s RTA, BusTech Group looks forward to facilitating greater cooperation between Queensland and Dubai, and to deploying Australian designed and engineered zero-emissions technology buses into Dubai’s world-recognised public transport network.”

BusTech Group has operated in Dubai since 2017, providing a shuttle service with a first-generation electric bus. The next generation of BusTech electric buses will now be trialled on Dubai’s urban roads.

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