Abu Dhabi never ceases to amaze us with their growing emissions reduction initiatives. A couple of their most recent developments include the sewage-fed forest and solar-powered recycling bins. While the emirate occasionally produces environmental hazards such as the bejeweled Christmas tree, we feature efforts like these new electric buses on a near-daily basis. Of course, electric vehicles are only as green as the fuel used to produce them (which will be oil for the foreseeable future in Abu Dhabi), but at least they will cut emissions.The demand for greener transportation options is growing steadily in Abu Dhabi. As a result, a new joint venture between DesignLine and Liberty Automotive will create a new production facility that can accommodate said growth.
Whereas the United States favors hybrid-electric vehicles that reduce emissions by 65-80%, the oil-rich Emirate, which holds 7% of the world’s global reserves, is insisting upon zero-emissions buses. They are also commissioning a larger-sized bus than that which already exists, according to Energy Digital.
As a result, the facility will be built such that various size buses can be built. To begin with, they plan to build 300 new buses each year.
The facility will require an initial investment of $30 million, though the annual revenues are expected to amount to $80 million – a clear pay off, both environmentally and financially.
This new contract is expected to boost jobs in the United States and New Zealand corporate headquarters.