Look to electricity to power buses, Jamaica urged

Jamaica is being encouraged to take a closer look at electricity to fuel the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses, and Minister of Science, Energy & Technology Fayval Williams is warm to the idea.

Williams, and members of a Jamaican delegation, were yesterday introduced to a fleet of electric-powered buses in Park City in Utah in the United States (US) and she left impressed by the idea.

“Just now we rode in an electric bus and we were told about the technology and the efficiency of the buses and I am excited about it,” Williams told OBSERVER ONLINE.

“I will definitely be bringing back all this knowledge to the minister in charge of transport (Robert Montague).

“I know that already he has been looking at the technology and it is good for me to learn about it as well, being on the energy side of things and seeing how it can help us to reduce our carbon footprint in Jamaica and also to reduce cost overall of the public transportation sector,” added Williams.

She noted that the capital outlay to introduce electricity powered buses would be significant but pointed to the savings that have been achieved by companies which have introduced this energy source in the US.

That was a point driven home by Alan Westenskow, director of business development at Porterra, one of the leaders in the design and manufacture of zero-emission electric transit vehicles and electric vehicle technical solutions for heavy-duty applications in the US.

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