Oslo is on track to have the world’s first public transportation system that runs entirely on electric.
The capital of Norway intends to accomplish this objective by the end of 2023 as part of its ambition to become the first completely emissions-free city by 2030. The city’s 450 diesel-powered buses will be replaced with electric ones as part of the transportation initiative. The 500 million crown ($48 million) programme is expected to generate long-term financial savings for the city.
According to Sirin Stav, the vice mayor of Oslo and in charge of transportation and the environment, the upkeep is less expensive, and the operators of the electric buses are also less expensive. In the end, everyone benefits from this scenario.
E-buses were 5% less expensive than diesel equivalents in the city’s most recent procurement. The project’s objectives are to lower emissions, quiet down the city, and enhance air quality.
For sustainable transportation, Oslo is setting the bar high. The majority of the ferries that travel the fjord where Oslo, a city of 700,000 people, is situated, have already been electrified. Additionally, it boasts a vast network of bike lanes and trams.
The city’s e-bus programme coincides with a worldwide initiative by major cities to attempt to reduce their air pollution. Stav urges other towns to emulate Oslo as governments and campaigners gear up for next month’s COP27 UN climate summit in Egypt.
The bus deployment, according to Ingvild Roerholt, a transportation expert at the Norwegian environmental organisation ZERO, represents a significant accomplishment for the city.
She continues; however, it is crucial that Oslo ensures openness in how much emissions are related to the construction of these ferries and vehicles going forward.