15 electric buses will be deployed in Sofia in 2019 to replace diesel buses and reduce overall emissions. This is the first phase of the modernisation of Sofia’s bus fleet through the acquisition of low-floor electric buses with fast-charging technology and six charging stations. The project will be co-financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Green Energy Special Fund (GESF) through a loan of €7.35 million to the urban transport operator Sofia Electrical Transport Company (SETC).
The project will contribute to the improvement of the reliability, energy efficiency and quality of public transport services for users and the SETC by reducing fuel costs and noise levels, and improving air quality.
If the first phase is deemed successful, the EBRD and GESF will provide an additional €7.35 million in 2019 to finance another batch of the electric buses and charging stations.
The city of Sofia is also developing a Green Cities Action Plan with the EBRD and supported by donor fund. The objective is to help the authorities address challenges such as urban transport, air pollution, water management and other environmental issues. In order to face these challenges, the Bulgarian capital is already investing in improvements of the transport infrastructure and services with the goal to make public transport sustainable, safer and more environmentally friendly.
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