The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj has announced on Twitter today that the capital of Albania will be testing out electric buses this fall.
Albania is considered one of the greenest countries in Europe, due to the fact that its main energy production comes from Hydropower, in combination with Solar Power and mass usage of solar panels for water heating and other ways of consumption at home for its residents.
Not long ago, the country revealed a fleet of electric cars to be used by the Albanian police force, “the only one in the region and one of five in Europe.”
To take another step in the direction of a greener future, Tirana is expected to test out new electric buses in the city routes by fall this year, becoming one of the first countries in the Balkan region to do so.
Electric buses may be the future of public transport, but today, they are still costlier than their diesel equivalents. Therefore, their implementation requires that private operators be subsidized, or that the higher costs for public operators be covered.
Not many details have been revealed, but the tweet of Mayor Veliaj does show that the bus models will be from the Polish manufacturer Solaris, that builds electric buses that use traditional plug-in technology to charge their 160 kWh batteries. France is also using these 8.9 m long buses from Solaris in their public transportation, and it’s also worth mentioning that the new Solaris Bus has won the “Bus of the Year 2017” award.
The buses will be equipped with several comfort and safety enhancing features, such as air conditioning, ecological LED lightening and monitoring system.