With an eye to promoting a sustainable public transit network, Uruguay’s capital Montevideo has incorporated the very first hybrid vehicle into its bus fleet.
The Chinese-made bus, which is powered by a combination of diesel and electricity, saves on fuel and cuts down on carbon dioxide emission, making it both cost effective and environmentally friendly.
The goal is “to benefit society by improving mass transit” with “sustainable models,” said Montevideo Mayor Daniel Martinez during a ceremony outside City Hall earlier this week to unveil the vehicle.
“The transportation of the future is electric,” he added.
Attending the event were Transport Minister Victor Rossi, representatives of Yutong, China’s leading bus manufacturer, and the COETC, the cooperative that operates Montevideo’s bus fleet, among others.
Rossi said the new vehicle represented a “transcendent” step towards preserving the environment.
Martinez hailed that the public-private partnership made it possible to modernize the city’s transit network.
Incorporating the hybrid into the fleet “shows the alignment between public and private players,” said Martinez.—Xinhua