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Malta Public Transport welcomes two 100 per cent electric buses to its fleet

Representing an investment of €1 million, the new electric buses mark the beginning of Malta Public Transport’s decarbonisation plan and demonstrates its commitment to operating in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Malta Public Transport welcomes two 100 per cent electric buses to its fleet

Credit: Malta Public Transport/ Jeremy Wonnacott

Two 100 per cent electric, zero-emission buses are being added as part of the scheduled public transport fleet in Malta, the Maltese Department for Information (on behalf of the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects announced on 27 April 2022.

The arrival of the buses was announced by Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Aaron Farrugia, together with Malta Public Transport (MPT) Chairman, Felipe Cosmen. These fully-electric buses will be operating on public transport routes in Malta, with an investment of €1 million.

“Transport plays a vital role in our society and our economy; our quality of life depends on an efficient and accessible transport system. It also leaves a significant impact on our environment and, with an increasing demand for greener transport services, we need to ensure that our national transport system is well equipped to address these challenges. Our current bus fleet is mostly made up of the latest environmentally-friendly buses, but it is now time to shift to the next level to electrically powered buses. Today’s investment is only the start of the decarbonisation plan and will be further complemented by the free public transport scheme, which will be introduced on [1 October 2022], where public transport will be free for all Tallinja cardholders. Taken together, these measures will ensure a better and cleaner future for us all,” Minister Farrugia said. 

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“MPT is proud to be part of the solution to reduce emissions on our islands through continued investment in clean public transport solutions,” said MPT Chairman, Felipe Cosmen. He explained how the company constantly carries out market research to evaluate solutions that offer convenient and reliable alternatives to private transportation. The group’s international experience allows it to share its extensive knowledge of the transport industry and adapt it to Malta’s needs.

Since the start of its operations in 2015, Malta Public Transport has overhauled the existing fleet with more than 300 brand new buses fitted with the latest Euro 6 engines, making it among the youngest and cleanest public transport fleets in Europe.

“Public transport is an important player when fighting climate change. We are not only committed to operating in an environmentally-friendly manner, but also believe in leading by example, and this investment clearly demonstrates the fact that sustainability will always be high on our agenda,” Cosmen continued.