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Maharaj To Bring $500k Electric Bus

Arvind Maharaj, a synonymous name in the bus industry and the academic field, is investing $500,000 into an electric bus, a first of Fiji and the Pacific Island’s. Mr Maharaj,
14 Nov 2014 07:20
Maharaj To Bring $500k Electric Bus
Tebara company

Arvind Maharaj, a synonymous name in the bus industry and the academic field, is investing $500,000 into an electric bus, a first of Fiji and the Pacific Island’s.

Mr Maharaj, chief executive of Tebara Transport Limited, said they had done extensive research on the bus’ viability in Fiji as the world looks to more sustainable infrastructure in future.

He revealed this during the two-day 13th Fiji National Transport Consultative Forum at the Novotel Convention Centre, in Lami.

Mr Maharaj said his company has been doing research on various efficient buses and the way to go rather than bringing in hybrid buses to be used as a public service vehicle.

Hybrid buses are those that are co-powered by batteries and engine.

But as for electric buses, Fiji’s dependency on fuel, especially in the transport sector, could be cut significantly with the technology.

“Sometimes the buses run purely on battery and sometimes it uses engine when it’s going up the hill or you need more power, so they’re called hybrid,” Mr Maharaj said.

“But we decided to leap frog and go totally with pure electric buses which means we use 100 per cent batteries.

“There is no engine in the bus. These are regarded overseas as ZEVs (Zero Emission Vehicles) so there’s absolutely not emissions because there’s no engine.

“While they’re a little expensive we thought we would bring the first step and bring one sample in.”

He added it was expected to arrive from China through by March.

“In more developed countries electric vehicles are growing more rapidly,” Mr Maharaj said.

“I think, with the right policies Government can bring out and support the industry it can become a very big industry and also provide a lot of employment.”

Mr Maharaj added they’re also provide data-related specifics if needed by Government and stakeholders.

Talks were underway 18 months ago and with the right policy doors were opened for this.

“The Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority has made the importation duty on electric vehicles zero (in April) and it’s the best time to go hand in hand with that policy,” he said.

Mr Maharaj said the vehicle can sup 45 per cent expenses in terms of maintenance costs etc.

At this stage talks on further infrastructure inclusion like charging stations and other prartical solutions are underway with details of the vehicle to follow later, he assured.

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