Portugal’s first ‘100 percent electric’ minibus launches in Faro.
Designed and assembled in Portugal the minibus is powered by three rechargeable batteries, which last for eight hours, and can reach speeds of up to 80 kilometres an hour.
The vehicle is seven-and-a-half metres long, can seat fourteen passengers, is adapted for wheelchairs and can run for 100 kilometres without having to be charged.
It was specifically designed to travel the narrow streets of Faro with the body being developed by national company Irmãos Mota, from Vila Nova de Gaia.
Faro and indeed Portugal’s first electric minibus cost in the region of €160,000 and is one of a fleet of 28 vehicles. It was blessed ahead of its maiden voyage by Father Pedro Manuel of the Faro Cathedral.
“With the project, our county has taken yet another step towards sustainable mobility and stepped up its contribution to fulfilling one of the eight objectives for the millennium to which the council subscribed, which include promoting sustainable development, reducing the loss of biological diversity and reducing the size of the population without access to safe water and sanitation” a Faro council spokesperson said.
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