The government prepares to operate electric buses in Sharm El-Sheikh ahead of the Climate Change Summit

Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, held a meeting today; Tuesday, with a number of major manufacturers of electric buses, in the presence of Dr. Khaled El-Anany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Hisham Tawfik, Minister of Public Business Sector, Lieutenant-General Kamel El-Wazir, Minister of Transport, Nevin Jameh, Minister of Trade and Industry, and Engineer Mohamed Ahmed Morsi, Minister of State for Production Al-Harbi, Lieutenant-General Abdel Moneim Al-Terras ,Chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, Major General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai, Engineer Mohamed Abdel Karim, Director of the Industrial Modernization Center, and via video conference, Dr. Mohamed Shaker Al-Murqabi, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy.


Dr. Mostafa Madbouly began the meeting, by pointing out the importance of today's meeting, as it relates to the system of electric mass transportation, and the state's efforts to support the expansion in the production and manufacture of its own vehicles, noting that this meeting was preceded today by a meeting to discuss and review the preparations for Egypt's hosting of the twenty-seventh session. For the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change "COP27", in Sharm El-Sheikh, where it was agreed to operate electric buses in the city, and to rely more on environmentally friendly means of transportation.


The Prime Minister stressed that work is currently underway to unify the efforts made by a number of ministries and authorities concerned with the file of the electric mass transportation system, in an effort to achieve maximum benefit from this system.


For his part, the Minister of Transport referred to the efforts made to expand environmentally friendly mass transportation, explaining that a company was contracted to manufacture buses powered by natural gas locally, to operate them in the New Administrative Capital, and about 30 electric buses were contracted, which will be ready to operate. in Sharm El-Sheikh before the Climate Change Summit.


During the meeting, the Minister of Military Production stated that cooperation is taking place with an Egyptian company in the field of environmentally friendly means of transportation, and that we have production lines for electric buses with an annual production capacity of 250 buses.


The Minister of Public Business Sector indicated that there are projects to manufacture environment-friendly vehicles, whether buses or "microbuses", stressing that a contract has already been signed with specialized companies, and we are working to have production available before the climate summit.


The Chairman  of the Arab Organization for Industrialization drew attention to the cooperation taking place with a European company specialized in the manufacture of electric buses, noting that procedures for joint manufacturing are currently being completed, and we are working to have our product available in the market before next November.


For their part, company officials assured the attendees of their ability to manufacture the required buses during this period.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Prime Minister called on the various authorities concerned with environmentally friendly means of transportation to submit an integrated plan to produce the vehicles required in this framework, including the timeframe for making these vehicles available, stressing the importance of deepening the local product in the manufacture of these environment-friendly vehicles, noting that the state aims to provide buses. There is a plan to replace “minibuses” to work with electricity, instructing the Minister of Transport to meet with manufacturers of electric buses, to present the required specifications, and to identify the production capacity of each of the manufacturers.


The Prime Minister also stressed the importance of starting to implement an integrated plan to replace taxis in South Sinai with electric cars, in addition to preparing stations for charging electric vehicles in Sharm El-Sheikh, and providing garages for them. Necessary to set up charging stations, as well as garages.