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Dan Israel shows off its first all electric bus

By Mason White 5:37 PM August 7, 2013
Dan Israel electric bus 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) Are you sick and disgusted from the heavy fumes released by public buses? Dan Israel has launched its first all-electric bus and it plans to replace all its buses with electric buses in the coming years, the company said in a statement.

Dan Public Transportation Company Ltd., launched the first electric bus in Israel on Monday on its Route Number 5 in Tel Aviv. The bus, built by the Chinese BYD Company Ltd., is a low-floor bus and measures 12 meters, or about 40 feet long, with a range of 250 kilometers, or 155 miles, enough for a day drive along city ​​routes.

Dan said that the electric buses will be recharged at night in the warehouse of the company. Recharging takes only about 4 to 5 hours. The long-range and relatively short recharge time will allow Dan to operate the buses as part of its route network.

Dan said it will invest 400 million shekel in electric buses over the next five years in order to turn a quarter of its fleet into electric buses. It added that the cost of maintaining the electric buses is 25 percent less than the cost of maintaining diesel buses, and the energy cost per kilometer is one-third that of a diesel bus.

BYD’s electric buses are imported by Clal Industries and Investments Ltd. unit Clal Motors Ltd. The contract is one of the largest international contracts by BYD to date.