A Chinese company in talks to manufacture electric buses in Egypt

LONDON — China’s Foton Motor and IMUT (International Marathon United Technology) companies on Wednesday met with Egypt’s Minister of Military Production Mohamed Saeid el-Asar and the country’s Local Development Minister Mahmoud Shaarawy to discuss a new project that would lead to jointly manufacturing electric buses, according to the official news agency MENA.

Foton officials reviewed the characteristics and the capabilities of the buses to be manufactured in Egypt, the report added.

According to the report, Foton said it is currently working on exporting the newest electric buses that are suitable for operation and the environment in Egypt.

“Manufacturing electric buses in Egypt is part of a government plan to upgrade the fleet of the public transport authority to ease the traffic congestion in the capital and the countries’ largest cities,” Shaarawy said.

The plan is also meant to localize the electric buses in Egypt and to improve services provided to citizens, he added.

The reported said a delegation from Foton visited the Army 200 Factory in June to supervise the preparation of the production lines.

Several Egyptian engineers and technicians are set to be trained at Foton headquarters in Beijing in October this year, the report added.

 For his part, the Governor of Cairo Khaled Abdel Aal said the electric buses are considered a civilized technological leap in Egypt because they are more secure and environmentally friendly with fewer maintenance expenses compared with buses that use fuel. 

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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