The Mongolian capital is currently testing eight electric buses, which look set to become the first of many on Ulaanbaatar’s streets. The vehicles, have been produced by China’s Yinlong Energy Company for public transportation. The buses began operation on 20 January on a trial period set to push them through the worst of a Mongolian winter. According to public transport specialists, the buses can handle -50 and -60 Celsius temperatures and can be recharged quickly within 15-20 minutes. The buses have 36 seats and run 200 km when fully charged.
The Ulaanbaatar City Administration is committed to decreasing air-pollution in the Mongolian capital; replacing the old diesel buses is a step in that direction.
The trial is set to conclude on 2 March; this date coinciding with the national quarantine imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. During this period, all universities, schools, kindergartens, cinemas have been closed and public events cancelled