Battery-Electric Bus Project in the Kyrgyz Republic approved

On 1 December, the Board approved the Urban Transport Electrification Project with ADB providing $50.65 million in loan and grants to the Kyrgyz Republic for the purchase of 120 modern, battery-electric buses that will replace outdated diesel and trolleybuses. The project will also upgrade the infrastructure of two trolleybus depots and establish a 3.5-kilometer green mobility pilot corridor to increase bus speed and improve service reliability of public transport in Bishkek city center.

With this intervention, the country will have avoided significant carbon emissions from a transport sector that accounts for 28% of national greenhouse gas emissions. The electric buses will be accessible for disabled and elderly passengers as well as women with children. They will be equipped with security features such as cameras and panic buttons. ADB will also improve bus operations in Bishkek by helping to improve operational efficiency, financial sustainability and developing bus drivers’ knowledge and skills.

The project is being led by CWEN’s Johannes Vogel.


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