Uphill struggle: City denies reports CPT's new electric buses can't climb hills
The City of Cape Town says there's no truth to reports that the new R128 million electric buses can't climb up hills in the CBD.
Councillor Brett Herron says the buses have been thoroughly tested to ensure that they are South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) compliant.
According a reports by the Sunday Times, some of the newly purchased Chinese electric buses weren't able to handle the Cape's hills.
It was alleged that the electric motors built in the buses did not have enough power.
Herron, the MayCo Member of Transport and Urban development, insists that the buses exceed the performance requirements.
He explains that the buses will be added to the MyCiti routes, pending the outcome of a tender contract investigation.
There isn't a power problem.Brett Herron, MayCo member for Transport
It's a beautiful experience. There's no vibration, it's deathly quiet. It's really worthwhile.Brett Herron, MayCo member for Transport
We did struggle up Hospital Bend but that was the first bus off of the production line and the supplier made the adjustments that were necessary to meet the specifications.Brett Herron, MayCo member for Transport
The buses have been thoroughly tested up Kloof Nek Road, up Geneva Drive in Camps Bay, up Hospital Bend. They exceed the performance requirements.Brett Herron, MayCo member for Transport
I'm eager for them to get into the fleet. The plan is for them to initially operate on the N2 Express route.Brett Herron, MayCo member for Transport
Listen to the City official respond and explain the requirements: