Thursday 04 August 2022
Books – Muhammad Nassar:
Engineer Mohamed Ahmed Morsi, Minister of State for Military Production, Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development, and Major General Mohamed El Sherif, Governor of Alexandria witnessed the signing of a joint agreement contract between the two ministries and the Public Authority for Passenger Transport in Alexandria to purchase 40 locally produced electric buses with international specifications and quality General of the Ministry of Military Production.
The Minister of Military Production explained that the Ministry, through the Armored Production and Repair Factory (the Military Factory 200), is collaborating with the Transportation Industry Company “MCV” to produce the first fully electric bus produced in Egypt, which will be used for the transport of guests of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “COP27”, which Egypt will host next November in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Minister Morsi praised the efforts made to implement many of the ongoing replacement and renewal projects to develop the country’s public transport system, stressing that the issue of climate change is at the top of the challenges facing the world today, therefore Egypt introduced this issue. the priorities of his efforts, adding that Egypt’s hosting of the conference comes in exceptional circumstances, necessitating joint efforts to make this important conference a success and achieve the desired progress that suits Egypt and its position.
Minister Morsi emphasized that the participation of the Ministry of Military Production in the production of electric buses comes within the framework of the implementation of the president’s directives regarding the localization of the electric vehicle industry in Egypt and the increase of integration and cooperation with the private sector in all industrial areas. and out of zeal to achieve many economic and environmental returns by Increasing reliance on renewable and clean energy sources as an alternative to traditional fuels, improving the lifestyle of the Egyptian citizen and supporting the national industry.
The Minister of State for Military Production referred to the advantages of these electric buses, which are characterized by a modern design and comfortable seats, and the proportion of the local component is about 60%, and the maximum speed of the electric bus is 70 km / h and its operating distance is from 300 to 350 km on a single charge Air conditioning, Wi-Fi and USB, and the design and implementation of the structure is entirely Egyptian and made of steel treated against rust, and contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions, noise and heat, and emphasizes that in recent years the ministry has made great progress in the field of the production of electric buses, in collaboration with the private sector to localize this industry vitality within subsidiaries .
For his part, Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development, said that this agreement comes as a continuation of the joint contract recently signed between the two ministries and the Cairo Public Transport Authority to purchase 70 electric buses with investments which is estimated at around 323 million. pound.
Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy added that the contract was signed today for the purchase of 40 locally produced electric buses with international specifications and quality, brand MCV C120 between the Ministries of Local Development and Military Production for the benefit of the Passenger Transport Authority in Alexandria by the Armored Production and Repair Factory (Factory 200 Military) in collaboration with the Transportation Industry Company “MCV” Under the name “SETIBUS”, at a cost of approximately 194 million pounds, which is the total number of buses that will be supplied to the public transport, bringing authorities in Cairo and Alexandria running on electricity to 110.
The Minister of Local Development explained that the ministry is modernizing the public transport fleet in Cairo and Alexandria to run on natural gas instead of diesel, in partnership with the Ministry of Military Production.
Major General Mahmoud Sharawy has the government’s continued efforts to promote local industrialization in the field of modern means of transport through natural gas and electricity, to which the President of the Republic attaches great importance within the framework of the presentation of the 27th session of the Conference of Parties, confirmed. to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27) to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh next November.
Shaarawy said that the state is trying to localize the electric car industry in Egypt, as it is the future of the car industry in the world, and there are orders from the political leadership that the climate conference is the beginning of turning Sharm el-Sheikh into a green city that enjoys green, sustainable and environmentally friendly transport.
He added that the ministry has been working for some time to modernize the public transport fleet in the governorates of Cairo and Alexandria to run on natural gas instead of diesel, within the framework of partnership with the Ministry of State for Military Production, where the number of buses that will be modified is 2,262 buses at a total cost estimated at around 1.2 billion pounds, in order to achieve the optimum economic benefit. From Egypt’s wealth of natural gas, the maximum added value of it, and the rationalization of the consumption of diesel.
Shaarawy explained that the ministry is coordinating with the relevant ministries and governors to establish electric car charging stations because of the great returns of this project, especially the preservation of the environment, the reduction of air pollution and the public health of citizens.
The Minister of Local Development emphasized the country’s zeal to keep pace with the global development of the bus industry that works with alternative fuels and switches to work with electricity, as this cooperation provides vehicles that are more environmentally friendly and fight pollution and in accordance is with international environmental standards, especially with regard to harmful emissions from fuel and the shift to clean energy and conservation of energy The environment.
For his part, Major General Mohamed El Sherif, governor of Alexandria indicated that the signing of the protocol comes within the framework of presidential directives to implement the national program to change and replace cars to work with natural gas and electricity in order to optimal economic benefits as well as rationalizing diesel consumption and effectively contributing to the preservation of the environment, the reduction of air pollution and thermal emissions.
The governor of Alexandria said that the development of the mass transport system will remain a priority for the agencies of the governor, especially the Public Transport Authority, which is the most used means of transporting citizens in the capital, adding that in parallel with the entry of new buses entering service, the authority is making adjustments to its fleet buses, including converting them to run on natural gas, in addition to lifting work. The effectiveness of buses internally and externally to provide decent transport for citizens, preserve the environment and reduce emissions that cause environmental pollution.
He emphasized that he directed the provision of diverse and modern means of transport at prices suitable for citizens and equipped with the latest amenities, safety and the highest levels of luxury, paying attention to levels of hygiene, sterilization and disinfection of mass transport and work on maintaining them in time, which contributes to show the province in a decent appearance in front of its people and visitors and highlight the tourist face of the Mediterranean bride.
English Karim Ghabbour, chairman of the board of directors of the Transport Industry Company (MCV), expressed his happiness to cooperate with the Ministry of Military Production because of the capabilities of his companies and its subsidiaries of manufacturing, technological and technical capabilities and highly qualified human expertise, noting that the collaboration between the Ministry of Military Production MCV emphasizes the integration of the public and private sectors in the country, and emphasizes its aspiration to participate in electric buses as a result of this joint collaboration in the work and preparations for the “COP27” Climate Change Conference in a way that suits Egypt and its position. He also confirmed the growing global trend in the current period that this type of vehicle reduces the negative impact of conventional vehicles on the environment and the economy.
The signing ceremony was attended by Eng. Mohamed Mohamed Salah El-Din Mostafa, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Authority for Military Production, Eng. Mohamed El-Mohs, Advisor to the Minister of Military Production, Eng. Karim Ghabbour, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MCV, and a number of leaders of the Ministries of Military Production and Local Development and the Governor of Alexandria.
The contract was signed by Eng. Mohamed El-Sayed Abu Jaour, Assistant Minister of Local Development for Planning, Eng. Rafiq Rizk Abdo, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Armored Production and Repair Factory (Factory 200 Military), and Ing. Mohamed Zakaria, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority for Passenger Transport in Alexandria.