Malé, Maldives – Raajje Transport Link (RTL) operated by the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) has brought their first electric buses for the Malé City minibus services.
MTCC said the buses will be used in the Malé City mini bus service after the necessary preparations are completed.
The six electric buses added to RTL’s bus fleet are smaller in size than the mini buses currently operating in the city.
The buses have a total capacity of 15 people and have 11 seats, including two folding seats, and standing space for four people. The buses are suitable for driving on narrow roads of Malé City, MTCC said.
The city’s mini bus service currently includes 18 buses, with the new additions bringing the total to 24 buses.
MTCC also added that with these newly added words, the company was pleased to support President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s “Net-Zero by 2030” policy.
The company hopes the vehicles will contribute to its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and improve its customer experience.
MTCC launched mini bus services in the city on September 5 last year. After nearly a month of free rides, the price was charged earlier last month.
The minibus service is available daily from 05:45am to 00:15pm at a price of MVR 7 per ride. In addition to ticketing through the RTL Travel app or website, paper tickets have recently been sold from their busses.
Children under the age of three and those over the age of 65 can travel free of charge on presentation of an ID card. People with disabilities will be able to travel free of charge on presentation of their National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) cards. There will be no charge for students in uniform.