The goal is to create the conditions to extend the use of electric buses in the country.
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Published on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

From August to December, the government enabled the electric bus route from the provinces of San José to Alajuela, as part of its zero-emission public transportation pilot project promoted by the First Lady Claudia Dobles.

The goal is to create the conditions to extend the use of electric buses in the country. Germany  donated three electric buses to the program.

Before the route to Alajuela, the buses were in the first phase of operations between the cantons of Desamparados and San Rafael in San José Province.

"The first results of the pilot plan demonstrated that it is technically feasible to electrify the bus service and that electric buses allow air quality to improve," Dobles said at the inauguration activity of the new bus routes. "One of the most important results is related to the daily cost of operation, which is 5 times less than that of diesel buses. "

There is a third bus unit donated by the German government which is used by the Electricity Institute. The bus allows tests to be carried out on other routes with different conditions. That bus is also a backup unit in case one of the other two fail.

“From the German Cooperation we continue to accompany Costa Rica on its way towards decarbonizing the public transport system through the implementation of the electric bus pilot that allows us to obtain solid data to be able to describe, analyze and evaluate the operation of this technology in the real conditions of the country,"Claus Kruse, representative of the German Cooperation Agency, GIZ, said.

In November 2020, Ian Knight, 7, from Cartago Province, wins the drawing design contest that will be painted on the  electric buses fleet.

In December 2020, the German embassy made the official delivery of three electric buses donated to  Costa Rica.

However, the first lady's plans to use clean energy in public transport contrasts with the government purchasing four diesel-powered trains from China.

In April, the Railway Institute inaugurated the first route of the diesel-powered trains purchased from the Chinese company CRRC Quingdao Sifang Co. for approximately $32,659,122.

How do the Chinese diesel-powered trains contradict the Government's plan to decarbonize public transport?
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