China Nanchang Engineering, a Chinese company, has approached Harare City Council with a deal. The Chinese company intends to supply service routes in Greater Harare Metropolitan with 600 green energy (solar-powered) buses and additional fixed and working capital.
According to the project conditions, it will include a central business district (CBD) shuttle service and the Harare Urban Route that will service all suburban routes.
As it has been stated by the Environmental Management Committee: “Operations would be managed from four established depots, two in Harare, one in Chitungwiza and one in Norton. Depots would be firstly fitted with maintenance and recharging facilities and would be large enough to cater for some 200 buses each.”
“The project would have 12 battery swapping stations and they would act as charging centres. The bus types would be a new energy concept and Harare would be the first city to implement it in Africa. Transport services would run 19 hours every day from 4am to 11pm.“