ET unit inks $13m contracts to provide 200 cars in Dubai

ET unit inks $13m contracts to provide 200 cars in Dubai
ET's subsidiary will provide 200 cars to two companies over the next five years [representational image].
Published: 22 November 2017 - 12:26 a.m.
By: Neha Bhatia

A subsidiary of Emirates Transport (ET) announced the signing of two contracts with a combined value of $13m (AED48m). 

Government Transport Centre inked both deals, each worth in excess of $6.3m (AED23m). 

The first of these agreements was signed with Taqyeem Centre, while the second was formalised with CRIF Gulf Dubai.

Abdul Gaffar Mohammed Yousef, manager of Government Transport Centre, said ET would provide 100 cars to each company as part of the contracts. 

The agreements span a five-year period, Yousef added, according to WAM

Earlier this month, ET launched the final phase of testing for the first battery-powered electric school bus in the region.

The 45-seater bus was manufactured in cooperation with the Shanghai Sunwin Bus Corporation, and is one of the first projects of its kind worldwide.

Commenting on the bus at its launch ceremony, Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, the general manager of ET, said the bus would operate in accordance with the specifications and regulations of school transport in force in the country.

The application of these specifications represented a challenge during the manufacturing phase, and ET conducted three field visits to the factory floor in China to inspect the production line and ensure the application of all UAE specifications.

Shanghai Sunwin Bus Corporation is a joint venture between SAIC Motor Co Ltd, Volvo (China) Investment Corp, and Volvo Bus Corp.

The company's products are solely distributed in the UAE by Swaidan Trading, a part of the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group that also distributed Ashok Leyland buses. 

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