This City Will Have the World’s First Fully Electric Public Transit System

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Oslo to operate world’s first fully electric public transit network.

OSLO, Norway — The city of Oslo is set to make history by transitioning to an entirely electric public transportation system by the end of 2023. The move promises major environmental and health benefits for the Norwegian capital.

City officials have announced plans to replace the remaining diesel buses with new electric models over the next year. This will make Oslo’s public transit network comprised exclusively of zero-emission vehicles including electric trains, trams, ferries and buses.

“By completing our electric mobility agenda, Oslo is demonstrating global leadership in sustainable public infrastructure,” said Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport. “We are improving urban livability and eliminating health hazards from pollution.”

The city currently operates 200 electric buses, accounting for over 60% of its fleet. Phasing out the last 78 diesel buses will result in 60% lower carbon emissions from the sector. It also dramatically cuts noise levels and air pollutants.

Oslo aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2030. The establishment of the first major all-electric transit ecosystem marks a significant milestone toward climate neutrality. It also positions Oslo as a model for urban mobility in the 21st century.

City leaders say that successful adoption of electric buses and phasing out of diesel paved the way for fully transitioning trains, trams and ferries. They hope Oslo’s innovative transit upgrade inspires cities worldwide to accelerate their own electrification plans.

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