Community Transport Glasgow (CTG) has begun the integration of zero-emission vehicles into its fleet with the purchase of five battery-electric Mellor Orion E minibuses.The deal heralds an aspiration by CTG to have an all-electric fleet by the end of 2020. The advent of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone turned its mind to disposing of its older diesel minibuses and it then sought funding from Scottish Power Energy Networks through the Green Economy Fund to initiate the move to zero-emissionCommunity Transport Glasgow moving towards ZECTG’s first Orion E entered service in December. All will be delivered by the end of this month. Says Manager Graham Dunn: “We decided two years ago that it was time to start integrating electric vehicles.“It is great to see these exciting buses, which operate on the latest technology, as part of our fleet. They will make a massive contribution to improving air quality in the city.”The 5,000kg GVW Orion E’s 96kW motor is fed by two independent strings of batteries that store 92kW/h of energy.A range of 100 miles is achievable even when the standard climate control system is in use, says Mellor. The minibus has a capacity of 16 passengers.Mellor Managing Director John Randerson says the manufacturer is “pleased and proud” to supply the minibuses to CTG.“It is exciting to see the Orion E on the streets of Glasgow providing valuable transport services to communities in and around the city. We are confident that CTG, its drivers and passengers alike will enjoy all the bus has to offer.”The first minibus of its kindThe Orion E was introduced in 2017 and Mellor revealed a revised model in 2019. It claims that the Orion E is the world’s first completely electric low-floor small bus.Besides the community transport sector, Mellor says the Orion E is suited to commercial bus work, welfare use and demand responsive transport.
Locust swarm reaches Uganda and Tanzania AfDB approves 1.5 million USD to control locust invasion in east Africa UN: Cost of fighting East Africa locust invasion has doubled A swarm of desert locusts invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)Uganda on Wednesday said it was preparing to take on a looming invasion of desert locusts from neighboring Kenya where they are already causing havoc.The Minister of Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja said that scientists warned that the country would be invaded by billions of the migratory inserts that are hatching in Kenya.The country, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, has already faced three waves of the destructive insects’ invasion since this year started. The swarms have spread to 26 districts in the country.Ssempijja, when receiving a donation from China to boost the country’s efforts to contain the insects, said the country is already building up its defense line to limit the impact of the locusts.China is the latest country to boost Uganda’s effort in fighting the desert locusts. The Asian country flew in about 20,000 liters of chemicals that would be used for both aerial and ground spraying.The donation also included an assortment of equipment which includes 500 back pack mist dusters, 500 hand-held ULV sprayers, 2,000 medical coveralls, 2,000 medical protective masks and 2,000 pairs of gloves.Zheng Zhuqiang, China’s ambassador to Uganda, who handed over the donation on Wednesday, is optimistic that the donations will minimize the impact of the destructive insects.Russia on Monday also donated $3 million to Uganda through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to boost the desert locust response. The money, according to the FAO, will be used to enhance surveillance, impact monitoring, and supporting livelihood activities in the most affected regions.“Our contribution will be used for the purchase of pesticides, fuel, vehicles and sprayers, as well as for the employment and training of personnel for the pest’s elimination,” said Alexander Polyakov, Russian ambassador to Uganda.Antonio Querido, FAO’s Country Representative in Uganda, said the contribution will greatly boost ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the locusts and safeguard the livelihoods of farmers and their families.“The invasion could have severe consequences for agriculture-based livelihoods and also severely threaten food and nutrition security for about 1.3 million people in Karamoja and Teso regions alone,” Querido said. Karamoja and Teso are in the north eastern and eastern part of the country respectively.“FAO recently renewed its commitment to addressing this crisis and will revise the appeal for Uganda to include cash assistance to 10,000 households, supplementary livestock feed for 19,000 households and comprehensive re-engagement farming packages for 22,000 households in order to protect and recover livelihoods,” he added.According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the country’s ongoing efforts have started paying off.Uganda already deployed over 2,000 soldiers and 835 civilian personnel, including agriculture extension officers. Both aerial and ground spraying is ongoing.The ministry said efforts to control the pests have averted a potential loss worth about $800 million arising from protection of food and cash crops in the affected areas.Related
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