News Local Paphos to acquire island's first electric bus

Paphos to acquire island’s first electric bus

Paphos Mayor Phedon Phaedonos on Thursday signed contracts for the first electricity-powered bus in Cyprus as well as for the installation of a charging station. Both will be delivered in four months.

The €259,777 contract is being financed by the ECORouTs programme of which the municipality is a participant.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, the mayor said this was a symbolic day as the municipality was acquiring Cyprus’ first electric bus which is eco-friendly with zero emissions and urged other municipalities, organisations and companies to follow suit.  He said purchase of the vehicle came within the framework of the municipality’s efforts to turn Paphos into a “smart, digital city.”

The next step is to ensure that the charging station operates with solar power so that entire project is environmentally friendly.

The 22 seat bus will be accessible to the disabled and will carry out two routes of five and four kilometres. Both were specially designed to promote the town’s cultural and historic monuments. The service will be free of charge.

The circular itineraries will be carried out in a section of the historical centre of Paphos and a section of the tourist seafront in Kato Paphos.

These ‘green’ routes do not aim at the mass transportation of passengers but to highlight the town’s cultural heritage particularly amonf visitors.

There will be electronic signs at the bus stops as well as an app to inform visitors about the arrival of the bus and information about the area.

The ECORouTs programme is being implemented as part of the Interreg V-A  Greece-Cyprus 2014-2020.  It has a total budget of  €1.2 m of which €336,000 is earmarked for Paphos Municipality. Also taking part are the municipalities of Iraklion, Chania and Aradippou.



Top Stories

Man catches arsonist dousing his car

  A man in Yeroskipou caught a man red handed dousing his car with liquid, which he subsequently discovered was flammable material. The incident happened...

Man bites hand of police officer checking SMS movement

  A man bit a police officer's hand as he was randomly checked for using an SMS for movement during the second week of the...

Covid assessment leads to change in country travel categories as of Jan.18

  The Epidemiological Monitoring Unit has reassessed the epidemiological conditions in certain countries as related to the travelling to and from Cyprus. The reassessment was based...

Dozens fined for covid violations as quarantine enters second week

  79 individuals and six businesses were charged for covid-19 violations over the past 24 hours, as the quarantine entered its 2nd week, with authorities...

17 year old Covid patient at Famagusta General

  A 17 year old teenage girl, the youngest to have been infected in the second wave of the pandemic, is being treated at Famagusta...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...