Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Courtesy has alternatives to help skip the fuel tax

The relationship between Courtesy Garage Limited and overseas manufacturers who continue to make strides in green technology augurs well for future growth in Barbados.

The relationship between Courtesy Garage Limited and overseas manufacturers who continue to make strides in green technology augurs well for future growth in Barbados.

Courtesy Garage Limited is not only looking to provide Barbadians with more environmentally-friendly vehicle options for personal use, but also for public transport as well.

With diesel and gas prices rising to reflect the international market prices and the addition of the new Fuel Tax as off last Sunday, July 1, 2018, Barbadians are looking for alternatives which will see them spending less at the pump or avoiding the pump and fossil fuels altogether.

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Most recently, Courtesy Garage Limited has announced that in keeping with the need and demand of the local market now, it is poised to take the Barbadian automotive industry into a new and exciting phase of green technology integration, following the latest achievement by one of its international partners.

VDL Bus & Coach, a Belgium based company with strong ties to the Volvo brand, for which Courtesy Garage are the local agents, recently announced the introduction of 100 electric buses into the Amsterdam Transport Region in The Netherlands, making this Europe’s largest electric bus fleet in operation.

General Manager of Courtesy Garage Limited, Nicholas Mackie, spoke to the significance of this latest development, stating that Courtesy Garage’s relationship with VDL and access to such advanced research and development, will further position the local dealer as the leader in automotive green technology.

“One simply has to look at the brands we represent, such as Nissan, whose electric product is growing in popularity; Hyundai, with the IONIQ hybrid; and now Volvo. It is clear that the Courtesy Garage range of vehicles will be ahead of the market in terms of providing green options to those wishing to reduce their carbon footprint.”

In terms of the new development, the 100 electric articulated VDL Citeas will travel 30,000 km per day and will be in service on six lines, 24 hours a day. Operational availability of the electric buses has been maximized through an optimized rapid charging concept, where a fully discharged battery is recharged and ready for the next trip in 20 minutes or less, thereby keeping charging downtime to a minimum. From an environmental perspective, the buses emit no harmful substances and make considerably less noise than regular ones. 

Courtesy Garage Limited are the official distributors for VDL in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The manufacturer has an excellent reputation for quality with the 25 units sold in 1980 to the Barbados Transport Board lasting over 30 years before being retired.

This news also comes at a time when the Government of Barbados has expressed its commitment to perform a complete upgrade of Barbados’ public transport system, specifically the National Transport Board. Minister of Transport Works and Maintenance, William Duguid, recently stated in the press that Government is interested in exploring the use of green technology alternatives as it seeks to improve the quality of transportation for Barbadians.