KIGALI - The Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (IRST) will today launch the Rwanda Biodiesel Express Bus.
The bus, which is 100 percent powered by environmental friendly diesel, is an invention of the institute’s Biodiesel and Bioethanol laboratory.
Biodiesel is made out of vegetable oil- or animal fat.
The bus, according to a statement from IRST is the first of its kind in Africa.
“There are only two buses of this kind in the world and were specifically designed by the Swedish Scania company which are driven by 100 percent biodiesel. Another biodiesel bus is in Brazil,” says the statement.
The bus will make its first long distance run from Kanombe-Mulindi to Akanyaru on the Rwanda-Burundi border.
The statement, further says that the data collected through the use of the bus will not only help the two countries protect their environment, but also help people in the private sector who are interested in investing in public transport using safe, low-cost and locally available cleaner energies.