Egypt is well-known for its football, military might, and pyramids. On the other hand, nothing is known about the nation’s automobile sector.
Egypt’s capital, Cairo, has been quietly constructing one of the iconic buses that can be spotted in London.
Any regular visitor to London is likely to be familiar with the city’s recognizable (red) double-decker buses.
The buses are currently being constructed in Africa by the Egyptian multinational Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles (MCV), according to a 2016 announcement.
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History of Double Decker London Buses
The double-decker buses were initially constructed in 1947 to replace the World War Two trolleybuses, and they have since turned into iconic modes of transit in London.
MCV obtained a contract in 2016 to manufacture 60 of the buses. The decision made the buses constructed in Cairo the first to be produced outside of Europe.
The hybrid nature of Egypt’s double-decker buses sets them apart from other models.
In an effort to comply with Europe’s low-carbon and low-nitrogen dioxide emission requirements, it employs a mix of fuel and electricity.
Additionally, it makes the buses the first vehicles outside of Europe to employ such technology.
According to Rafik Nabil, Quality Assurance Manager at MCV, “This bus is a hybrid system, which means it runs on both diesel and electricity.” “This bus is a Euro-6 model; it currently has the maximum emission technology available, which requires a certain type of gas.
Double Decker London Buses’ The 1st hybrid bus Produced Outside of Europe
Depending on the route and the state of the roads, it either operates on diesel or electricity. This is the first hybrid bus that has been produced and put together outside of Europe.
MCV has experience working in the UK’s transportation sector and will not be producing double-decker buses just for the capital of the country. A contract for the company’s production of buses with 63 seats was secured in 2011.
As the global representative for German automotive behemoth Daimler AG, MCV was established in 1994. In a given year, the automaker makes between 8,000 and 10,000 buses.
Five thousand to eight thousand of the quantity produced are shipped to overseas markets, mostly the Netherlands and Hong Kong.
One of the major commercial vehicle manufacturers in the world, MCV has international subsidiaries in 24 different nations.
“Our production process starts with the initial material procurement, with the first bolt and screw, and continues until the bus is in motion at the very end.
Wael Wanis, general manager of manufacturing and maintenance, stated, “We work on all phases of production, from machining to brackets and inserts, all the way until the bus is built to the highest worldwide standards.