Tata Motors has received two more major orders for electric buses in India, with West Bengal Transport Corporation and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation ordering a total of over 2,000 e-buses in August.
Solaris has completed delivery of the 90 electric buses ordered by Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) in June 2019. All 90 Solaris Urbino 12 buses are in regular service, bringing the total number of electric Solaris buses in operation in Berlin to 123.
Dutch bus manufacturer VDL Bus & Coach has received orders for a total of 16 electric buses from three more German cities: Plön in Schleswig-Holstein, Völklingen in Saarland and Neuss in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Irish Transport Authority (NTA) is launching a tender to procure up to 800 all-electric double-decker buses for use in Ireland's largest cities, with the fleet to be procured over a five-year period starting in the second half of 2022.
MyMigros, the online supermarket service of the Swiss cooperative Migros Aare, is electrifying its deliveries with fully electric vans. 25 Renault Master Z.E. vans are already in operation and 20 additional vehicles will join the fleet in 2021.
Ballard Power Systems has received a follow-up order from Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool to supply additional fuel cell modules for ten H2 buses to be deployed in Emmen, the Netherlands, from 2022 as part of the JIVE 2 funding program.
In Düsseldorf, Rheinbahn is starting to use the first of the ten electric buses ordered last year from the Spanish manufacturer Irizar via its German contract partner Ferrostaal.
Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool has launched sales of its 2019 battery-electric coach for the North American market, with the first example of the Van Hool CX45E now shipped to the US ahead of ten more CX45Es in the first half of 2021.
BYD has delivered the first 120 of a total of 470 electric buses to Colombia, which will operate on nine bus routes in the capital Bogotá, with the remaining 350 BYD e-buses to be deployed on 30 more routes starting in the first quarter of 2021.
Bremer Straßenbahn AG (BSAG) has ordered five Mercedes-Benz eCitaro with solid-state batteries. Delivery of the electric buses is scheduled for the beginning of 2022. The scope of supply also includes five permanently installed charging systems, each with an output of 150 kW, as well as three mobile workshop chargers of 40 kW each, including service.
Since the timetable change on 13 December, seven Solaris electric buses - six Urbino 12 electric solo buses and one Urbino 18 electric articulated bus - have been in service in Offenbach.
The Vatican has just announced that it will be converting its fleet to electric drive. Caritas in Germany, the welfare organisation of the Catholic Church, is moving faster. Caritas for the Archdiocese of Paderborn is one of the pioneers of the change, soon to have 400 electric cars.
Keolis Nederland has now put 246 all-electric buses into service in the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, the bulk of the 259 e-bus order placed with BYD at the end of 2019, with the remaining 13 battery buses scheduled for delivery in spring 2021.