The Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft (DVG) plans to convert bus line 934 completely to electric buses by the end of 2021. Seven articulated electric buses have now been ordered for this purpose. The contract for this was awarded to EvoBus.
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Polish bus manufacturer Solaris is pinning its hopes on two large electric bus orders from Greece: apparently Athens and Thessaloniki are looking into expanding their fleets by a total of 1,300 buses in the coming months.
Bus operator Nobina Sverige has ordered 22 Lion's City E electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus, which recently started series production in Poland. The 22 e-buses will be in use in Malmö from June 2021.
The Turkish bus manufacturer Temsa is exporting its first electric buses to Sweden. Six examples of the MD9 electriCity will be used in future by the bus company Connect Bus in and around the island region of Öckerö.
In Australia and New Zealand, various government agencies have launched several e-projects, mainly involving e-buses but also, in some cases, the official vehicles of the agencies themselves.
Two major electric bus manufacturers are responding to rising demand: Chinese manufacturer BYD is apparently planning to extensively expand its plant in Hungary, while US manufacturer Proterra is one step further and has now opened a new battery production line at its plant in Los Angeles County.
Akasol has been contracted by an unnamed commercial vehicle manufacturer from Turkey to supply its battery systems from 2021 to 2025. The customer plans to install Akasol's second and third generation battery systems in an existing and a new type of bus, it says.
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.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure has received a major order from Hamburger Hochbahn to equip two of the six carports at the Alsterdorf bus depot with a total of 96 charging points as well as medium- and low-voltage technology. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2021.
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.
In Osnabrück, three of the five MetroBus lines have now been completely converted to electric operation. 35 articulated electric buses have been in full operation on the MetroBus lines M1 to M3 since 21 December. This means that more than half of the future 62-vehicle articulated electric bus fleet is already in operation.
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.
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.
Through its existing joint venture Toyota Caetano Portugal (TCAP), Toyota will become a shareholder in Portuguese bus manufacturer CaetanoBus and passenger car financial services provider Finlog. Through the new alliance, Toyota will enter the development, production and sales of fuel cell buses.
Coventry and Oxford could become the first UK cities to have all-electric bus fleets. The UK government now says it received 19 applications from across England for matching funding, from which the two cities were selected as finalists.
Regiobus Hannover is aiming to purchase 15 electric buses and has now been promised funding of up to 9 million euros by the Federal Environment Ministry. In addition to the purchase of the vehicles, the sum also covers the procurement of charging infrastructure.
The Munich Transport Company (MVG) has been using its first electric articulated bus for a few days now. The Mercedes eCitaro G with solid-state batteries runs on line 100 between the main station, Odeonsplatz and Ostbahnhof during the week and will soon be joined by a second electric articulated bus of the same type.
Transjakarta, the bus operator in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, plans to purchase 10,000 electric buses by 2030, with the first 100 e-buses to be purchased this year.
After Turin transport operator GTT cancelled a contract with Chinese manufacturer Yutong to supply 100 electric buses, BYD has now been awarded the contract. The first 50 of these e-buses have already been firmly ordered from BYD and are scheduled for delivery to Turin in April 2021.
Norgesbuss has ordered 102 electric buses from VDL Bus & Coach for use in Oslo. This is VDL's largest order in Europe to date. Specifically, it has been agreed that 83 Citea SLFA-180 Electric and 19 SLF-120 Electric will be delivered to the Norwegian capital by January of next year.
Partners Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD's UK offshoot have announced plans to assemble the chassis of their electric solo and double-decker buses for the UK market directly at ADL's UK plants from the second half of 2021.
The French electric bus manufacturer Bluebus, a member of the Bolloré Group, has announced two orders from the public transport operator RATP for a total of 109 e-buses for the Ile-de-France region, i.e. the Paris conurbation. A special feature here is that the buses have solid batteries on board.
The Romanian city of Brașov has ordered 25 more Trollino 18 articulated trolleybuses from Solaris for delivery within twelve months. The Polish manufacturer had already signed a first order for 26 vehicles of the same type in summer 2020.
Bern's municipal transport operator Bernmobil has issued a public tender for the procurement of 14 articulated electric buses, which are to be used on routes 19 and 21 from the beginning of 2023. In December, Bernmobil had already put out to tender the procurement of 21 hybrid buses.
The Wiesbaden-based transport company ESWE Verkehr has ordered ten H2.CityGold fuel cell buses from CaetanoBus. They are scheduled for delivery in the last quarter of 2021. For CaetanoBus, this is the third order for hydrogen buses from Germany.
Public transport operator VAG Nuremberg has ordered 39 electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus, including 28 Lion's City 18 E and eleven Lion's City 12 E, which are to be delivered this year. For MAN, this is the largest electric bus order to date and also the first order ever for articulated electric buses.
Stadtwerke München (SWM) has commissioned PSI Transcom to supply the depot management system PSIebus for electric buses. The software will be used to manage and control the electric bus dispatching at the Moosach and Ost depots.
Solaris Bus & Coach and Arriva Netherlands have signed a contract for the delivery of ten Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses. The twelve-metre long hydrogen buses will be delivered to the province of Gelderland later this year to replace diesel buses.
Volvo's Canadian subsidiary Nova Bus has received an order from TransLink for 15 new electric buses to complement two Nova Bus e-buses that have already been in service since 2019 for the transit company, which operates in the Greater Vancouver area.
The Romanian city of Târgu Jiu will add eleven Solaris trolleybuses to its fleet. The Trollino 12s will transport passengers in the city of 80,000 inhabitants at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains from the beginning of 2022. The order is worth almost €4.5 million.
Škoda Electric has received an order from Prague Public Transport for fourteen new electric buses, the first delivery of e-buses to be carried out by Škoda in cooperation with its Turkish sister company Temsa.
ESWE Verkehrsgesellschaft in Wiesbaden has put 21 new battery buses and 56 stationary charging points into operation at the bus yard in Gartenfeldstraße. 21 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses with solid-state batteries are being used, supplementing the previous ten battery buses.
BYD books its first electric bus order from Romania, with the city of Buzău ordering nine 12-meter electric buses to be operated by Transbus Buzău. The majority of the vehicles will be manufactured at BYD's production facility in Komárom in neighboring Hungary.
The Daimler Group has announced plans to split up, with Daimler Truck AG to be floated on the stock market as an independent company and the passenger car division, soon to be renamed Mercedes-Benz, to focus on electric drives and vehicle software.
The Polish charging infrastructure provider Ekoenergetyka has installed 17 depot charging stations for electric buses with a capacity of 75 kW each for Aachener Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG (ASEAG), with a further ten of these charging stations to follow in mid-2021.
Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) has completed the tender process for a further 32 e-buses, with Irizar, MAN and Volvo winning the contracts. Delivery of the new vehicles is scheduled to begin at the end of 2021.
The bus company ÖBB Postbus has been awarded the contract to operate scheduled services in the southern Weinviertel region with electric buses for at least eight years as part of a tender by Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR). Operations are scheduled to start in summer 2022 with eleven e-buses.
VDL Bus & Coach has received orders from three transport companies in Germany for a total of twelve Citea SLF-120 Electric: nine of the e-buses will go to Kraftverkehrsgesellschaft Braunschweig, two to Verdener Verkehrsgesellschaft and one to Stadtbus Goslar.
The Polish manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach is to deliver up to 40 hydrogen buses of the type Urbino 12 hydrogen to Österreichische Postbus AG. The H2 buses are part of a series of framework contracts for the delivery of a total of up to 182 buses for areas of operation throughout Austria - 142 diesel buses and just those 40 hydrogen buses.
BVG is unhappy with some Solaris electric buses, which are struggling in the current cold weather. According to BVG spokeswoman Petra Nelken, the bus in question is the manufacturer's twelve-meter bus.
Public transport operator Keolis has received 55 e-buses from Chinese manufacturer Yutong. The vehicles will be used for two projects in Denmark. Keolis has also received another order from France.
The bus fleet in Moscow is to be completely converted to e-buses by 2030, according to Mosgortrans, the operator of the bus and tram network in the Russian capital, which plans to expand the fleet to more than 2,000 electric buses.
Belgian manufacturer Van Hool will deliver six electric 18-meter buses to the transport authority of the Italian city of Pescara from mid-2022. Three more could follow. The buses also feature technology from a German supplier.
The 21 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro with solid-state battery, which were only delivered to ESWE Verkehr in Wiesbaden at the beginning of February, have been out of service for a good two weeks. Their batteries have to undergo a check due to an insulation fault.
Solaris strengthens its position in the Romanian public transport market, having won a major order for 123 electric buses out of a total of 131 put out to tender by the Ministry of Public Works, Development and Administration.
The Rouen Normandie metropolitan region in northwestern France has ordered ten electric buses from Daimler. The ten eCitaro are to be delivered this summer - but the French are relying on different battery technologies for the vehicles.
Engineering specialist IAV and automotive supplier Webasto have agreed a technology cooperation for electric commercial vehicles. By pooling their expertise, the two partners aim to drive forward the electrification of buses, trucks and work machines.
Polish bus manufacturer Solaris has received its first electric bus order from the Czech Republic. Transport operator Dopravní Podnik in Ostrava (DPO) is ordering 24 Urbino 12 electric buses including charging infrastructure from the Polish manufacturer. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed in 2022.
MAN has announced that series production of the Lion's City 18 E electric articulated bus is to start in Poland in April, but some vehicles - still assembled in pre-production - will be in service earlier: from April a Lion's City 18 E will go into regular service in Cologne.
The Polish city of Opole has ordered five electric buses including charging infrastructure from Solaris. The five Urbino 12 electric buses are to be delivered to the city's transport operator Miejski Zakład Komunikacyjny (MZK) in Opole in the first half of 2022.
The local transport company Anchersen from Copenhagen has ordered 25 electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus. Delivery of the 25 MAN Lion's City 12 E is scheduled for the end of the year. They will not only be the first Lion's City E for the public transport operator, but the first MAN buses ever.
Dutch transport company Hermes has ordered 32 electric buses from VDL Bus & Coach, which will be in operation in Eindhoven from January 2022, with deliveries scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
Robotics specialist Rocsys is partnering with Grivix and VDL Enabling Transport Solutions to develop a robotic charging solution for high-performance charging of heavy-duty electric commercial vehicles, and the consortium plans to begin validation testing later this year.
Public transport operator EMT Madrid has procured 50 more electric buses, with contracts awarded to manufacturers Irizar and BYD to supply 30 Irizar ieBUS and 20 BYD K9UB respectively. Further orders are already being planned.
Solaris has been awarded the contract for the delivery of 13 hydrogen buses by the municipal utility subsidiary In-der-City-Bus (ICB) from Frankfurt am Main. The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen H2 buses are scheduled to enter regular service in 2022.
England's first hydrogen-powered fleet of double-decker buses has now entered service in London. 20 H2 double-deckers from the Northern Irish manufacturer Wrightbus will be used on route 7 between East Acton and Oxford Circus.
The municipal utility Regensburg Mobilität is putting six Mercedes-Benz eCitaro into operation. The electric vehicles are two-door solo buses with solid-state batteries. The sextet will be used on Regensburg's new P+R line from tomorrow.
Moscow will stop buying new diesel buses this year and from now on will only purchase e-buses, according to Mosgortrans, the operator of the bus and tram network in the Russian capital. 1,000 electric buses are to be in use by the end of the year.
The three commercial vehicle manufacturers Daimler Truck, Traton and Volvo Group have signed a memorandum of understanding to build and operate a public high-performance charging network for battery-electric heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches in Europe.
Zurich Transport Authority (VBZ) has announced the purchase of 15 more electric buses. The new solo buses, manufactured by MAN, are expected to be in use on the city's standard bus routes 66, 77, 78 and 99 from autumn 2022, joining four articulated electric buses already expected in early 2022.
Amsterdam's public transport operator GVB has ordered 44 Citea SLFA-180 Electric articulated electric buses from VDL Bus & Coach, which are scheduled to arrive in the city in early 2022 to join the 31 VDL electric buses already in use there.
Portuguese bus manufacturer CaetanoBus has agreed to co-brand with Toyota, with the Japanese mobility group's logo adorning both the e.City Gold battery-electric city bus and CaetanoBus' H2.City Gold fuel cell bus in the future.
The BYD-ADL manufacturing alliance has signed a framework agreement with the National Transport Authority of Ireland (NTA) for the supply of up to 200 units of the Enviro200EV, with the NTA having already placed firm orders for the first 45 of the e-buses as part of the deal.
In the Netherlands, the province of North Holland has awarded the country's first zero-emission bus concession. Operator Transdev will replace all buses with internal combustion engines with electric ones in the Gooi en Vechtstreek region during 2022 as part of the concession, which runs until the end of 2030.
The electric bus partnership between Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD, previously active in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, is expanding to Australia, thanks to an agreement with Australian company Nexport.
Hyundai plans to double its fuel cell vehicle lineup from the current three to six within two years, according to a South Korean media report. Currently, Hyundai offers the Nexo car model, the Elec City Fuel Cell bus and the Xcient truck with fuel cells.
By law, the market for GHG quota trading will also be opened to operators of electric fleets from 2022 onwards. This means that three- to four-digit euro revenues per year and e-vehicle await. The company GreenTrax is active in quota trading and explains everything worth knowing for fleet operators in the following guest article.
PKM, the public transport authority of the Polish city of Jaworzno, has ordered six more Solaris Urbino 18 electric articulated buses for delivery within a year.
Paris public transport operator RATP is continuing its procurement of electric buses with two new major orders. Irizar has received an order for 113 E-buses, while Bolloré subsidiary Bluebus has received an order for 158 E-buses. The vehicles are to be delivered in 2022 and 2023.
Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city, will have several electric buses from Solaris on the roads by the middle of next year. The municipal transport company AarBus has ordered 29 electric buses from the company.
Cornwall, UK-based Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has unveiled plans to build up to 5,000 electric-powered commercial vehicles per year from 2023, using its PACES modular EV platform, which the company sees as the basis for future electric vans, trucks and buses.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids has won an order to supply its Grid-eMotion Fleet smart fleet charging solution, unveiled last year, to the Swedish city of Västerås. The "grid-to-plug" charging system for electric buses is designed to charge more vehicles with less infrastructure.
Polish bus manufacturer Solaris has won two smaller orders for electric buses from Spain, with a total of six battery-electric buses to be delivered to Martorell and the Basque Country by the end of 2022.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a locally developed electric bus chassis in Brazil called the eO500U, which features a low-floor design and can accommodate bodies up to 13.2 metres long. The chassis is expected to offer a range of 250 km and will be available from 2022.
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has ordered 20 hydrogen double-decker buses from Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) for use on the city region's busiest route, the 10A between St Helens and Liverpool city centre.
In November, Wiener Linien will take delivery of the first hydrogen bus in the Austrian city transport system, the Hyundai Elec City Fuel Cell Bus. In Munich, too, two examples of the H2 bus model have recently been in operation for test purposes.
Volvo Buses has received three orders from operator Nobina for a total of 122 electric buses for use in the Swedish cities of Gothenburg, Malmö and Hässleholm. The Volvo 7900 Electric and 7900 Electric Articulated are scheduled for delivery in 2022 and 2023.
Russian commercial vehicle manufacturer Kamaz has presented its first hydrogen bus, the Kamaz 6290, which will be tested on the streets of Moscow starting next year.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announces that from now on all new buses ordered by Transport for London (TfL) for the UK capital will be locally zero emission.
British electric drive specialist Equipmake and Spanish bus builder Beulas have unveiled a battery-electric double-decker bus that is said to have a range of up to 250 miles - the equivalent of around 400 kilometres - with a battery capacity of up to 543 kWh.
Turkish bus builder Karsan has presented its new e-ATA family of electric buses, which will be offered in lengths of ten, twelve and 18 metres. Production has already started, and there is also an initial order for a total of 66 units of the new buses from Romania.
Stadtwerke Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz will be relying exclusively on electric buses from 2023 onwards. The new e-buses will gradually replace the diesel models currently in use.
Canadian commercial vehicle builder Vicinity Motor has entered into a strategic supply agreement with battery manufacturer Electrovaya, also based in Canada, to supply the lithium-ion batteries for the "Lightning" electric buses and the VMC 1200 Class 3 truck.
Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn has unveiled three in-house developed electric vehicle prototypes, with the Model C SUV, Model E sedan and Model T city bus all running under the Foxtron brand.
In the Polish city of Rybnik, a total of 16 Solaris electric buses will be in service from spring 2022. The order placed by the local transport company Klosok comprises eleven Urbino 12 electric solo buses and five articulated Urbino 18 electric buses.
Solaris has received an order for 14 double-articulated electric buses from Tide Bus Danmark. The Urbino 24 electric in the MetroStyle version will strengthen public transport in the Danish city of Aalborg.
The London transport company Go-Ahead orders its first fuel cell buses: The order with the Northern Irish manufacturer Wrightbus comprises 20 H2 buses of the type GB Kite Hydroliner, which are to be used in the greater Gatwick area of London Airport from June 2022.
In New Zealand, Auckland Transport and bus operator NZ Bus have reached an agreement to put 152 more battery-electric buses on Auckland's roads over the next four years, with the first of the new e-buses due to enter service in October 2022.
Long-distance buses with battery-electric drives are still exotic. Belgian commercial vehicle manufacturer Van Hool has now even unveiled a double-decker coach with an all-electric drive. The TDX25E is supposed to travel up to 500 kilometres, but is intended for the North American market.
BYD reports another large electric bus order from Finland, with local transport operator Nobina ordering another 70 e-buses, including 42 with a length of 13 meters and 28 with a length of 15 meters.
The UK government is funding five local transport authorities with a total of almost £71 million under the Zero Emission Bus Regional Area programme to support the introduction of up to 335 zero emission buses.
Turkish bus builder Karsan has received a new order for 26 electric buses from Romania, with the city of Deva ordering 22 units of the 6-meter e-Jest minibus and four units of the 8-meter e-Atak model. The order brings Karsan's sales of electric buses to Romania to 158 units.
Skoda Transportation presented its new E'City trolleybus at the CzechBus trade fair. The electric 12-metre bus has room for 69 passengers, 28 of whom are seated. The first customer is the Prague City Transport Authority, which has already ordered a fleet of 14 vehicles.
Milan's public transport operator ATM has ordered 50 more trolleybuses from Solaris. The order for 50 Trollino 18s is the outstanding part of a 2018 framework agreement under which Solaris has already delivered 30 trolleybuses.
English bus manufacturer Mellor has unveiled a new battery-electric bus family. The Sigma range comprises six models with lengths from seven to twelve metres and a total of over 20 variants. The components for the new Sigma buses come from CATL, Webasto, ZF, Dana and Ventura, among others.
Stadtwerke Konstanz has purchased six new electric buses as a prelude to the long-term conversion of its bus fleet. The new Mercedes eCitaro e-buses have already been delivered and are scheduled to enter service on routes 6 and 14 in February.
National Express Coventry has ordered 130 all-electric double-decker buses to enter service in Coventry from early 2023, with the necessary charging infrastructure still being built at depots and Pool Meadow bus station.
Moscow has put its 1,000th electric bus into service, and the expansion is going straight on: over the course of the year, 500 more e-buses are to be added, according to Mosgortrans, the operator of the bus and tram network in the Russian capital. The funding for the majority of them is to come from green bonds.
BYD has unveiled another electric school bus with bidirectional charging capability in the U.S. The new "Type A" is significantly smaller than the "Type D" presented last year.
In its efforts to reduce emissions from transport, Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection has set binding targets for public transport operators. From 2026, only electric city buses will be allowed to be purchased. The targets also include interim targets.
Two new major orders for electric buses have been made public in the U.S. in recent days. Nova Bus, part of the Volvo Group, has received its largest electric bus order to date from Houston, Texas, while New Flyer of America, part of the NFI Group, is to deliver 17 vehicles to Denver, Colorado.
New York City has ordered an additional 60 electric buses. The order goes to manufacturer New Flyer of America, which previously delivered 15 e-buses to NYC. The vehicles are intended to help reduce the metropolis' carbon footprint.
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) in California has become the first transit agency in North America to reach its goal of an all-electric fleet, reaching the milestone with the receipt of a 20th MCI-branded e-bus.
The UK government is funding twelve local transport authorities with a total of £198.3 million in a further round of the Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) programme, which will support the purchase of 943 battery and hydrogen buses and associated charging or refuelling infrastructure.
Vietnamese electric car maker VinFast has announced the construction of its first plant in the U.S. The factory in Chatham County, North Carolina, will produce e-cars, e-buses and batteries for them on an 800-acre site.
Arthur Bus, a company founded in 2021 and headquartered in Planegg near Munich, has presented the H2 Zero, a fuel cell bus with a consumption of less than six kilograms of hydrogen per 100 kilometers, at the Bus2Bus trade fair. The bus offers a range of more than 450 kilometers and is scheduled to be launched in the summer of 2022.
Forsee Power has received another order from Wrightbus, the Northern Irish bus builder, to supply the French battery manufacturer with Zen Slim battery modules for 420 of its electric buses, as well as Pulse battery systems for Wrightbus' hydrogen program.
Spanish bus builder Irizar has received an order for 30 electric buses from Valladolid. The order from public transport operator AUVASA (Autobuses Urbanos de Valladolid) includes not only 30 Irizar ie trams but also the corresponding charging infrastructure.