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.
These are ten solo and ten articulated buses from MAN (Lion's City 12E and Lion's City 18E), eight solo buses from Irizar (ie Bus 12) and four articulated buses from Volvo (7900 EA), according to VHH. This is the first time that Hamburg has ordered electric buses from Irizar and Volvo.
According to the VHH, it currently has 22 electric solo buses, most of which are used by the Bergedorf depot in regular service. In the course of the first half of the year, the VHH plans to put 17 more electric solo buses into service. These are earlier orders for twelve-meter buses from MAN and from the Mercedes subsidiary EvoBus, which supplies the eCitaro as a solo bus to Hamburg. In addition, the first 16 eCitaro articulated buses are to go into service successively at the VHH in the coming months.
"Converting to e-mobility requires a fundamentally different form of operation, where every process has to be questioned and, if necessary, re-rolled," said VHH Managing Director Toralf Müller, according to the statement. "Innovative vehicles are an important building block in this process. We work very intensively with all the manufacturers who supply us. We can pay attention to issues such as availability and range and push them further together."