The German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has approved EUR 8.6 million in funds for a pilot project to improve the charging infrastructure in entire bus depots, a press release said Tuesday (January 30, 2018). Around EUR 6.4 million out of the total EUR 8.6 million will go to HOCHBAHN to fund energy supply and the charging infrastructure for six carports in the Gleisdreick bus depot. The project’s size is unique in Germany and aims to find solution that can be adapted by transport authorities across Germany.
Complete changeover to emission-free buses
Andreas Rieckhof, Hamburg’s State Councillor for Transport, said: “We will continue to boost and strengthen electric transport in Hamburg. The innovation and widescale use of emission-free buses will put us ahead in Germany. Air pollution control and sustainability are very important to us.” From 2020, both HOCHBAHN und VHH will purchase use only emission-free buses and gradually convert all 1,500 buses in the fleet. The entire costs of the project come to around EUR 24.4 million – EUR 15.7 million (minus the grant) of which HOCHBAHN will pay EUR 12 million, VHH EUR 3.7 million.
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