Plans for a zero-emission bus fleet are going ahead after tests of different drive technology on Hamburg’s bus no. 109 put battery-driven vehicles well ahead, a press release said Monday (September 4, 2017).
60 new electric buses by 2020
A tender to purchase an initial 30 electric buses by 2019 was issued in summer. Another 30 buses will be added in 2020. Then only zero-emission electric buses will be ordered. The Chairman of the Board Senator Frank Horch, President of the Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation, said: “2016 was a truly successful year for HOCHBAHN and Hamburg – not least with excellent business results. We have set a course for the future. The barrier-free expansion of the existing underground network is going according to plan. All that will make public transport in Hamburg even more attractive and encourage more people to switch to buses and trains.”
Hamburg and Berlin launching nationwide initiative
The tender for the bus fleet is part of a nationwide purchasing initiative launched by Hamburg and Berlin to boost standard technology. By purchasing large quantities, the cities hope to achieve purchase prices similar to those of diesel-run buses. Public transport companies in Stuttgart, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Darmstadt have joined the initiative meanwhile.