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Senator Frank Horch und HOCHBAHN-Vorstand Ulrike Riedel © Hamburger Hochbahn

Hamburger Hochbahn to put battery-powered buses on road

Three emission-free, 12 metre electric buses for public transport. Only emission-free buses to be purchased from 2020

Hamburger Hochbahn is to put three battery-powered buses by the Polish producer Solaris on the road after the new vehicles were presented Wednesday (August 17th) at the electric bus terminal in Hamburg’s Adenauerallee. Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, and Ulrike Riedel, Executive Board of HOCHBAHN, attended the presentation. The vehicles travel almost silently and without juddering.

Only emission-free buses from 2020

Horch said: “We are making local public passenger transport even more environment-friendly as Hamburg will purchase only emission-free buses from 2020. Therefore, the new, purely battery-powered buses are an important step: The air improves and there will be less noise. And we are learning plenty about bus transport which is entirely free of emissions in future.” The introduction of the vehicles means the entire bus infrastructure – from bus depots, loading facilities to garages – will eventually be changed as well to ensure emission-free transport. Riedel said: “The occupational fields and work procedures will also be adjusted to the new technologies.”

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Photo: Michael Westhagemann, CEO of Siemens Region Nord, Senator for Economics, Frank Horch, Ulrike Riedel, HOCHBAHN Board of Management responsible for Human Resources and Organisation, Dr. Andreas Strecker, CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach

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