We bring you electric bus news from other countries, mainly from Europe. This time: London’s largest fleet of electric buses in Europe; Production of 1500 electric buses in partnership; More fuel cell buses from Solaris.
UK: London now has more than 1,000 zero-emission public transport buses (battery buses and fuel cell buses), according to Transport for London. This means the British capital now has the largest fleet of electric buses in Europe.
54 of London’s bus routes are fully electrified and 15 sections are electrified. The 1,000th electric bus is Ridebus Street Tech electroliner operator Metroline, which operates the bus on Line 204. Of the 1,000 electric buses in London, around 100 are owned by Metroline.
London is aiming for a completely zero-emissions bus service by 2034, but with continued government support for electrification, the target could be reached as early as 2030.
UK: The partnership between Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD and Britain’s Alexander Dennis (ADL) crossed a milestone on Monday with the delivery of the 1,500th electric bus produced in collaboration between the two companies. The anniversary bus, a BYD-Alexander Dennis Enviro200EV, was later picked up by bus operator GoAhead in London. The bus is one of nearly 300 electric buses from BYD-Alexander Dennis that GoAhead will receive in London this year.
The first 51 electric buses from BYD-Alexander Dennis were delivered to GoAhead London in 2016 and then parked at the bus operator’s depot in Waterloo, south London, the first major bus depot in Europe to be fully converted for electric buses. GoAhead London is BYD-Alexander Dennis’ largest single customer, with a total of 577 electric buses delivered or ordered.
Germany: Bus manufacturer Solaris has continued to have success with its fuel cell buses. Solaris has now delivered ten fuel cell buses to two bus companies in Bavaria. Buses run around Munich and Ebersberg.
The buses, Solaris Urbino 12 Hydrogen, have electric motors integrated in the rear axle and fuel cells with a capacity of 70 kW. Hydrogen for the fuel cells is stored in five tanks with a capacity of 1,500 liters, giving the buses a range of over 350 kilometers on a single refueling.
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