EUROPE'S LARGEST ELECTRIC PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUS FLEET NOW OPERATIVE
Eindhoven and Helmond, main cities in the Dutch provice of North Brabant, head towards zero-emission public transport by putting into operation 43 completely electrically powered articulated buses (18 metres) in a single Public Transport concession in this region. This is an important step leading to sustainable bus transportation and a glimpse at the future of public transport, says Transdev, which is operating the system.
All 43 public buses in this Dutch region will be electrically powered, starting the 11th of December. Together they form the largest zero-emission bus fleet in public transport in Europe.
It's the first public transport concession in Europe to deploy that many fully electric buses. London, for example, has 51 electric buses, but these are standard buses. The extra-long articulated buses in Dutch province Brabant can carry more passengers.
One of the biggest problems Transdev had to solve was the limited operational radius of the buses. Transdev tackles this problem through a combination of ultra-fast charging technology and an innovative rotation system.
Buses that run out during the day, can be charged within half an hour. The bus terminus in Eindhoven has been converted from a single diesel garage into a charging garage, containing 43 charging points. The buses are equipped with a type of pantograph - known from trams and trolleybuses - which are contacting the charging point. In addition, some electric buses are kept in reserve to replace buses which run out of power. Also bus drivers start their shifts on fully loaded buses in the terminus, instead of half-way their appointed route. At night, all buses will be fully charged in the terminus.
The buses will be deployed in urban public transport, where distances are relatively short and air pollution is the highest.
There is significant international interest for this public transport concession. Transdev will share information and experiences through its E-bus Living Lab en during an international convention in Paris next year.