GERMAN E-BUS BUYING COMMUNITY TO EXPAND
The Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) and Hamburg’s Hochbahn are looking to join forces when it comes to purchasing electric buses. Larger orders could help lower the price per unit and could inspire more innovation.
Transport authorities in other cities are invited to join, according to a recent report in the newspaper Morgenpost. One of the cities joining this club is Munich, which city wants more e-buses even before the arrival of two electric buses from Ebusco next month. They had been ordered back in 2015 and this time, Stadtwerke München have prepared their next tender already. Wanted are two 18m bendy buses, again all electric, and ideally fit for service before the end of 2018. They could then join other single electric buses Munich's transport provider MVG plans to buy next year. Its strategy is to go a 100% electric bit by bit. Therefore MVG has decided to become part of the e-bus buying group which Berlin's BVG and the Hamburg Hochbahn initiated.
Inside Poland such a club also exists. Warsaw recently joined this club of cities that order electric buses repeatedly and this time, Poland's capital selected local supplier Solaris to deliver ten Urbino by Q1 2018. The acquisition follows the earlier introduction of six hybrid and two electric buses, but Warsaw wants to put 800 new buses into operation by 2027 and the majority of them to be low and zero-emission, i.e. hybrid, CNG and electric.