PUBLIC TRANSPORT OF WIESBADEN SHOULD BE EMISSION FREE BY 2022
Wiesbaden, the capital of the German province of Hessen, has plans to convert its complete current public transport system to a fully emission free network, among others by replacing all current diesel buses by electric vehicles.
By 2022 all current diesel buses, 220 in total, will have been replaced by clean electrical buses, it was recently stated by the city. They will be acquired in four batches of 55 vehicles during the coming years. Details about the type of technology to be used are not yet available, though it may be be taken for granted that Mercedes-Benz buses are involved in this project as supplier of the new city buses, since they are the main supplier of the current Wiesbaden busfleet.
Another important element of the newly developed public transport system is the new Citybahn, operated by City-Bahn GmbH, which is also city-owned.
The whole project will be paid for by the city, though it gets financial support from the province who pays 50 percent of the price difference between an electric bus and a diesel bus.