08 Feb 2018


The Amsterdam public transport company GVB is now also taking measures to replace part of its diesel busfleet with electric buses. It is scheduled that from 2020 onwards the first electric buses will be running on the local lines 15, 22 and 36.

During the coming years, Amsterdam will completely switch over to emission-free buses, the city states, mainly by acquiring more electric buses. These buses will be cleaner, quieter, and more comfortable for both passengers and drivers.

After a careful study It has already been decided that the batteries of these first electric buses will be charged by means of Opportunity Charging. The study leading to this result was carried out by the municipality of Amsterdam, the GVB local public transport company, and the Amsterdam Transport Region.

Two systems were originally in the running, the first being In Motion Charging (IMC) where the batteries are charged while traveling, using the overhead wires on a part of the route. The second system is Opportunity Charging (OC), charging the batteries at the end of each route.

This fall, the GVB, the Amsterdam Transport Region, and the municipality will come to a final decision with regard to the selection of the buses and the infrastructure. In 2020, the first 28 diesel buses will be replaced by 31 electric buses, with an option for acquiring 69 more electric buses afterwards. Amsterdam Schiphol airport already has its own fleet of 35 electric buses.


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