18 Oct 2019

Demand for European standards

Twelve buses competed for the Busworld Grand Award Bus 2019.

The vast majority of these were electrically powered buses, alongside a hybrid CNG bus and a hydrogen fuel cell bus. Both midi-buses and standard and articulated buses were pre-programmed and extensively assessed and tested. As the buses were offered as a 'showroom model' by the manufacturer or in the version desired by the carriers, it was not an easy task for the jury to objectively assess these buses. Some comments were made about the potentially very optimistic assessment of the autonomy of battery-powered electric buses in their day-to-day operation. There were also questions regarding the safe installation of high-voltage power lines and the risk of electrocution in electric vehicles; in this respect, there was a demand for unambiguous European standards.

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