24 Apr 2020

BELGIUM'S MULTIOBUS ORDERS 10 EBUSCO 2.2

Spring next year Ebusco will start to deliver another ten new electric buses in Belgium. Operator Multiobus has ordered these 10 Ebusco 2.2 buses for Flanders’ inner-city and regional traffic in the Flemish Brabant region. Multiobus generates the power for the electric buses itself, using its own solar panels.

Multiobus is a subcontractor of Belgium operator De Lijn. These ten buses will be added to the two Ebusco electric buses that Multiobus already has been running for almost 2 years now in the city Tienen and surrounding areas. From the spring of 2021, the ten Ebusco 2.2 buses will run in “Hageland” and the east Flemish-Brabant region, and all under De Lijn’s banner.

With these new electric buses, Multiobus is making an important contribution to the challenging climate goals. By 2030, CO2 emissions must decrease by 35% compared to 2005. These electric vehicles reduce CO₂ emission by 1 kg per kilometre driven by each bus. Based on these figures and including the two Ebusco's Multiobus already have, supplied mid-2018, a CO2 reduction by 1000 tonnes per year is expected. The Ebusco's are equipped with smart camera systems replacing the mirrors making blind spots more visible and through infra-red functionality the give a clear image at night. Furthermore the buses have USB ports and WiFi throughout and can carry up to 90 passengers. One of the reasons Multiobus has chosen for Ebusco is the large battery range. The driving range is 250 to 350 kilometres on one battery charge. The buses are recharged in the depot overnight or by using the inverted pantograph on the bus roof. The line pattern is so spread out that depot-charging is the most cost-effective way to charge the vehicles. This makes a considerable difference to charging time and the size of the investment required in charging infrastructure also because according to Olivier van Mullem, CEO Multiobus, the electricity needed is generated by solar panels on the buildings.



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