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INDIA ORDERS 500 ELECTRIC BUSES FOR PUNE
The Indian city of Pune has ordered 500 electric buses due to arrive over the next six months. Local transport provider PMPML changed the order last minute, scrapping its initial plan to acquire 800 diesel buses after mounting political pressure.Read article
BERLIN PREPARES ANOTHER ELECTRIC BUS TENDER
The first tender to electrify the Berlin bus fleet owned by the BVG with 30 electric buses has closed. The BVG is now checking the offers and will decide who will receive the bid. The next tender is also to be released shortly.Read article
OSLO GETS SEVENTY NEW E-BUSES
The Norwegian capital Oslo has announced the procurement of 70 new electric buses, which will take up service next year. The companies Unibus, Nobina and Norgesbuss will be operating the new vehicles on 13 bus lines in Oslo.Read article
ALTERNATIVES IN PARIS
Of all European capitals, Paris claims to lead the way in the move to zero- or low-emission buses. Firstly, Paris views hybrid as a transitional technology and not part of its long-term plans. Secondly, it sees biogas as a significant player in its fleet of the future
Greater similarity surrounds opinions on opportunity charging. It plays no part in Paris’s transition to procuring only alternative energy buses. Instead, RATP has settled on overnight recharging. “Satisfactory operation using opportunity charging is, we believe, expensive and difficult,” says Nicolas Cartier, bus 2025 Programme Director.
EUROPEAN DEBUT FOR SELFDRIVING BUS IN PARIS
Paris operator RATP has made a small start on automation, and a move towards buying only low- and zero-emission examples by 2025
Not only has RATP achieved a first for the continent with an Iveco that drives itself within depot confines, but it is pushing on with the bus2025 programme. That will see battery electric or biogas power all new purchases by 2025.