With the deployment of 8 new electric buses from Netherlands-based manufacturer Ebusco, the Munich Traffic Association (MVG) has fully electrified the city’s bus line 144, which runs over the Landshutter Allee and through Olympia Park. The new 12-meter Ebusco 2.2 city buses join 4 Ebusco buses that were delivered to Munich earlier this year.
Line 144 is the first in the city to be served entirely by battery-electric buses. A second line, line 100, will also be electrified by the end of the year.
“The Ebusco 2.2 is a fully-fledged alternative to the traditional diesel bus,” said Peter Bijvelds, CEO of Ebusco. “Our buses can easily run for up to 300 km on a single battery charge. As a result, they only need to charge at night to run their entire service during the day.”
“Our goal is to convert our bus fleet almost completely to electric buses over the next 10 years and to run them on green electricity,” said Ingo Wortmann, CEO of MVG. “Two fully electric lines are a good start to gain experience. A condition for this sustainable transition is that electric buses are just as efficient as the current diesel buses. They need powerful batteries with a long range. On the other hand, the buses should have enough passenger capacity to be able to operate on our busiest routes.”
Another important step in the transition to a fully electric bus fleet is the establishment of charging infrastructure at the MVG depot in East Munich. This was recently supplemented with 10 additional Ebusco chargers, which will allow 15 buses to be charged at the same time.
“Public transport remains a forerunner in the field of environmental protection,” said Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter. “We will continue the transition to emission-free public transport at high speed in our bus, tram and metro networks. We need an alternative to the car, and public transport is an efficient and attractive solution for this.”