Ebusco secures order for 60

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Dutch company, which has its vehicles built in China, secures major part of orders from Qbuzz for 159 electric buses

Ebusco has been championing the adoption of electric buses for some time. ANDY IZATT

Dutch supplier Ebusco is to supply 60 of the 159 electric buses ordered by Qbuzz for the new Groningen-Drenthe concession in the Netherlands. It will be the largest introduction of 12m electric buses in Europe.

”Travellers will really experience a new travel experience,” said Steven van der Burg, who supervises the project from Ebusco. “There are USB ports for telephone charging and comfortable seats are installed for the long distance. There is also a lot of daylight in the bus and no engine noise.”

For safety the buses will have a tram bell sound, which can be used at low speeds. Especially at stations and in densely populated areas, this will become the new characteristic sound, says the manufacturer, which pointed out that the introduction of electric regional buses is a relatively new concept.

“This mainly has to do with the range of an electric bus,” said Peter Bijvelds, Director of Ebusco. “The last generation regional buses from Ebusco have a range of up to 400km. This allows the buses to be charged via a plug, so there is no need of a fast charging infrastructure to be set up in the region. As a result, Qbuzz has been able to purchase more new electric buses and reduces more emissions.”

The new bus fleet is due to enter service in December and never before in Europe have so many new electric buses been introduced at the same time. Qbuzz and Ebusco have been working together for a long time to enable a quick transformation to quiet and clean cities.

In Utrecht, there are already about 10 buses on route 1. In addition, in the city of Dordrecht from 1 April there will be 37 Ebusco electrics.


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