By the end of 2020, 13 brand-new electric Ebusco 2.2 buses will be in operation in Frankfurt with Transdev Rhein-Main GmbH under the Alpina brand, replacing the current diesel buses.
Transdev’s order is for the 12m Ebusco 2.2 low-floor model, as used in several German cities (including Munich, Wartburg and on the island of Borkum) and in Dutch cities (such as Groningen, Dordrecht and Utrecht). Another 156 will be deployed in the Dutch cities of Haarlem and Amsterdam by the end of 2020, also operated by Transdev.
The City of Frankfurt am Main is aiming to replace all of its diesel buses with more environmentally-friendly alternatives by 2030. Transdev Rhein-Main GmbH is going to operate the A and G lines under the Alpina brand, using the newly-ordered Ebusco 2.2 buses. The operation will begin in December 2020.
Henrik Behrens, Managing Director Bus of the Transdev Group in Germany, said: “With our Europe-wide experience in the field of e-mobility, we actively support local authorities in the turnaround in traffic and at the same time make a contribution to improving air quality.”
The vehicles are equipped with LFP technology, which Ebusco describes as ‘one of best and safest battery technologies in the industry.’ The manufacturer has also focused extensively on weight reduction to increase the range of its vehicles; the 2.2 model can travel 350km on a single charge as a result of this approach.
Transdev’s new vehicles will sport air-conditioning alongside a number of other passenger convenience features.
The new order means that, by the end of the year, 40 Ebusco electric buses will be in operation across Germany. In 2021, more deliveries are planned for other big cities, including Munich and Bonn.