BELGIUM According to ITSInternational, the UITP sees the future of the bus as being electric. More and more cities in Europe and around the world are turning to electric buses in an effort to go green according to UITP’s new ZeEUS eBus Report, says the publication.
It says that the report, published as part of the Zero Emission Urban Bus System project, reveals that 19 public transport operators and authorities, covering around 25 European cities, have a published electric bus strategy for 2020.
By this date, there should be more than 2,500 electric buses operating in these cities, representing 6% of their total fleet of 40,000.
More than 13 public transport operators and authorities in a further 18 European cities have a strategy up to 2025. By then, more than 6,100 electric buses are expected in service, representing 43% of a total fleet of 14,000.
According to ITSInternational, the report also includes a market analysis conducted among bus manufacturers, which indicates that a European series production of electric buses should reach full maturity by 2018-2020.