Ebusco, a prominent player in the eBus industry, has signed a deal with Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (ViP) for the delivery of 23 state-of-the-art electric buses.
This significant contract includes 10 Ebusco 3.0 12-metre and 13 Ebusco 3.0 18-metre, slated to hit the streets of Potsdam in 2025.
The 12-metre vehicles are designed with a low floor and three doors, boasting a robust battery pack exceeding 350 kWh.
In parallel, the 18-metre units, featuring four doors, will be powered by an even larger battery pack surpassing 500 kWh.
What sets these buses apart is the inclusion of a pantograph in each, a first for the Ebusco 3.0 model.
The introduction of these environmentally friendly vehicles aligns with ViP’s commitment to gradually reduce the 5,000 tons of CO2 emissions generated by its bus fleet, aiming for completely emission-free operations by 2031.
ViP, managing a fleet of 59 units and serving over 30 million passengers annually, sees this order as a pivotal move in achieving its sustainability goals.
Collaborating with Ebusco, the transit authority plans to implement a pantograph charging infrastructure, marking the debut of this technology in the 3.0 model.
Notably, the pantograph has been successfully utilized in previous 2.2 models for several years.
Patrick Oosterveld, Sales Director of the company, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating:
“Ebusco has consistently played an important role in facilitating the initial adoption of eBuses. We are thrilled to continue contributing our wealth of knowledge and experience, playing a significant part in the successful implementation of electric buses.”
Bettina Biffi and Uwe Loeschmann, Managing Directors of Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam, echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the strategic importance of this order in their journey toward an emission-free fleet.
“The order for 23 electric vehicles is our targeted step towards continuing to offer environmentally friendly public transport in Potsdam and keeping up with the latest technological developments,” they remarked.