Munich transport services use electric buses for the first time

According to the newspaper Die Bild, the first two electric buses will be in regular service in Munich this year. The head of the Munich Transport Authorities (MVG), Ingo Wortmann, wants to “get away from oil, away from diesel”.

The two electric buses of the Dutch manufacturer Ebusco were delivered to Munich in August, according to information from Die Bild. In September 2017, they will be presented to the public. Soon after that, they will be used on the city bus line 144, which connects Scheidplatz via the Olympiapark with Rotkreuzplatz.

According to Bild Zeitung, the 12-metre-long Electric Citybus 2.1 can accommodate up to 95 passengers. The two vehicles are made of lightweight aluminium. The manufacturer specifies the range of the bus with at least 300 kilometres, using the 311 kW standard battery. As the Bild-Zeitung reports, Bremen has also ordered this type of bus in Germany.

According to MVG, further electric buses of this type will follow. This year, MVG also plans to order two 18-metre electric articulated buses. They are due to go into operation at the end of 2018. According to Bild-Zeitung, MVG’s main goal is to operate an entire bus line with electric buses by 2019.

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