E-mobility has a tremendous recovery in public transport

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Electromobility electromobiles more and more people. This significantly shows the increasing registration numbers of electric cars, the proportion of E-cars is clearly clear in the new vehicles in the double-digit percentage range. But not only in individual traffic, the e-mobility takes on ride.

Even in public transport, more and more operators are based on E vehicles, such as the current figures of the umbrella organization of the European vehicle manufacturers (ACEA) show. The association registered on the basis of the bus registration numbers that the sales of electro buses in the European Union 2020 has increased by 18.4 percent compared to 2019. The proportion of the diesel engine, on the other hand, has declined almost ten percent. “Overall, the European electric market for electric buses last year was more than 2000 vehicles. And the trend is clearly rising,” says Rudi Kuchta, Head Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus. The manufacturer assumes that half of all new MAN city buses will have alternative drive systems by 2025.

Despite the increasing number of e-buses, the diesel bus is still by far the most common on EU roads. According to ACEA, there were more than 690 in total in 2019.000 buses with an average age of 11.7 years – 94.5 percent of them were powered by diesel, 0.6 percent purely electrically. “The figures and our experience show that electric mobility is on the upswing. At the same time, they also make it clear what great potential it still has. Replacing diesel buses with outdated technology with modern electric buses will make a huge contribution to reducing CO2 emissions,” says Kuchta. The electric drive in public transport is “a central component in countering climate change.Because with an annual mileage of 50.000 to 60.000 kilometers and one of the use, topography and vehicle variant varying consumption of 36 to 49 liters per 100 kilometers can be saved around 60 to 80 tonnes of CO2 per year with an electric biscus, which is located locally free of emission-free – compared to the diesel bus and acceptance the current power mix.

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Buses are considered one of the most environmentally friendly and most economical means of transport. Public operators and municipalities have themselves in hand to save even more CO2 emissions and thus contribute to climate protection. This has also recognized the European Union and passed the “Clean Vehicle Directive”. This provides binding emission standards in municipal fleets – since August 2021 the legislation is in force. Cities have to put their course for emission-free mobility. The goal is to come from “low emission” to “no emission”. “More and more public transport companies have understood this and rely on new purchases only on battery-powered city buses. Or they set clear temporal goals for the conversion of the entire fleet to emission-free drives, “says Kuchta. An example of this is the public transport companies Hamburg-Holstein (VHH), which have been exclusively emission-free, battery-powered buses since 2020. The aim is to convert the entire bus fleet to emission-free drives as far as possible by 2030.

“Electromobility is the key technology for commercial vehicle traffic of the future”

In order to provide the transport companies with the best possible support on their way to emission-free mobility, MAN Truck & Bus offers an overall concept that brings together comprehensive e-mobility advice and tailor-made, future-oriented solutions. Because for MAN, too, the future of urban mobility is electric. “We are convinced that electric mobility is the key technology for commercial vehicle transport in the future. For this reason, we continue to drive technologies and progress together with our customers,” says Kuchta. The focus is on the MAN Lion’s City E – and thus the all-electric solution for public transport.

How well MAN Lion’s City E masters city traffic and how uncomplicated he can integrate into existing processes, he has been proving in more and more cities throughout Europe for several months. In a test drive that took place in Munich in May of this year, it also broke the 550-kilometer mark under realistic everyday conditions with just one battery charge. “The issue of range plays a key role for our customers. Because on the lines that were previously served by a single vehicle with a combustion engine, in future only one electric vehicle will be on the road. At the MAN Efficiency Run, our e-bus impressively demonstrated how suitable electromobility is for everyday use,” says Kuchta. Because even with a realistic range of “only” 400 kilometers in regular operation, the bus could cover 98 percent of the routes served by MAN customers without intermediate charging. And it is then charged in the depot – with the advantage that the operators do not have to invest in additional charging infrastructure in the city area.

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3 thoughts on “E-mobility has a tremendous recovery in public transport”

  1. “That also recognized the European Union and adopted the” Clean Vehicle Directive “. This provides for binding emission standards in municipal fleets – the legislation has been in force since August 2021. Cities must therefore set their course for emission-free mobility.”

    Strictly speaking, they were given a quota of first 45%, later 65% for buses. Unfortunately, natural gas, biofuels and synthetic fuels also apply. Scheuer quickly fumbled that on the edge of the scope of the directive’s interpretation. Luckily the guy will soon be history and they will surely improve it. On the other hand, these alternatives are currently still very expensive to operate, so it will end up being electric.

  2. There are interesting developments in electric motors in terms of cost and rare earths..

    MAHLE: New highly efficient electric engine

    Magnet-free electric motor should combine the strengths of different electric motor concepts in one product and offer benefits in terms of costs, raw material security and environmental compatibility by not using rare earths.

    (Source: logtra.de – 06.05.2021)

    Batteries will also become increasingly cheaper over the next few years.

    With the planned construction of six “giga factories”, VW wants to fall well below the 100 euro mark, cut battery costs in half.

    (Source: car picture.de – 10.08.2021)

    As a result, there are more and more battery-electric buses on our roads.


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