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Hungary to procure 3,000 electric buses by 2022 [free access]

April 22, 2019

The Government of Hungary has announced plans to finance the procurement of 3,000 electric buses within three years for public transportation. The National Bus Procurement Committee/ Nemzeti Autóbusz Beszerzési Bizottságot (NABB), a government administered body established in 2016 for the development of the Hungarian bus industry as well as for public bus procurement, plans to launch a tender to purchase 700–800 buses in 2019. However, the domestic market can fulfil only 50 per cent of the demand and the government wants to procure locally manufactured buses.


In December 2018, Hungary-based Ikarus and China-based CRRC Urban Traffic Kft (CRRC) established a joint venture (JV), Electrobus Europe Zrt, to develop an electric bus for the Hungarian and the European markets. The JV unveiled a prototype electric bus (branded CityPioneer), which is currently being tested in Székesfehérvár, Hungry. The bus is expected to be put into regular bus services by the end of 2019.


The prototype bus is a low-floor vehicle and 12 metres long. It is powered by a 313-kWh battery pack and a 240-kW permanent magnet synchronous motor. The bus can travel 200–260 km on a single charge and can be recharged in 5–6 hours. The cost of each bus is around HUF120 million.


Electrobus Europe plans to manufacture at least 200 buses in 2019 and 1,000 buses in 2020.


(1 HUF [Hungarian Forint] = 0.004 USD)