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Electric buses to be deployed in several European cities [free access]

May 20, 2019

Several European cities have awarded contracts related to, received deliveries of, and commenced operations on electric buses in the region.


BYD has secured a contract from Nobina to supply 20 K11 articulated electric buses, which the company will operate in Sweden. Of these, four buses will be deployed in the Barkarby district of Stockholm and 16 buses will be deployed in Linköping. Each bus will be 18metres long and will be equipped with iron-phosphate traction batteries. The first bus is expected to be delivered by end-2018 and the delivery is expected to be completed by 2019.With the completion of this contract, Nobina will now have a fleet of 138 buses in Sweden.The company has also recently secured a contract to supply 26 electric buses (11 12-metre buses, 10 18-metre articulated buses, and five 8.7-metre midi-buses).


Further, BYD has also secured a contract from EMT Madrid to supply 15 12-metre electric buses to the city. The buses will replace the currently operational combustion-powered buses. The delivery of the buses is expected to commence in 2020.


A consortium, comprising Chinese companies Higer and Aowei as well as Bulgarian company Chariot Motors, has secured a EUR8.37 million (USD9.36 million) contract from Sofia Public Electrical Transport Company JSC to supply 15 electric buses and six charging stations for the city. Each bus is estimated to cost EUR488,000. The buseswill be equipped with fast-charging technology. They are expected to be delivered by end-2019. The company will supply and test the buses,provide training, and also provide a 10-year guarantee of the ultra-capacitor. If Sofia Public Electrical Transport Company is satisfied with the performance of the electric buses, it will procure an additional 15 buses under the same terms and conditions. 


BYD has also delivered 15 electric buses to transport operator Tubasa in Spain under a contract secured in July 2018. Each bus is 12metres long and is equipped with iron-phosphate traction batteries.


In addition, Keolis, the bus operator in Amiens, in northern France, has commenced operations on a fleet of 43 electric buses supplied by Irizar. Each bus has a capacity to carry 151 passengers and is equipped with Irizar’s dual charging technology, including overhead charging.