First Ebusco 3.0 with Transdev’s livery will hit the road soon in the Netherlands. They are the first coming out from series production. The delivery “marks a new phase towards a production capacity of 3,000 buses per year“, Ebusco states (such plan was already announced earlier this year). 39 units were ordered.
The Ebusco 3.0 buses will be delivered in phases. Due to issues in the supply chain, the buses had been waiting for the final parts since the end of last year, the manufacturer says. Indeed, delivery of this fleet was initially planned for spring 2022.
Ebusco 3.0 ready for Transdev
The Ebusco 3.0 stands out for having batteries integrated into the floor. The very first (and – so far – only) Ebusco 3.0 bus has already been running for over a year and a half on line 100 in downtown Munich. In practice, the energy consumption of this bus already proved to be over 30 per cent lower compared to its predecessor (the Ebusco 2.2).
At Transdev, the Ebusco 3.0 buses will travel an average of about 110,000 kilometers a year. As a result, over the total contract period, more than 30 million kg of CO2 will be saved, according to Ebusco’s calculations.
The “delivery of the first buses from serial production, therefore, marks an important tipping point in Ebusco’s ramp-up. In the medium term, the company is targeting a production capacity of 3,000 buses a year”, still from Ebusco’s press note.
First Ebusco 3.0 from series production
Manu Lageirse, CEO at Transdev Nederland, comments: “With the Ebusco 2.2 buses, we already save around 15 million kilograms of CO2 every year. We are very proud to take another big step forward in our sustainability strategy by adding the Ebusco 3.0 to our fleet. We have already tested the Ebusco 3.0 extensively and are delighted to finally welcome our passengers in this sustainable bus.”
Bob Fleuren, COO at Ebusco, explains: “We are thrilled to deliver the first buses from serial production in the Netherlands. Besides the usual learning curve when starting a new production line, in particular issues in the supply chain caused the completion of the buses to take longer than expected. However, our team has worked extremely hard over the past few months and we are therefore proud that Transdev can now hit the road with the first Ebusco 3.0 bus. With this first series, a solid foundation has been established for our continued ramp-up, so we expect to make considerable progress in the next few months.”