VHH is set to triple the number of its electric buses this year. A tender for a further bach 32 e-buses has been completed, the public transport company made public. The contracts were awarded to Irizar, MAN and Volvo. Being more specific, the order includes 20 MAN Lion’s City E (10 12-meter and 12 articulated buses), eight Irizar ie bus 12-meter and four articulated e-buses from Volvo (model 7900 EA).

Delivery of the new vehicles is scheduled to begin at the end of 2021.

Electric buses in Hamburg, VHH takes thing seriously

According to the Hamburg Senate’s specification, VHH has only been procuring locally emission-free, battery-powered buses for Hamburg since 2020. By 2030, the entire bus fleet is to be converted to zero-emission drives as far as possible.

VHH currently has 22 12-meter e-buses in operation, most of which are used in regular service from the Bergedorf depot. In the course of the first half of the year, VHH will put 17 more e-buses into operation, to be supplied from the manufacturers EvoBus (eCitaro) and MAN (Lion’s City 12E). In addition, the first 16 Mercedes eCitaro articulated buses are to be successively put into operation at VHH over the next few months, VHH points out.

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Electric buses for VHH, 700 buses to be converted

“The conversion to e-mobility requires a fundamentally different form of operation in which every process must be questioned and, if necessary, rolled out starting from scratch. Innovative vehicles are an important building block in this process. We work very intensively with all the manufacturers who supply us. We can pay attention to issues such as availability and range and push them forward together,” says VHH Managing Director Toralf Müller.

“The conversion to e-buses is an important contribution to achieving the climate targets of the city of Hamburg. We see that momentum is building up everywhere so that Hamburg’s transport companies can be emission-free by 2030. It is really good that the purchase of new buses is also combined with increased comfort for passengers – for example with additional USB charging sockets and comfortable seats,” says VHH Supervisory Board Chairman, State Councillor Martin Bill.

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