Saturday 9 May 2020


Multiobus in Belgium has ordered 10 Ebusco 2.2 buses for Flanders’ inner-city and regional routes in the Flemish Brabant region. Multiobus generates the power for the electric buses itself, using its own solar panels.

Multiobus is a subcontractor of Belgium operator De Lijn. These ten buses will be added to the two Ebusco electric buses that Multiobus have been running for almost 2 years in the city of Tienen and surrounding areas. 
From the spring of 2021, the ten new Ebusco 2.2 buses will run in “Hageland” and the east Flemish-Brabant region, and all under De Lijn’s banner.

The new electric buses will make an important contribution to the challenging climate goals. By 2030, CO2 emissions must decrease by 35% compared to 2005. 
The electric vehicles reduce CO₂ emission by 1 kg per kilometre driven by each bus. Based on these figures and including the two Ebusco's Multiobus supplied iduring mid-2018, a CO2 reduction by 1000 tonnes per year is expected. 
The Ebusco's are equipped with smart camera systems replacing the mirrors making blind spots more visible and through infra-red functionality the give a clear image at night. Furthermore the buses have USB ports and WiFi throughout and can carry up to 90 passengers. 

One of the reasons Multiobus has chosen for Ebusco is the battery range 250 to 350 kilometres on one battery charge. The buses are recharged in the depot overnight or by using the inverted pantograph on the bus roof. 
The route pattern is so spread out that depot-charging is the most cost-effective way to charge the vehicles. This makes a considerable difference to charging time and the size of the investment required in charging infrastructure is that the electricity used is generated by solar panels on the buildings.