Monday, 2 August 2021

Major Order for Ebusco's Long Range Composite Electric Bus

Transdev Nederland has ordered 39 Ebusco 3.0 buses for their city and intercity routes in the Gooi and Vecht region.  

The 39 Ebusco’s innovative, lightweight electric city and regional buses will operate from April 2022 onwards. These buses will travel an average of 110,000 kilometres per year on a plug-in charging basis.

The Ebusco 3.0 is 100% sustainable and extremely innovative, as it’s made from composite materials instead of steel. This configuration is therefore 25% lighter than regular city and intercity buses. The main advantage is much lower energy consumption and the ability to drive a lot more kilometres on the same battery pack.

In addition, composite has the advantage of being extremely strong and therefore has a much longer lifespan, so these brand-new buses can still be used for years to come.

A major contribution to climate goals

By operating these vehicles Transdev will be making a significant contribution to climate goals. Ebusco say that "Once again we are delighted to be one of Transdev’s main partners and thus make a joint contribution to the improvement of air quality. Ebusco’s electric buses will also help to tackle the nitrogen pollution crisis as the buses do not emit any CO₂ or nitrogen."

Each bus will reduce CO₂ pollution by approximately 1 kg per kilometre driven. Based on the order, this provides a reduction in more than 30 million kg CO₂ over the entire contract period.

Background Information on the Ebusco 3.0

A multifunctional team of key experts with a proven track record in aerospace, automotive and electronics has been working on the development of this innovative vehicle for years.

The bus is unique, and has many innovations in addition to its composite body: for example, the batteries are located in the floor (making the bus much more stable and comfortable to drive) and the buses are fitted with cameras instead of mirrors adding to the safety features.  

Naturally, inside the bus, both the bus driver and passengers have every luxury: the bus is more spacious than before, there are USB ports everywhere and the bus has air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

The Ebusco 3.0 has been produced entirely in the Netherlands; in Deurne. The Ebusco 3.0 (prototype) was introduced in October 2019 and Ebusco is extremely proud that Transdev Nederland will be the first to put this Ebusco 3.0 on the road in its home country.

Transdev Nederland and Ebusco signed the contract for the order.
 In this photo are Manu Lageirse, CEO Transdev Nederland and Peter Bijvelds, CEO Ebusco.

Long range

Due to the Ebusco 3.0’s low energy consumption and its correspondingly long range, in most cases there is now no need for interim battery charging. This makes a considerable difference to the costs associated with the charging infrastructure and charging time. “As a company, we have now gained more than nine years of experience with electric buses and chargers, so we know exactly what we’re doing,” said Peter Bijvelds, CEO of Ebusco. “We believe the LFP-technology battery used on these buses is the best and safest battery on the market. 

Thanks to the combination of all the innovations we apply, these buses can travel up to 575 km (357miles) on a single charge; which is truly unique for a bus of this size”.