Friday 27 January 2023

Major Savings on Running Costs With Ebusco Composite 3.0 v Traditional 2.2

In 2022 the first Ebusco 3.0 was put into operation operation in Munich, Germany. “A groundbreaking lightweight electric bus that would break all boundaries of electric driving”: this is how Ebusco defines this model.

The first Ebusco 3 as delivered to Munich

Since the weight of an electric bus greatly impacts on its performance, Ebusco started developing a lightweight, composite bus which went into operation in late 2021. 

The first city to use the 3.0 model was Munich and as they have also run the traditional 2.2 models for some years, it provided an ideal opportunity to compare the in exactly the same conditions on the same route. So now, a year later, tests have been run to see if the composite bodied vehicle proves itself against a conventional vehicle

Both models are in daily operation and transport people sustainably in and around the city of Munich. Using route 100 as the home base for both models, the buses drive an average of around 200 km per day.

A conventional Ebusco 2.2 in Munich

In the tests it was found that the Ebusco 3.0 “does not need the same number of battery packs to achieve the same daily distance due to its lightweight structure The Ebusco 3.0 is therefore able to drive significantly more kilometers in its daily operation while consuming considerably less"

With a consumption saving of 0.35 KW per kilometer compared to the already market leading performance of the conventional Ebusco 2.2, the Ebusco 3.0 has a revolutionary low consumption”, the Dutch bus builder states.

So, what is the impact of lower energy consumption? Ebusco adds: “Let us start with the consumption savings achieved by the 3.0. Looking at the average number of kilometers driven by the buses in Munich, we can say that the buses drive around 200km per day. 

Offset this against the energy prices of approximately €0.20 per kWh and the average lifecycle of 12 years, and every Ebusco 3.0 bus will result in €60,000 in energy savings. 
This means that if you would change a bus fleet of 100 buses from a Ebusco 2.2 to a Ebusco 3.0 model, you would save up to 6 million euros in operational costs“.

Ebusco adds -. "While we have been demanding too much of the earth’s resources in the last decades, the environment is suffering for it now. Contributing to improve our living environment can be done not by just buying an electric bus, but also by drastically reducing raw material consumption. While a consumption reduction of 0,35 kW per kilometer doesn’t sound like much, the impact, or rather the lack of it, is enormous and something we all need to consider”