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buses start roaring from the stop, you verqualmen the air in residential areas, with Coarse and fine dust. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorists breathe in the exhaust gases, parents push their stroller through the pollutant plumes, and ask yourself: should he be of the environment friendly public transport? Why is it that only Cars with Diesel is a subject of discussion, but not the engines of the vehicles, positioning itself as a climate-friendly Alternative to private transport?

nationwide travel, around 80,000 buses, yet only about a 500 electric. Actually, this should change soon. Most of the cities are thinking about electric-powered buses. Some municipalities also start attacking in a clean future – such as Wiesbaden. Others despair at the problems and drive more business as usual: The Berlin transport companies by replacing their old Euro-3 Diesel buses, especially diesel buses. After all, Euro 6, and the new buses were not purchased, but leased. If Berlin would like to change but to electric drive. But what is the renewal inhibits? Why is the public so hesitant?

Three reasons can be identified: cost, supply, and infrastructure. To begin with the first: The purchase of an electric bus, similar to the passenger Cars, the purchase or lease almost twice as expensive as a comparable model with a combustion engine. Price drivers is and will remain for the foreseeable future, the battery pack, which accounts for about half the cost. The electric motors are produce in comparison to Diesel engines even easier and cheaper. Also, the daily operation may be due to lower energy and maintenance cost are calculated. However, the initial investment many transport companies scares. You need to be responsible for the balance, finally, in front of the municipality and the taxpayers.

Good batteries from China

The second reason for the offer: Who you are building, the electrical buses? “The Chinese” is the usual reply. So, Flixbus, to clarify, the first long-distance bus companies, in part, electr, and so the transition of a whole industry could drive, buses from Yutong and BYD from China. test BYD had originally started out as a battery manufacturer. The electricity storage are considered to be State-of-the-art. the company has little experience with the construction of buses intended to operate at all times of the year in Central Europe.

With the Polish manufacturer Solaris, at least there’s a strong European suppliers. The German groups Daimler and MAN have long hesitated with the entry; after all, there are now the first prototypes. Daimler is the current version of the Citaro in the sample mode. With a good 200 kilometres, he is not, of course, for all of the cities in question. However, there is still a secret favorite, can also provide.

Heuliez, a French manufacturer that got in Munich, a prize awarded for its electric bus. Had loaded the car club KS, which recognizes particularly innovative technologies.