First electric long distance bus in Germany


FlixBus has introduced the first fully electric bus running the long-distance
in Germany. Starting this Thursday it serves four times a day between between Frankfurt and Mannheim, including stops at Frankfurt Airport and Heidelberg.

FlixBus introduced electric buses between Paris and Amiens as a regular service this spring (we reported). Yet, it is the first time the company offers zero emission travel in Germany. The route Frankfurt-Mannheim is manageable with a distance of 115 kilometres. The BYD C9 electric bus can go up to 320 miles sitting 40 passengers.

Still FlixBus sees this as a test. The electric bus will charge twice a day and at the depot overnight. In Mannheim the charging station is located at the central bus station, in Frankfurt the bus initially charges at a temporary charging station. The devices are equipped with two charging points each and, thanks to a cooperation with Greenpeace Energy, supply electricity from renewables at 40 kW.

FlixBus is a start-up from Munich that mainly serves as mobility provider. They outsource the operation of the routes mostly. Their all-electric train network called FlixTrain includes routes between Hamburg and Cologne as well as Berlin and Stuttgart. The trains will use energy from renewables as provided by Greenpeace exclusively next year.

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