Tallinna Linnatranspordi (TLT), the municipal transport company of the Estonian capital Tallinn, plans to switch completely to electric mobility by 2035. This, of course, also entails the purchase of around 650 to 700 battery electric buses, which will successively replace the natural gas and trolleybuses.
In addition to the announcement of the electrification plans, TLT and the state-owned energy group Eesti Energia also signed a cooperation agreement for the testing of electric buses in Tallinn and for the development of better charging solutions. According to the agreement, electric buses will be tested on up to two city bus routes and intelligent charging solutions will be created during the pilot project. There is also a plan to test bus lines suitable for electrification with ten electric buses.
The initiators are hoping for public funding, including from the Horizon 2020 programme. Almost a dozen e-buses might already arrive in Tallinn next year along with the charging infrastructure.