Ebusco scores huge e-bus order from Deutsche Bahn
Ebusco has been awarded a framework contract with German rail services, Deutsche Bahn. The electric bus manufacturer is to become the main supplier of zero-emission buses in the period 2023 to 2024, with an option for two more years.
As part of the agreement, Ebusco has agreed to a call-off contract for around 260 Ebusco buses. However, Ebusco revealed that this will only come into effect if Deutsche Bahn receives the corresponding concessions in the period 2023-2026.
The maximum order volume agreed in the framework contract is up to 800 electric buses over the entire contract period. The Dutch company sees the agreement as an important step “to strengthen Ebusco’s presence in the strategically important German market”. Deutsche Bahn plans to put the vehicles into operation at several transport companies throughout Germany.
Deutsche Bahn already has experience with Ebusco vehicles: Regionalverkehr Oberbayern (RVO) has been using four of the manufacturer’s electric buses as scheduled on routes in the Bavarian district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen since April 2021.
The Ebusco electric buses are mainly on the road in the Netherlands and Scandinavia, but they are also either in use or planned in a number of cities in Germany. Well-known public transport operators with Ebusco electric buses include Stadtwerke München, but the manufacturer’s vehicles are also on the road in Frankfurt am Main.
Ebusco also recently received new orders from Germany and Denmark: Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs-GmbH (SWEG) ordered ten electric solo buses and ten charging units. The vehicles are to be used in the state of Baden-Württemberg. In addition, 90 Ebusco 2.2 are to be delivered to Berlin’s public transport provider BVG in the German capital this year.
The Dutch company is also active in the field of zero-emission inland transport on waterways. In March, the company announced that it had acquired 40 per cent of the share capital of Zero Emission Services (ZES) from Engie. Together, Ebusco and ZES want to increase their influence on the maritime sector.