Berlin is currently receiving new electronically operated vehicles for its huge bus network. The buses were already ordered in the past calendar year and will be produced by the Polish manufacturer Solaris.
The first e-bus of this order arrived already at the end of February, as a spokesman of the Berlin public transport company (BVG) confirmed at the request of the Berliner Morgenpost. The order volume comprises a total of 90 vehicles of the type, 20 of which will arrive in Berlin by early April and another 70 by the end of this year and, according to BVG, will be put into service immediately.
Currently, 31 purely electrically driven vehicles are in operation in the capital for BVG, 16 of which are Solaris vehicles and 15 are Mercedes Benz vehicles. By the end of 2020, the fleet of e-buses is expected to have been expanded to a total of 121 buses. In future, an E-bus will thus be used on six routes, as a BVG spokesman confirmed: "From the beginning of April, 80 per cent of passengers on the three new routes will encounter an E-bus.
By way of comparison, a total of around 40,000 buses are in daily use in Germany, of which slightly more than 830 are equipped with electric drive technology.
Virtually emission-free morning commute to work? Soon no more dreams of the future in Berlin.