Ebusco has signed a contract with new customer Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (ViP) for 10 Ebusco 3.0 12-metre buses and 13 Ebusco 3.0 18-metre buses. Ebusco and ViP have together shaped an infrastructure based on pantograph charging. Therefore, this will be the first time Ebusco will apply a pantograph to the 3.0 model. The buses are scheduled to commence service in 2025 and will operate in the Potsdam area.
ViP manages a fleet of 59 buses and transports over 30 million passengers annually. Stadtwerke Potsdam and ViP have committed to a gradual reduction of the 5,000 tons of CO2 emissions resulting from bus transportation, with the goal of achieving emission-free operation by 2031. To accomplish this goal, the first step has now been taken by placing this order of 23 Ebusco 3.0 buses. Bettina Biffi and Uwe Loeschmann, Managing Directors of Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam, comments: “This first order represents a significant step on our way to an emission-free fleet. The order for 23 electric buses is
our targeted step towards continuing to offer environmentally friendly public transport in Potsdam.” The 12-metre buses will feature a low floor, three doors, and will be powered by a battery pack exceeding 350 kWh. The 18-metre buses will be equipped with four doors and a battery pack surpassing 500 kWh. Patrick Oosterveld, Sales Director of Ebusco comments: “Through collaborative efforts with ViP, we’ve devised a solution that seamlessly enables their transition to an all-electric operation, and we eagerly anticipate the positive impact of this transition.”