Thirty electric buses are now travelling roads across Hamburg after Hochbahn put the first production-ready electric bus into operation almost a year ago, a press release said Wednesday (October 30, 2019). The entire fleet is to be converted to emission-free drives by 2030. Hochbahn and the Swedish e-scooter provider Voi have drawn a positive interim balance with around 20,000 trips. Electric scooters have been used as a supplementary transport solution* in Berne and Poppenbüttel since July 2019. The business area has been expanded and the fleet increased to 100 electric scooters.
Emission-free drives up to 2030
Henrik Falk, CEO of Hochbahn, spoke of a “breakthrough to zero-emission bus operations in Hamburg”. More than 200,000 kilometres have already been covered without emissions. “We were able to open the first depot in Alsterdorf geared entirely to emission-free drives in spring. Now, we can also tick off the first orders for vehicles and take the next steps,” Falk added. Another 30 electric buses are to go into operation in 2020. The vehicles with a range of 200 kilometres guarantee around 50 kilometres more than the 2019 generation. Hochbahn intends to purchase up to 530 more emission-free buses by 2025. Hochbahn is relying on battery and fuel cell technology to convert the entire fleet to emission-free propulsion systems.
Voi’s e-scooters for the first and last mile
More than 200,000 trips – twice as many as expected – were undertaken with 60 Voi e-scooters in the pilot area over a three-month period, according to Hochbahn. The scooters are used most frequently on weekdays between 4 pm and 8 pm. Four out of five people use the e-scooters for commuting to and from the station. Effective immediately, the fleet of electric scooters will be increased to 100 vehicles and the business area expanded to include the postcode areas 22395 and 22399. The pilot project lasts until the end of 2019 and may continue in 2020.