First standard 12 metre full electric bus for Brussels
Starting October 1st the Brussels’ public bus and tram company STIB/MIVB puts a first standard 12 metre electric BlueBus in use on line 13 from Simonis to the university hospital. Four more will follow during the month on the same line.
The bus, built by French BlueSolutions, has room for 68 passengers and is able to run on battery power for 16 hours. According to Brussels Mobility Minister, Pascal Smet (sp.a), the STIB/MIVB will use the next months to test which charging system suits best.
“There are two possibilities”, Smet said at the presentation on Tuesday. “Overnight charging or opportunity charging.” The latter is a method to give the buses an impulse charge on certain bus stops to enable the bus to continue.
With a price of 600.000 euro the electric bus is more expensive than a diesel bus, but the company counts on lower maintenance an operational costs. Although the goal is to go fully electric by 2030, 235 hybrid buses were still ordered in June.
In July MIVB/STIB inaugurated the new ‘full electric’ bus line 33, connecting the Brussels uptown and downtown, from Dansaert, over Grote Markt, to Louiza. The seven compact city midi-buses on the line were delivered by Polish Solaris. They have 22 seats and standing room for 20 passengers.
Solaris, which was recently bought by Spanish train and tram builder CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles), will also supply 25 electric articulated buses and build the charging stations for the transport net. The new buses will appear in the streets of Brussels from 2019 on.
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