Dutch Ebusco reveals lightweight electric articulated bus with 700 km range

The Dutch electric bus manufacturer Ebusco has revealed a new model for its zero-emissions line-up: the Ebusco 3.0 18-meter, an articulated bus made from composite materials. That keeps the weight very low and gives the bus an electric range of up to 700 km, with a passenger capacity of 150 people.

The main advantage of the Ebusco 3.0, which also comes in different sizes, is its composite body construction. It keeps the starting weight of the 18-meter bus down to 14,5 tons, which is even lower than a traditional articulated bus with a diesel engine.

Long range, roomy interior

The low weight of the Ebusco 3.0 18-meter gives it several perks, the first being efficiency. Two battery packs are available, with a capacity of ‘350+’ or ‘500+’ kWh, offering the bus a range of up to 700 km. That’s more than enough for the daily workload of a typical public transit bus, which means no charging stops are necessary.

Another advantage of the low weight is the lack of double axles, which saves space on the floor and gives a 90 cm aisle front to back.

The floor is also completely flat, which improves accessibility. The total capacity of the Ebusco 3.0 18-meter is 150 passengers.

The first Ebusco 3.0 18-meter articulated bus has been produced, with production ramping up in 2023 /Ebusco

To ensure the bus stays nice and warm during wintertime, Ebusco injects the composite side walls with insulation foam to prevent the heating system from working overtime.

Noise is, of course, less of an issue thanks to the near-silent drivetrain. Ebusco has already received several orders from European cities and is scaling up production of its articulated buses in 2023.

Ebusco already in Belgium

To recall, Ebusco already has a fleet of 12 buses driving around the Belgian city of Tienen thanks to a subcontractor of Flemish public transport company De Lijn.

These can be charged at the depot overnight thanks to a solar panel and Tesla Megapack combination. Belgian entrepreneur Marc Coucke has also invested in the company.

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