Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB has ordered 70 articulated electric buses from EvoBus GmbH, a German bus and coach manufacturer and a subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, headquartered in Stuttgart (Germany). That is what MIVB/STIB announced on Tuesday. Belgian factories of Van Hool and VDL Roeselare missing the bus in this case…
The buses will be assigned to lines 46 (Pannenhuis – Moortebeek), 53 (Military Hospital – Westland Shopping Center), 87 (Simonis-Beekkant), and 89 (Central Station – Westland Shopping Center). Delivery of the first vehicles is scheduled for January 2024.
Tests and training
As soon as the first buses will arrive, they will be tested and used to train the driving staff. It will allow MIVB/STIB to ask EvoBus for any adjustments before the rest of the order is delivered.
To supply the vehicles with electricity, STIB will equip its depots and terminals with battery charging stations. The public transport company already obtained permission to develop several electric terminals.
Today, MIVB/STIB has 37 electric vehicles riding in Brussels. With the new order, there will be more than a hundred. The first electric buses arrived in the Belgian capital in 2018 and 2020.
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