In-der-City-Bus GmbH (ICB), the public transport operator in Frankfurt am Main, has placed an order for 9 Solaris Urbino 18 articulated hydrogen buses. There are already 23 hydrogen-powered Solaris buses running in the city, supplied in 2022 and 2024. Deliveries of the articulated buses from the latest order are scheduled... Read more →

Ballard announces largest order in company history: 1,000 fuel cell engines for Solaris

Ballard Power Systems has signed a Long Term Supply Agreement (LTSA) with its customer Solaris Bus & Coach for the supply of 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell engines through 2027 for the European transit bus market. The LTSA consolidates existing orders for approximately 300 fuel cell engines, while adding after-market and... Read more →

Volvo Buses is extending its European electromobility offer to include operations outside and between cities. The new Volvo 8900 Electric is an electric low-entry bus for city, intercity, and commuter operations. The Volvo 8900 Electric is built on the all-new Volvo BZR Electric chassis—a platform based on a Volvo Group... Read more →

Cologne puts in 4th order for hydrogen Solaris buses, bringing hydrogen fleet total to 84

The public transport operator in Cologne, Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK), has once again chosen Solaris as the supplier of hydrogen-powered buses. Nine of the buses are Urbino 12 hydrogen buses with a length of 12 meters, while eleven are articulated Urbino 18 hydrogen buses. After the order is fulfilled, the... Read more →

Daimler Truck marks 1,000th delivery of Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school bus

Daimler Truck has delivered 1,000 Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school buses in the North American market. The Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley, the electric school bus model in the Thomas Built Buses product portfolio, was unveiled in 2017. The 1,000th Jouley Bus, part of a larger order, goes to the Meriwether County... Read more →

GILLIG to supply King County Metro with up to 395 battery electric buses

Under a new five-year contract, GILLIG will supply King County Metro with an initial order of 89 GILLIG Low Floor Battery Electric buses as well as the option to additionally purchase up to 306 of the zero-emission vehicles. The order marks the first procurement of GILLIG Battery Electric Buses for... Read more →

Solaris to supply 22 Urbino 12 hydrogen buses to Île-de-France Mobilités

With the support of the CATP (Centrale d’Achat du Transport Public), Île-de-France Mobilités launched a tender for the purchase and maintenance of 22 hydrogen buses. The aim is to evaluate the potential of hydrogen technology for the region’s public transport system. Solaris Bus & Coach has now been selected to... Read more →

GILLIG delivered the first 35 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to Albuquerque’s ABQ RIDE, with an additional 18 scheduled for mid-2024. This inaugural purchase marks a major transition for the agency as they replace old diesel-hybrid buses with new, eco-friendly, and cost-effective GILLIG buses. These buses are designed to provide... Read more →

Motiv Power Systems completes Altoona testing with highest score for medium-duty electric bus in 7 year or higher service-life category

Motiv Power Systems announced that its electric shuttle bus built in partnership with Turtle Top and Davey Coach has successfully completed the Federal Transit Authority’s (FTA) Bus Test Program in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Motiv’s shuttle bus performed well across all categories, and received an overall score of 89.1 on a 100... Read more →

CALSTART has released this year’s Zeroing in on ZEBs, an annual report funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The report provides an updated index of newly adopted transit zero-emission buses (ZEBs) that have been funded, ordered, delivered, and/or deployed within the United States and Canada according to data collected... Read more →

At mobility move 2024, the electric bus conference with associated trade fair of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), held from 5- 7 March in Berlin, bus manufacturer Daimler Buses will be presenting for the first time a Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G fuel cell—an electric articulated bus with a hydrogen... Read more →

GILLIG, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the US, announced that GERCO LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, has acquired select assets from Lightning eMotors and Lightning Systems through a receivership sale, and has hired a number of former engineering employees of Lightning. In line with this... Read more →

NREL announces $5M Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) program

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the $5-million Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) program; the CBPA is funded by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office). Managed by NREL, the CBPA program provides free technical assistance to create comprehensive and customized bus electrification plans for school... Read more →

HEULIEZ, the urban bus brand of Iveco Group has been selected by Régie des Transports Métropolitains (RTM, the public transport operator of Marseille) to supply 200 electric buses, with a contract worth €125 million. This significant order marks a major step forward in the large-scale electrification of Marseille’s public transport... Read more →

Galați, Romania buying 40 Solaris e-buses

The authorities of the city of Galați, Romania, selected Solaris as the supplier of 40 modern electric buses through a tender procedure. Solaris will deliver 20 battery buses in a 9-meter version and another 20 with a length of 12 meters. The e-buses will be equipped with both plug-in charging... Read more →

German transport operator LNVG contracts for 23 Solaris hydrogen buses

Solaris Bus & Coach and public transport operator Lokale Nahverkehrsgesellschaft mbH (LNVG) in the District of Groß-Gerau signed a contract for the supply of 15 Urbino 12 hydrogen units and 8 articulated Urbino 18 hydrogen buses. This is the first order placed by this carrier with Solaris. The hydrogen buses... Read more →

Solaris has signed a contract with German operator Ruhrbahn GmbH to supply 19 hydrogen-powered buses to Essen. The vehicles are scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 2025, marking the first presence of Solaris buses on the streets of Essen. The order includes the delivery of nine Urbino 12 hydrogen models... Read more →

IVECO BUS has won a €300-million contract to supply 411 E-WAY units to ATAC S.p.A—Azienda per la mobilità, the public transport company of Italy’s capital city. With these E-WAY units, Rome’s public transport company will have the largest fleet of IVECO BUS electric buses operating in the country. The delivery... Read more →

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) ordered a record 180 electric, zero-emission school buses from Blue Bird Corporation, including 150 All American and 30 Vision model buses. The order is the single largest order of electric school buses from a school district in Blue Bird’s history. Blue Bird All American... Read more →

Siemens acquires Heliox, specialist in eBus and eTruck fast charging solutions

Siemens AG has completed the acquisition of Heliox, a provider of DC fast charging solutions, serving eBus and eTruck fleets and passenger vehicles. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Heliox employs approximately 330 people. The acquisition complements Siemens’ existing eMobility charging portfolio, adding products and solutions ranging from 40 kW to megawatt... Read more →

The Italian operator AMT Genova (Azienda Mobilità e Trasporti SpA) has ordered 112 articulated Solaris Trollino 18 trolleybuses—one of the largest single order for articulated trolleybuses to date for the manufacturer. The contract's value exceeds €100 million. In addition to traditional electric propulsion, the trolleybuses for Genoa will also be... Read more →

Rheinbahn Düsseldorf orders 10 Solaris hydrogen buses

The German operator Rheinbahn Düsseldorf has ordered 10 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses. The manufacturer will deliver the vehicles to Düsseldorf in 2025. The city has set itself the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2035. The city has been implementing its strategy by adding both battery-electric and hydrogen-powered units... Read more →

The US Environmental Protection Agency selected 67 applicants to receive nearly $1 billion through EPA’s first Clean School Bus Program Grants Competition. The awards will help selectees purchase more than 2,700 clean school buses in 280 school districts serving more than 7 million students across 37 states. Areas receiving the... Read more →

Turkey-based TEMSA, a coach, bus, and light-truck manufacturer operating in 70 countries worldwide, is partnering with Minespider to collect key data, integrate Battery Passports and comply with the new EU Battery Regulation. Minespider is a technology company offering a blockchain-based platform for tracking supply chain data and creating more sustainable... Read more →

The board of De Lijn, the public transport authority and operator in Flanders, Belgium, has approved the purchase of 92 standard (12 m) electric buses from BYD Europe.The order represents an investment of more than €43 million. This order of 92 standard e-buses follows the awarding by De Lijn’s board... Read more →

Ballard Power Systems signed a new Long-Term Supply Agreement (LTSA) with NFI Group Inc., a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in electric mass mobility solutions in North America and Europe. The agreement marks a new phase in the established partnership between Ballard and NFI, focused on... Read more →

Metro Vancouver diesel buses transitioning to renewable diesel

In Canada, Vancounver’s TransLink is introducing renewable diesel into its bus fleet as a cleaner fuel option, in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a low-carbon fuel, renewable diesel offers up to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil fuel diesel. The Surrey Transit... Read more →

The transport company EMT Madrid has ordered 20 low-entry Urbino 9 LE electric buses and 30 Urbino 12 electric buses. Deliveries will be completed by the end of July 2024. EMT Madrid already has 250 Urbino 12 CNG buses and 60 Urbino 12 electric buses in its fleet. With the... Read more →

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Berlin’s public transport company, has placed an order for 50 Solaris Urbino 18 electric buses. The buses will be delivered in 2024 and 2025. The order can be extended by up to a further 650 articulated e-buses. The contract was awarded as part of a framework agreement,... Read more →

The California Energy Commission (CEC), through its Clean Transportation Program, has granted a $2.9-million award to a project team led by The Mobility House to implement 12 bidirectional chargers at four California school locations. The project, termed “Replicable V2X Deployment For Schools (RVXDS),” will utilize school bus fleets to mitigate... Read more →

Solaris to supply 105 electric buses to Milan

Solaris Bus & Coach has secured another contract to supply electric vehicles to Milan. This time, the Italian city will receive 105 Urbino 18 electric buses. Consequently, the public transport operator ATM Milano has become one of the largest recipients of zero-emission buses featuring the Solaris brand. The delivery of... Read more →

IVECO BUS, the urban, intercity and tourist bus brand of Iveco Group N.V., has signed a contract to supply 153 new electric buses to Azienda Trasporti Milanesi S.p.A. (ATM), Milan‘s public transport company. The E-WAY model selected by ATM is a night-time charging version equipped with the latest NMC battery... Read more →

BC Hydro announces vehicle-to-grid pilot project for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

BC Hydro announced Canada’s first vehicle-to-grid pilot project for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The bidirectional charging trial project for medium-sized vehicles such as buses, and heavy-duty vehicles like transport trucks, is the first of its kind in the province, and the country. BC Hydro is working with testing and research... Read more →

Solaris has delivered 7 Urbino 9 LE low-entry electric buses to the German city of Erlangen. This marks the first order from Germany for the brand’s shortest model. This bus can also be used on suburban routes, providing flexibility to operators in managing their bus lines. The buses are powered... Read more →

Irizar e-mobility is diving into the international market and will supply 32 100% electric zero-emissions buses to the state of Yucatán in Mexico. The first units will be put into operation on 30 December in the Va-y-Ven public transport system. The route will be 100% electric, unique in Latin American... Read more →

Solaris Bus & Coach and the Warsaw Public Transport Authority (ZTM) signed a contract for the delivery of 12 articulated Urbino 18 electric buses in 2024-2025, adding to the existing fleet of 150 electric buses from Solaris already serving the public transport network in the capital of Poland since 2015.... Read more →

School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation and Generate Capital, a sustainable investment and operating company, have formed a joint venture (JV) named Clean Bus Solutions, LLC to meet the increasing demand for electric school buses and accelerate the adoption of clean transportation of students in North America. The joint venture’s... Read more →

LG Energy Solution and Impact Clean Power Technology sign multi-year NCM battery module supply agreement for electric buses in Europe

LG Energy Solution and Impact Clean Power Technology (ICPT), a supplier of heavy-duty battery systems for public transportation, signed a supply agreement for NCM lithium-ion battery modules. Over the next three years, LG Energy Solution will deliver around 200,000 units of battery modules manufactured at its Wroclaw plant in Poland... Read more →

IVECO BUS, the urban, intercity and tourist bus brand of Iveco Group N.V., won a significant tender to supply 140 electric buses to QBUZZ, the public transport operator in the Zuid-Holland Noord (ZHN) concession area in the Netherlands. Starting from December 2024, QBUZZ will operate 102 CROSSWAY Low Entry ELEC... Read more →

$100M in New York Environmental Bond Act Funding now available for zero-emission school buses

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $100 million is now available for zero-emission school buses under the $4.2-billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. The New York School Bus Incentive Program (NYSBIP) provides funding to make clean buses and the associated charging infrastructure more... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz has delivered the first 3 of 48 fully electric eCitaro articulated buses with a 60 kW fuel cell as range extender to Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv). The buses offer a range of up to 400 kilometers and will be in use in urban traffic throughout the cities of Mannheim and... Read more →

The city of Wałbrzych, Poland, has contracted for 20 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses, including an option to purchase an additional 25 vehicles. The first 14 units will be delivered to Wałbrzych in September next year. The contract is to be completed by the end of July 2025. The vehicles... Read more →

GreenPower Motor Company announced orders for 35 Type D all-electric, purpose-built school buses for the California market. (Earlier post.) GreenPower received the orders from its exclusive California dealer Model 1 (formerly Creative Bus Sales) for 25 of the newly introduced Mega BEAST school buses for the Montebello School District and... Read more →

Impact Clean Power Technology has unveiled battery systems tailored to the next generation of Alexander Dennis buses—the Enviro100EV and the double-decker Enviro400EV. Production of both vehicle types has already commenced, with deliveries to customers in the UK and Ireland planned for the early months of 2024. In response to our... Read more →

GreenPower Motor Company unveiled the Mega BEAST. This newest version of GreenPower’s all-electric Type D school bus provides double the range with the same functionality as GreenPower’s BEAST all-electric school bus. GreenPower’s Mega BEAST is a 40-foot Type D all-electric, purpose-built, zero-emission school bus that delivers a class-leading range of... Read more →

Blue Bird Corporation, the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, has delivered its 1,500th electric, zero-emission school bus marking an industry-leading milestone. Modesto City Schools in California received Blue Bird’s 1500th electric vehicle (EV) to help the district transition its school bus fleet to clean student transportation and further... Read more →

Krefeld, Germany’s public transport operator, SWK Mobil Krefeld, is purchasing 10 Urbino 12 hydrogen buses from Solaris. The first three of these Solaris buses will be delivered to the city of Krefeld in western Germany by the end of 2024, with the remaining seven scheduled for delivery by May 2025.... Read more →

Germany-based bus operator West Verkehr has ordered a fleet of 12 Wrightbus Kite Hydroliners after a Europe-wide tender process. The single-deck hydrogen buses will be rolled out across the town of Geilenkirchen. The Kite has a range of up to 640 miles and can carry up to 90 passengers. The... Read more →

The Swedish public transport operator Nobina Stockholm has ordered 55 Urbino 15 LE electric buses. The vehicles will be put into operation on suburban routes in the Stockholm region. Deliveries are scheduled for 2024. The Urbino 15 LE electric buses are low-entry, tri-axle electric vehicles that can be used both... Read more →

BYD introduced new 40' blade battery electric bus chassis and 45' electric intercity coach at Busworld

BYD introduced two new eBus innovations at Busworld 2023 held at Brussels Expo, Belgium. The BYD 40-foot B12 eBus brings a new generation of integrated chassis technology to public transport operators in Europe. In addition, and making its world premiere at the BYD stand, is the 45-foot customizable pure-electric intercity... Read more →