The Mobility House has been selected by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to deploy its smart charging and energy management solution ChargePilot for New York City Transit (NYCT), the largest public bus fleet operator in the US. During the year-long pilot program, The Mobility House will manage charging for 27 charge... Read more →


The Wiener Linien transport company in Vienna, Austria has ordered 60 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro vehicles. The low-floor buses with zero local emissions will be delivered from next year until 2025. By the end of 2025, Wiener Linien will convert nine of its more than 100 routes to operation with the all-electric... Read more →


Solaris won a tender held by public transport operator Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne (MPK) in Cracow for the delivery of electric buses. At the end of October the carrier signed a contract with the manufacturer for the delivery of 18 articulated electric vehicles. The contract is worth more than PLN 98... Read more →


The Danish bus company Vikingbus has ordered 31 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro all-electric vehicles. In future, they will mainly be used in Køge, a harbor town south of the Danish capital Copenhagen in the east of the island of Sjӕlland. The regular service also includes trips to the municipality of Stevn, which... Read more →


Phoenix Motor, a manufacturer of all-electric, medium-duty vehicles, and Pegasus Specialty Vehicles, has formed a strategic partnership jointly to develop Type A electric school buses, targeted for the North American market. The agreement targets a minimum of 300 Type A school buses to be built within the next three years,... Read more →


The city of Poznań’s public transport operator MPK Poznań has purchased 25 hydrogen-fueled buses from Solaris Bus & Coach. The tender was for 15 vehicles, but the carrier exercised its option of extending the order by another 10 buses. The hydrogen units will join the fleet of MPK in the... Read more →


EPA awarding $965M to 389 school districts for clean school buses

The US Environmental Protection Agency, through its Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, is awarding nearly $1 billion to 389 school districts spanning 50 states, Washington, DC, and several Tribes and US territories. The funding will help school districts purchase more than 2,400 clean school buses that will accelerate the... Read more →


CARB announces $130M 2nd round for Volkswagen Mitigation zero-emission transit, school, and shuttle bus funding

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that the second installment of funding for the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Zero‑Emission Transit, School, and Shuttle Bus program is available. Applications for transit and shuttle bus funding continue to be accepted and applications for school bus funding is reopening. This solicitation is open... Read more →


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) mobilized a $135-million climate financing package for VinFast Trading and Production Joint Stock Company (VinFast) for manufacturing Vietnam’s first fully-electric public transport bus fleet and first national electric vehicle (EV) charging network. The assistance will support Vietnam’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and... Read more →


bp ventures has invested $6 million in all-electric ride-hailing business Freebee, a Miami-based company that provides free, on-demand transportation to local communities through their mobile app Ride Freebee. bp led the business’ $8-million Series A funding round, with support from Freebee’s current infrastructure capital partner, Tensile Mobility. Freebee’s free-to-the-user trips... Read more →


Thomas Built Buses (TBB), a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America and subsidiary of Daimler Truck North America (DTNA), announced the delivery of TBB’s 200th Proterra Powered Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school bus to Monroe County Public Schools in Indiana. Monroe became the first county in the state... Read more →


California has spent more than $1.2B on cleaning up school buses; additional $1.8B slated over next 5 years

A report published by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in consultation with the California Energy Commission (CEC), shows California investments to clean up old, polluting school buses have already exceeded $1.2 billion. The Legislature has appropriated an additional $1.8 billion over the next five years for zero-emission school buses... Read more →


BAE Systems, a leader in heavy-duty electric propulsion, will provide ElDorado National (California) or ENC, a subsidiary of REV Group, with its Gen3 product line solutions for ENC’s next-generation battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell transit buses. ENC’s Axess Battery Electric Bus (EVO-BE) and Axess Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus (EVO-FC)... Read more →


EPA nearly doubling Clean School Bus Rebates awards to $965M

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will nearly double the funding awarded for clean school buses this year following increased demand, with school districts from all 50 states applying for the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates during this first round of funding. In May, EPA had announced the availability of... Read more →


VIA Motors, a provider of electric drive technology and sustainable mobility solutions for a wide variety of Class 2 – 5 electric commercial vehicles applications, has received a purchase order for 2,000 Class 3 VIA electric cutaway chassis cabs from Pegasus Specialty Vehicles. Pegasus will leverage the flexibility of VIA’s... Read more →


At IAA Transportation 2022 in Hannover, BYD unveiled its new eBus Blade Platform—an electric bus chassis based on BYD’s Blade Battery technology—alongside an upgraded model in its eBus range, and also introduced two zero-emission eTrucks. BYD eBus Blade Platform uses the BYD Blade Battery. (Earlier post.) In the Blade Battery,... Read more →


Solaris unveiled its Urbino 18 hydrogen bus, the company’s second hydrogen bus in its zero-emission offering. Solaris’s new vehicle doesn’t feature a conventional engine compartment as it has been equipped with a modular drive system. The space thus saved allowed the bus maker to increase the vehicle’s passenger capacity. Also,... Read more →


ElDorado National (California) or ENC, a subsidiary of REV Group Inc. and a manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses and emission-free technology, announced that the next generation of its zero-emission products, Axess Battery Electric Bus (EVO-BE) and Axess Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus (EVO-FC), are now in development. Both buses utilize... Read more →


Alexander Dennis (ADL), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, is expanding its zero-emission bus portfolio with the addition of new electric bus products fully designed and integrated in-house using its own expertise. Available for customer delivery from late 2023, a new... Read more →


Foton Mobility and Transit Systems Australia announced the arrival of two hydrogen fuel cell buses. The hydrogen buses are equipped with the fuel cell system jointly developed by SinoHytec and Toyota. (Earlier post.) The hydrogen fuel cell buses have been added to Transit Systems growing green fleet of sustainable transport... Read more →


A new tool from the California Energy Commission (CEC) provides a snapshot of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles on the state’s road for the first time. Another displays information about companies with in-state zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) manufacturing operations. According to CEC staff analysis, there were 1,943 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles... Read more →


FTA announces $1.66B in low- and no-emission bus funding

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced $1.66 billion in grants to transit agencies, territories, and states across the US to invest in 150 bus fleets and facilities. More than 1,100 of those vehicles will use zero-emissions technology; this year’s funding will nearly double the number of no-emission transit... Read more →


California to receive more than $236M to support transit agencies’ transition to zero-emission buses

US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla (both D-Calif.) announced that 17 local governments and transit agencies will receive more than $236 million in grants from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to aid the transition to zero-emission buses. This funding comes from DOT’s Buses and Bus Facilities Program and Low... Read more →


The Kaohsiung City (Taiwan) government has teamed up with Taiwan-based Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) to work on projects such as smart electric buses and smart city development, with the aim of becoming an arena that offers a comprehensive business and service model to attract global manufacturers to invest in... Read more →


At Prawaas 3.0 in Hyderabad (India) earlier this month, Eberspaecher presented its new all-electric air-conditioning system AC135 AE, especially developed for hybrid and battery-electric driven buses in the Asia-Pacific region. Market forecasts show that by 2030, 40% of the bus fleet in India will consist of BEVs. In this context,... Read more →


Blue Bird Corporation will offer a factory-certified electric repower program on select gasoline- and propane-powered Blue Bird school buses. The company is collaborating with Lightning eMotors to develop this repower electric vehicle (EV) powertrain system. Blue Bird customers can future-proof their school bus fleet by purchasing gasoline- or propane-powered vehicles... Read more →


The Slovakian carrier Dopravný podnik Bratislava (DPB) has opted for four hydrogen buses to be manufactured and delivered by Solaris. This is the first order placed under a framework agreement. These buses will be the first hydrogen buses in Slovakia. According to a framework agreement concluded by DPB with the... Read more →


Moscow is now actively developing its charging infrastructure for electric buses. Currently there are 202 charging structure in the city; Moscow will install another 115 ultra-fast charging stations for electric buses. Ultra-fast charging stations for Moscow electric buses. The electric buses can be fully charged in 6-10 minutes—enough to ride... Read more →


Following completion of final UK testing, an electric bus developed by Equipmake and featuring the company’s electric powertrain is headed to Buenos Aires where it will begin in-service trials. Marking the first overseas on-road trial of an Equipmake-developed electric bus, the zero-emission single decker is set to start in-service running... Read more →


Sweden-based Nobina, the largest Public Transport Operator in the Nordic region, is buying 19 additional Ebusco 3.0 12-meter electric buses. The delivery of these buses is planned for mid-2023. This follow-up order from Nobina brings the number of Ebusco buses in the Nobina fleet to a total of 100. By... Read more →


Iveco Group , through its brand IVECO BUS, will partner with HTWO to equip its future European hydrogen-powered buses with world-leading fuel cell systems. HTWO, as a fuel cell system-based hydrogen business brand of Hyundai Motor Group, was first released in December 2020 with Hyundai’s strong commitment to hydrogen economy.... Read more →


Diesel is the predominant technology in commercial trucking, school, and transit bus sectors, according to the Diesel Technology Forum’s analysis of data sourced from S&P Global Mobility TIPNet data of vehicles in operation for Class 3-8 as of December 2021. This analysis found the following: Commercial Trucks: 76% of the... Read more →


The board of directors of Beglian transportation operator De Lijn has approved the implementation of an €11.2-million integrated charging and depot management system from German supplier PSI eBus. This software package will play a crucial role in steering the e-buses’ charging processes and all movements of all buses in their... Read more →


Three years ago, ESWE Verkehr in Wiesbaden placed its first major order for 56 all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city buses. In all, 120 electric buses have now been ordered. The 100th eCitaro from this overall package has now been delivered. The anniversary bus is an eCitaro as a two-door solo bus... Read more →


Moscow, which overall has the largest electric bus fleet in Europe (earlier post) has 8 separate bus fleets—all of them consisting of a mixture of e-buses and diesel buses. Now, the Russian capital is deploying its first all-electric bus fleet in the New Moscow district. The new fleet in the... Read more →


Volvo Group Venture Capital invests in Optibus, a software company for efficient sustainable bus operations

Volvo Group Venture Capital has invested in Optibus, a cloud-native, end-to-end software platform for public transportation planning and operations, to advance bus electrification and the digitalization of the public transportation industry. Using optimization algorithms, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing, Optibus develops and provides an all-in-one software platform for digitalizing and... Read more →


Beginning in 2025, MAN Truck & Bus will manufacture high-voltage batteries for electric trucks and buses in large-scale production at its Nuremberg site. To this end, the company will invest around €100 million over the next five years at its production site for combustion engines. Production capacities will be expanded... Read more →


Public transport operator AUVASA (Autobuses Urbanos de Valladolid) in Spain has signed a framework agreement with Irizar e-mobility that anticipates 30 Irizar ie tram model zero-emissions buses and associated charging infrastructure. Delivery of those units will be spread out over two years, with the first eleven units to be delivered... Read more →


Ricard, in partnership with Stagecoach North East, has repowered a diesel, double decker bus with a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system. Delivering zero tailpipe emissions, Ricardo is now seeking to secure customers to invest in the production of a fleet of passenger vehicles fit for the future of sustainable shared... Read more →


Enel X, Enel's subsidiary dedicated to innovative products and services, together with EV maker Arrival, have entered into a partnership to test the battery-electric bus in Italy. The aim is to foster the growth of electrified public transport globally through increasingly high-performance and competitive solutions. The tests will be carried... Read more →


Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) has ordered 120 double-deck battery-electric buses from Bamford Bus Company (trading as Wrightbus). These 120 buses are part of a framework agreement which provides for the procurement of up to 800 zero-emission battery-electric buses over a period of five years. The buses—Streetdeck Electroliner BEVs—will be... Read more →


MAN Truck & Bus will in future be offering an eBus chassis for the global market. The chassis is based on proven technologies from the Lion’s City E, which is already operating successfully in many European countries and for which a total of more than 1,000 orders have been received... Read more →


Van Hool, the Belgian manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, presented its first edition of a completely new range of 100% zero emission buses on the first day of Euro Mobility Expo 2022, an international trade show for public transport. The Van Hool A12 Battery Electric is the first... Read more →


Loop Energy, a designer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell solutions, will enter the promising Australian bus market as a supplier of fuel cell modules to Aluminium Revolutionary Chassis Company (ARCC), the developer and manufacturer of Australia’s first lightweight bolted aluminum city bus chassis. (Earlier post.) ARCC becomes Loop Energy’s... Read more →


Transit Systems VIC, part of Kelsian Group, Australia’s largest integrated marine, tourism and transport company, is adding two Australian-built hydrogen fuel cell buses to the fleet as part of the Victorian Government’s three-year Zero Emissions Bus Trial. While this is a first for Victoria, Transit Systems has successfully operated 10... Read more →


Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK), the public transport operator for Cologne, Germany, has ordered up to 100 hydrogen-powered fuel cell hybrid buses in the first phase of a procurement. This order was enabled by the recently announced funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV). RVK already has... Read more →


CATL to supply LFP batteries with Cell-to-Pack technology to Solaris

CATL will supply lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries equipped with novel Cell-to-Pack (CTP) technology to Solaris to power its bus models in a bid to facilitate bus electrification. CATL’s LFP battery system features exceptionally long battery life and high thermal stability. By removing the conventional module packaging, the CTP technology... Read more →


ElDorado National (California) or ENC, a subsidiary of REV Group, announced that its Axess Battery Electric Bus (BEB) successfully passed testing conducted by the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center (BRTC). The extensive testing looked at maintainability, reliability, safety, brake performance, structural integrity and durability, fuel/energy economy, noise, and emissions.... Read more →


Canada’s BC Transit to buy ten 40' Proterra electric buses and megawatt-scale fleet charger

BC Transit in British Columbia, Canada has approved a $20-million contract to purchase ten 40-foot Proterra ZX5 electric transit buses and one Proterra Energy megawatt-scale EV fleet charger as part of the agency’s transition to a fully electric bus fleet. The contract includes the option for BC Transit to acquire... Read more →