EPA announces availability of $500M for second round of Clean School Bus rebates

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcedthe availability of at least $500 million in funding from the Clean School Bus rebate competition. This second round of funding will build on the previous nearly $1 billion investment. (Earlier post.) EPA’s Clean School Bus Program was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,... Read more →

$100M available for zero-emission school buses in NY

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $100 million will be made available on a statewide basis for zero-emission school buses in the first round of funding available for these buses under the $4.2-billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. By utilizing this funding, school... Read more →

IVECO BUS inaugurates E-BENCH testing facility

IVECO BUS officially inaugurated its new testing and validation facility, called E-BENCH, located in the R&D center in Vénissieux, the global headquarters of Iveco Group's bus and coach activities. Extremely versatile, E-BENCH allows testing of both individual components and complete vehicles in real driving conditions, simulating all types of missions... Read more →

Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District’s (METRO) Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase of 57 New Flyer hydrogen-powered, fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs). This procurement will be the largest acquisition of FCEBs yet in North America. METRO expects to start taking delivery of the 57 new FCEBs in late 2024,... Read more →

BYD | RIDE delivered two K7M 30' battery-electric buses to the City of Burlington in North Carolina to serve the passengers of its Link Transit Fleet. The zero-emission BYD | RIDE buses will be utilized in Burlington’s public transit system, Link, which has five routes covering Burlington, Gibsonville, Elon, and... Read more →

Venice orders 90 Solaris hydrogen buses

The transport company Azienda Veneziana della Mobilita has ordered a total of 90 hydrogen Solaris buses, with 75 of them being the 12-meter version and 15 being articulated Urbino 18 buses. The contract also includes an option to increase the order quantity. According to the agreement, these vehicles will be... Read more →

The municipal public transport operator TPER in the city of Bologna is going to purchase 130 hydrogen buses from Solaris. The delivery will encompass 127 units of 12-meter Urbino 12 hydrogen buses for TPER Bologna and 3 units for TPER Ferrara. The carrier shall also have the right to extend... Read more →

Audi of America and Navistar are demonstrating the role direct communication via Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology can play to provide potentially life-saving safety technology for the 26 million children riding school buses every day in the United States. C-V2X technology offers the potential to unlock the next substantial... Read more →

Cologne ordering 18 more Solaris hydrogen buses; brings hydrogen fleet to 53 units

Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK) has announced its third order for Solaris hydrogen buses. With a current fleet of 35 hydrogen Solaris buses, RVK will further enhance its green initiative by adding 18 more hydrogen e-buses in an articulated version. The selected model, Urbino 18 hydrogen, will feature advanced driver assistance... Read more →

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has added two hydrogen fuel cell electric buses to its fleet. This technology is the first of its kind in Nevada, and the buses are the first hydrogen fuel cell electric buses to be operational statewide. The hydrogen buses were funded with... Read more →

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be receiving more than 90 GILLIG electric hybrid buses equipped with Vanner’s Increase Accessory Power 2 (IAP2). IAP2 will provide total accessory electrification, powering air conditioning, air compressor, electric fans and all 12V/24V loads. Vanner’s IAP2 provides 100% of the accessory electrification for... Read more →

Proterra files for Chapter 11

Proterra has voluntarily filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware in an effort to strengthen its financial position through a recapitalization or going-concern sale. As a result of the filing, Proterra cancelled its scheduled earnings conference call on Wednesday. Proterra said... Read more →

Equipmake is partnering with South Wales bus service provider Newport Transport in a fleet deal that will see eight of the operator’s double deck buses repowered with Equipmake’s state-of-the-art electric drivetrain technology. Operating throughout the city and surrounding areas of Newport, South Wales, the transport operator currently has 49 electric... Read more →

Loop Energy scores second win in S Korea to supply fuel cells for hydrogen electric bus platform

Loop Energy announced that its value-added distributor in South Korea—NGVI Inc.—secured a supply contract for a hydrogen electric bus project with a second municipality in the country, this time with the county of Ulju. This marks Loop Energy’s second design win in South Korea in less than one year. (Earlier... Read more →

Governments of Canada and British Columbia jointly investing $395.5M in electrification of public transit in BC

The governments of Canada and British Columbia will jointly invest more than $395.5 million to support public transit in British Columbia. Through this investment, BC Transit will purchase up to 115 Battery Electric Buses (BEBs) and install 134 charging points to enable the deployment of the new buses in communities... Read more →

Duisburg orders 25 Solaris hydrogen buses

The public transport operator in the German city of Duisburg has chosen Solaris for the delivery of 25 Urbino hydrogen buses—11 of the 12-meter version and 14 articulated, 18-meter vehicles. This marks the first step for Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft AG (DVG) in its hourney to transform its fleet to completely emission-free... Read more →

Blue Bird Corporation is premiering its next-generation Vision electric school bus at STN Expo West, a student transportation industry and technology event in North America. The zero-emission vehicle will be on display for the first time from 14-19 July 2023, inside the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada. The Vision vehicle... Read more →

Moscow has opened the second high-tech electric bus depot in the Mitino district in the northwest of Moscow. The new electric bus depot is more than 9.4 hectares in area—enough for the support of up to 300 electric buses. The depot will serve 23 electric bus routes in Northwest Administrative... Read more →

Daimler Buses delivers at least 95 eCitaro buses and e-infrastructure as a complete turnkey system to The Hague

Daimler Buses will deliver at least 95 battery-electric solo and articulated Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and eCitaro G city buses to the city of The Hague together with the e-infrastructure required for operation by 2024. The Hague is not only the third largest city in the Netherlands, it is also the parliamentary... Read more →

Solaris has fulfilled another contract for the delivery of electric buses to MPK Kraków, Poland, comprising 20 units of the Urbino electric, including 13 twelve-meter vehicles, and 7 articulated vehicles. The total value of the contract concluded as a result of a tender, stands at almost €16 million. The investment... Read more →

Applications are now available for $150 million allocated in the state budget to support California public school districts in their efforts to transition toward zero-emission bus technology and help pay for related infrastructure needs. The effort is a collaboration between the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy... Read more →

Sardinia orders 98 more Solaris electric buses

Consip S.p.A. Roma, the central purchasing agency in Italy, has placed an order for 98 Solaris electric buses. Among them, 80 are Urbino 12 electric models, and 18 are articulated buses. The vehicles will be delivered to CTM Cagliari, the company managing urban transport in the capital of Sardinia, in... Read more →

FTA announces $1.7B for 130 transit projects; nearly half for zero-emission models

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced 130 awards totaling nearly $1.7 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for transit projects in 46 states and territories. This funding invests in more than 1,700 US-built buses; nearly half of these buses will be zero-emission models, bringing the total... Read more →

Volvo Group’s Nova Bus is ending bus production in the US market; the company has decided to close its Plattsburgh manufacturing and delivery facility by 2025. Production in North America will be in its Canadian facilities located in Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac (Québec) and Nova Bus will continue its successful Canadian... Read more →

More than 1,000 units of the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro low-floor electric bus have rolled off the production line in Mannheim in the nearly five years since its start of series production at the end of 2018. The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro combines the tried and tested platform of the best-selling Mercedes-Benz city bus... Read more →

ABB E-mobility announced details of its new HVC360 fleet charging solution. While the growing number of public charging points is excellent news for EV drivers, these alone do not meet the needs of electric fleets. Despite comprising just 4% of vehicles, buses and trucks contribute 40% of global transport emissions,... Read more →

ElDorado National (ENC), a subsidiary of REV Group, secured an order for 19 Axess EVO-FC hydrogen fuel cell buses from California public transit provider Foothill Transit. Foothill Transit currently operates a fleet of 359 buses, which includes zero-emission models, and serves Southern California’s San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, including Pasadena... Read more →

At Global Public Transport Summit (GPTS) 2023 from 4 to 7 June 2023, Daimler Buses will be showcasing the first series-production electric bus with fuel cell as a range extender: the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro fuel cell. (Earlier post.) The new, zero-emissions regular-service bus combines high range with high passenger capacity. In... Read more →

SUE Mosgortrans has started testing GAZelle e-City electric minibuses, produced by Russia’s GAZ. (The e-City is based on GAZ’s diesel-powered City minibus.) The electric bus accommodates 16 passengers, 13 of them with seats. The tests of the electric minibus will last until the end of February 2024. Such minibuses are... Read more →

Bremer Strassenbahn AG (BSAG) has ordered 35 all-electric eCitaro G low-floor articulated buses from Mercedes-Benz with the latest NMC 3 (NMC: lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt-oxide) battery technology. These buses will join the 20 eCitaro solo buses that have been driving on the streets of Bremen since 2022. The vehicles will be gradually rolled... Read more →

Bramble Energy, an innovator in fuel cell technology, has joined forces with Equipmake, Aeristech and the University of Bath to develop a new hydrogen double-deck bus integrating Bramble’s low-cost printed circuit board fuel cell (PCBFC) technology. (Earlier post.) Bramble Energy is the lead partner of the Hydrogen Electric Integrated Drivetrain... Read more →

Collins Bus, a subsidiary of REV Group, and an industry leader in manufacturing Type A School Buses, Multi-Function School Activity Buses (MFSAB), childcare buses and electric/alternative fuel buses announced that its zero-emissions Ford E-Transit Type A School Bus is available to order. E-Transit is the first Type A School Bus... Read more →

Güstrow-based carrier Rebus Regionalbus Rostock in Germany has ordered 52 Solaris Urbino hydrogen buses, including five articulated models. This is so far Solaris’ largest single order for vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cell. The contract is to be completed by the end of 2024. According to the regional government, public... Read more →

Iveco Group inaugurates its new zero- and low-emission bus plant in Foggia

IVECO BUS, the urban, intercity and tourism bus brand of Iveco Group N.V., inaugurated its new Foggia plant dedicated to the production of zero- and low-emission buses. The production volume of the plant will be 1,000 vehicles per year: high-tech buses with zero-emission propulsion (battery-electric and hydrogen-electric) and low-emission propulsion... Read more →

Proterra launches cloud-based EV fleet charging software platform with Delaware Transit Corporation

Proterra announced the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), operator of DART transit services, as its first customer to operate Proterra’s new fully-integrated fleet and energy management software platform, Valence. Valence is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform designed to optimize commercial electric vehicle fleet deployments. Valence provides a comprehensive suite of solutions to... Read more →

Study finds that replacing older, highly polluting school buses could lead to 1.3 million fewer daily absences annually

Replacing all of the oldest, highly polluting school buses in the US could lead to 1.3 million fewer daily absences annually, according to a University of Michigan study. The suspected cause of these preventable absences is exposure to high levels of diesel exhaust fumes, which can leak into school bus... Read more →

South Carolina to deploy 160 Proterra Powered electric school buses from Thomas Built Buses over the next year

The South Carolina Department of Education will deploy 160 Thomas Built Buses (TBB) electric school buses in school districts across the state over the next year, under a new procurement finalized this month between the Department of Education and Thomas Built Buses dealer Interstate Transportation. The Department of Education’s purchase... Read more →

The city of Moscow has signed a contract for 1,000 electric buses from KAMAZ. There are also plans to purchase another 200 electric buses from GAZ Group, said Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport. The vehicles will come to the capital over the next 2 years. Moscow... Read more →

Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) is ordering up to 100 electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus. VHH also recently ordered 95 Mercedes-Benz Citaro E electric buses, with an option for 155 more. (Earlier post.) VHH has already called for the first 48 eBuses from the new framework agreement with MAN.... Read more →

Public transport provider Verkehrsbetriebe-Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) has ordered 95 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro/eCitaro G buses. The first of the fully electrically powered and locally emission-free buses is expected to be delivered by the end of this year, while the other vehicles will be delivered in the first half of 2024. In addition,... Read more →

Volvo Buses is changing its business model in Europe and will apply the same successful model as it has in several other markets. This means that Volvo Buses will focus its production on chassis and together with external bodybuilders offer customers in Europe a complete range of city and intercity... Read more →

The German carrier Stadtwerke Aschaffenburg Verkehrs GmbH has opted for 12 Solaris hydrogen buses: 10 Urbino 12 hydrogen and 2 Urbino 18 hydrogen units. This is Solaris’s first order for the 18-meter hydrogen-powered buses that were launched in autumn last year. (Earlier post.) The ordered buses will roll out onto... Read more →

IVECO BUS, a brand of Iveco Group N.V., has been awarded a public tender for the supply of 120 E-WAY full electric city buses for Autoguidovie Group, the largest Italian privately owned local public transport company. Available both in standard and articulated versions (9.5, 10.7, 12 and 18 meters), E-WAY... Read more →

European Commission proposes 2030 ZEV target for new city buses, 90% CO2 reductions for new heavy trucks by 2040

The European Commission has proposed new CO2 emissions targets for new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) from 2030 onwards. The Commission proposes phasing in stronger CO2 emissions standards for almost all new HDVs with certified CO2 emissions, compared to 2019 levels, specifically: 45% emissions reductions from 2030; 65% emission reductions from 2035;... Read more →

WiTricity wirelessly charges YuTong autonomous e-buses

WiTricity is collaborating with YuTong Bus, the number one bus brand in China, to provide wireless charging for YuTong’s autonomous e-buses. This marks the first commercial application of wireless charging for an autonomous electric e-bus, with WiTricity providing a key feature in one of the most advanced public transportation systems... Read more →

Fukuoka Prefecture, Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT), and Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) will conduct trials of a small fuel cell electric bus (FC bus) that runs on hydrogen on the BRT Hikoboshi Line , a bus rapid transit (BRT) system planned for launch around the summer of 2023.... Read more →

IVECO BUS, a brand of Iveco Group N.V., signed a framework agreement with the Flemish government-owned public transport enterprise De Lijn for the sale of a first batch of 65 E-WAY full electric city buses and further batches up to a total of 500 vehicles. The vehicles will be deployed... Read more →

The number of electric bus routes in Moscow continues to increase. Now 1050 electric buses serve 79 bus routes in Moscow. Every day they transport more than 430,000 passengers. Recently the Russian manufacturer KAMAZ started to produce improved electric buses at the SVARZ eco-plant. The updated models have more visible... Read more →

IVECO BUS, a brand of Iveco Group, signed a three-year framework agreement to supply up to 150 E-WAY full electric city buses to Busitalia, the FS Italiane Group’s bus company that mainly operates local public transport services, directly and through subsidiaries. It will represent the largest order for E-WAY city... Read more →

NFI Group subsidiary New Flyer Industries Canada ULC has received new firm orders for 16 battery-electric and fuel cell-electric transit buses from Winnipeg Transit. The contract also has options to be extended for up to four years to purchase up to 150 40-foot zero-emission buses (ZEBs). In total, NFI will... Read more →