Transdev receives funding to procure zero-emission buses in Germany
In line with its efforts to provide more environmentally-friendly public transport, the new federal funding will allow Transdev to procure up to 460 battery-powered, biomethane-powered and fuel cell buses by 2025.
Transdev Group has announced that it will procure up to 460 climate-friendly buses for use in its existing networks in Germany, over the coming years to accelerate the switch to zero emissions. This will be made possible due to federal funding provided by the German government.
At the beginning of April 2022, German Federal Transportation Minister Dr Volker Wissing approved funding decisions totalling around €600 million for various transport companies across Berlin to procure zero-emission buses. Funds of around €1.25 billion will be available to support the transition away from diesel buses until 2024, with supplementary funds earmarked for 2025.
“Particularly in cities where many buses are on the road, alternative drive systems can make an enormous contribution to reducing CO2 emissions, pollutants and noise – and thus, to improving the quality of life. That’s why we are providing targeted support for the conversion of diesel buses to alternative drive systems,” said Dr Volker Wissing, German Federal Transportation Minister.
“We are very happy and at the same time grateful that the federal government is supporting us in our efforts for more climate protection and the use of climate-neutral vehicles in public transportation. This is a huge boost for the mobility revolution in Germany, and we are happy to make our contribution,” said Henrik Behrens, Managing Director of Bus Operations at Transdev Germany.
The federal funding will enable Transdev to procure up to 314 battery-powered buses, 40 fuel cell buses and 110 biomethane-powered buses by 2025.
Transdev currently operates around 3,200 buses in public transit in Germany, including 40 electric buses already. In addition to the exposed electric bus location in Frankfurt am Main, these also provide comfortable public transportation and better breathing air in smaller towns such as Schwäbisch Hall, Waiblingen or Ingelheim.
“In the future, 1,700 climate-friendly, quiet, state-of-the-art buses will be on the road throughout Germany – and will be the driving proof that modern mobility is a benefit for citizens, the climate and the economy. Our goal is to have 50 per cent of city buses on the road with alternative, climate-friendly drives by 2030,” said Dr Volker Wissing.
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