FIRST AUSSIE-BOUND EBUSCO E-BUSES ON TRACK: END 2021

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Ebusco Europe


EXCLUSIVE: While the first 39 units of Ebusco's award-winning lightweight 3.0 electric bus have been confirmed for use in their native Dutch homeland in 2022, the first of the new Australian-delivered 2.3 e-buses are due to land here end 2021, local sources confirm.

FIRST AUSSIE-BOUND EBUSCO E-BUSES ON TRACK: END 2021
A company spokesperson confirmed Ebusco will now be bringing in its buses outright itself, with the first new 2.3 variant landed before the end of 2021.

In Holland, operator Transdev Nederland will run the 39 fully composite electric buses in Gooi and Vecht from April next year on its city and intercity routes. These buses will travel an average of 110,000 kilometres per year on a plug-in charging basis, while contribute to "clean and quiet bus transport" in the Hilversum region, Ebusco states.  

Since it’s made from composite instead of steel, the Ebusco 3.0 is therefore 33 per cent lighter than regular city and intercity buses, according to the company. The main advantage of this is much lower energy consumption and the ability to drive a lot more kilometres on the same battery pack, it explains.  

Additionally, composite has the advantage of being extremely strong and, therefore, has a much longer lifespan, so these brand-new buses can still be used for years to come, it adds. 

The 3.0 has been produced entirely in the Netherlands, in Deurne, following the 3.0 prototype, which was introduced in October, 2019.   

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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE 

In terms of the Australian market, when ABC magazine enquired about the Ebusco brand and product due to come here, a company spokesperson confirmed Ebusco will now be doing so outright itself, with the first new 2.3 variant landed before the end of 2021. 

They highlight that only the impact of Covid thus far had affected the logistics of testing the 3.0 in Europe during the past 12 months, along with the finalisation of what will be the first Australian 2.3 e-bus due here soon (then it will be SKD kits using local content for the 3.0).

Pressed as to confirm if and when the Ebusco 3.0 will also make it here, they answered it would, "...within 12 to 18 months from now."

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The Ebusco 3.0 has won the JEC Composites Innovation Award in the category: Automotive & Road Transportation Structural, with the Ebusco 3.0 series urban and district buses. 

In addition to the Innovation Award at Busworld in 2019 and internationally renowned Automotive Brand Contest, Ebusco won in the Commercial Vehicles category. Other winners in this competition are brands such as Porsche, Bentley and Volkswagen, Ebusco explains.

"The investment by Transdev Netherlands in the Ebusco 3.0 represents significant confidence in the Ebusco product," said Ebusco's Australian director Simon Pearce. 

"In 2022, Ebusco will supply the very first fully composite, electric buses in the Netherlands. Transdev Netherland has ordered a further 39 Ebusco 3.0 in addition to the 156 Ebusco 2.3 buses. The buses will contribute to clean and quiet bus transport in the Hilversum region," he explained. 

The final spec of the 3.0 for the Australian market is yet to be confirmed. 

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Above (L-R): Manu Lageirse, CEO Transdev Nederland and Peter Bijvelds, CEO Ebusco. 

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LONG RANGE 

"As a company, we have now gained more than nine years of experience with electric buses and chargers, so we know exactly what we’re doing," said Peter Bijvelds, Ebusco CEO. 

"We believe the LFP-technology battery used on these buses is the best and safest battery on the market.  

"Thanks to the combination of all the innovations we apply, these buses can travel up to 575km on a single charge - which is truly unique for a bus," Bijvelds explained. 

Due to the Ebusco 3.0’s low energy consumption and its correspondingly long range, in most cases there is now no need for interim battery charging, the company says. This makes a considerable difference to the costs associated with the charging infrastructure and charging time, it adds. 

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