Germany funds 472 new electric buses for Hamburg

The Federal Ministry of Transport is funding the procurement of 472 additional electric buses including charging infrastructure for Hamburg with almost 160 million euros. Funding decisions have been handed over to Hamburger Hochbahn and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH). More will be handed over in the next few days.

According to the ministry, the subsidy notifications for the Hamburg companies are the first within the framework of the guideline for the promotion of alternative drives in buses for passenger transport, which we have already reported on. Further funding notifications are to be handed over at the Electromobility Conference of the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) on 7 and 8 April 2022 in Berlin.

The public transport operator Hamburger Hochbahn will receive around 97 million euros for the procurement of 289 electric buses and 486 charging infrastructure units. Hochbahn has set itself the goal of converting its entire bus fleet to alternative drives by 2030 – currently there are around 1,000 vehicles.

The BMDV has already supported Hochbahn with twelve million euros for the purchase of 60 electric buses and 20 charging infrastructure units, as well as with 6.4 million euros for the new construction of the Gleisdreieck depot.

VHH will now receive around 59 million euros for the Elexity2022 project and thus support for 183 electric buses and 216 charging infrastructure units. The transport company also plans to convert its entire fleet – around 670 vehicles – to electric drives by 2030. So far, VHH has received 15 million euros for the acquisition of 64 battery-electric buses and 1.8 million euros for the upgrading of the Bergedorf depot.

With reporting by Domenico Sciurti, Germany. (in German)

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