Wiener Linien orders 70 emission-free buses for Vienna – | CarTailz

In Austria, Wiener Linien has signed contracts with Daimler Trucks for 60 battery-electric buses and Solaris for ten hydrogen-electric buses.

The tender for the 60 BEV and 10 FCEV buses was announced in 2020 and launched the following year. This was flanked by test phases of both bus types. Therefore, Wiener Linien has now ordered 12-meter buses with 60 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro BEV buses and ten Solaris Urbino 12 Hydrogen FCEV buses.

According to Wiener Linien, delivery should take place by 2025. The public transport provider is investing 48 million euros in the purchase of the buses and the construction of fast charging stations. Around 22 million euros of this comes from the EBIN funding program of the Austrian Ministry of Climate Protection.

Daimler says its Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses will be built by Daimler Truck subsidiary EvoBus and will be delivered to Vienna from next year until 2025. The low-floor vehicles are equipped with a latest generation 392 kWh lithium-ion battery system (NMC 3). In addition to charging by cable, fast charging with up to 300 kW is also possible using pantograph charging.

The Solaris hydrogen model, which has now been ordered for the city of Vienna, was presented in Stockholm in June 2019. The H2 fuel cell bus comes with two electric motors, each with an output of 125 kW, fuel cell modules with an output of 70 kW, a small battery and five hydrogen tanks made of composite material with a total capacity of 1,560 liters. Solaris states a range of up to 350 kilometers. Several of these hydrogen-powered buses have already been ordered by another Austrian transport company, Österreichische Postbus AG, with a framework agreement for the delivery of up to 82 hydrogen-powered Solaris Urbino 12 Hydrogen.

The current order from Wiener Linien was preceded by tests with the respective BEV and FCEV bus models. Various test drives have shown that battery buses are particularly suitable for flat areas with appropriate charging options, while H2 buses can also be used on demanding routes with inclines, the public transport operator said. According to this, nine bus lines will be converted to electric operation by 2025, while the H2 buses on line 39A will go into operation at the end of 2024. The Urbino Hydrogen is refueled and maintained in the new “H2 Competence Center” at the Leopoldau Depot. Stadt- und Gemeindewerke Wiener Stadwerk state that their public transport uses 100% electricity and hydrogen from renewable energy sources.

The electrification efforts are supported by the competence center for battery buses that Wiener Linien is building in Siebenhirten in the south of the Austrian capital. The company puts the investment in this depot at 40 million euros. The facility will house charging stations for 52 electric buses as well as infrastructure for maintenance and service activities. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2023. Additional charging infrastructure will be installed at the bus garage in the Spetterbrücke, and three fast charging stations will be built along the bus lines – presumably pantographs for the eCitaros. According to the Wiener Verkehrsbetriebe, existing tram and subway substations are to be used to supply the charging stations with energy.

Wiener Linien announced that maintenance contracts had been concluded for the purchase of the 60 electric and 10 H2 buses. These provide that the maintenance is carried out by Wiener Linien, but the risks of ongoing maintenance are borne by the respective bus manufacturers Solaris and Daimler. The transport companies explain that these agreements make it easier to estimate the total costs of the vehicles.

Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler said: “With this new funding line, we will massively increase the proportion of emission-free buses in the next few years. By 2026 we even want to quadruple the proportion. For the first time, the federal government is investing in regional climate-friendly bus transport. That’s good and important – because emission-free buses make an important contribution to our phase-out of fossil fuels. One thing is clear: Only if we switch to renewable energies and reduce our consumption overall can we get the current energy crisis under control and also effectively counteract the climate crisis.”

Wiener Linien is a subsidiary of Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH, which builds and operates the subway, bus and tram network in the Austrian capital. This public transport network is used daily by almost two million passengers with a fleet of around 400 vehicles. The Austrian capital has undertaken numerous activities to decarbonize transport in recent years, tackling not only public transport but also private cars, micro-mobility, taxis and tourist offers.,,

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