Hamburg charges up its new electric Hybrid bus for commercial service.
The city of Hamburg in Germany believes in going green and to emphasise that, the city council has introduced an all-new Electric Hybrid bus, which has entered commercial service for the very first time. The new bus system will run in Hamburg, Germany on the Innovation Route 109, a bus route that will test and evaluate sustainable bus systems whilst giving visitors an all-new attraction.
Gunter Elste, CEO Hamburger Hochbahn AG, and local and regional German politicians inaugurated this unique bus route and the vehicles that will run on it in late December. According to figures released by Volvo, who built the bus, the new Electric Hybrid offers 60 percent energy saving compared to a diesel bus, and it can run silently and emission-free for at least seven kilometres.
Reportedly, the bus can be recharged fully in six minutes at the end stations and it can lower emissions by up to 80 percent. Silent, emission free buses contributes to a more pleasant urban environment, and opens up new opportunities in city planning with, for example, indoor bus stops.
The new Innovation Route 109 in Hamburg will address these new green implementations and it will stand as an exclusive testing ground for the city to test and evaluate these innovative bus systems of the future. The city of Hamburg has established the target: from 2020, only emission-free buses should be acquired by the city.