Hamburger Hochbahn orders 530 electric buses


The Hamburger Hochbahn AG focuses entirely on electricity. Over the next few years, the Hamburg public transport company will procure a total of 530 electric buses. Daimler Buses, MAN Truck & Bus and Solaris will supply the vehicles. The first vehicles are scheduled to start regular service from 2021, and by 2022 at least a quarter of the order volume will have been called up.

In August 2019, Hamburger Hochbahn AG launched a Europe-wide tender for the procurement of 530 battery-powered buses. The decision has now been made in favour of the manufacturers Daimler Buses, MAN Truck & Bus and Solaris, with whom the Hamburg transport company now intends to conclude binding framework agreements.

The battery-electric vehicles are solo and articulated buses equipped with lithium-ion batteries or solid batteries.

Since charging is to take place mainly overnight at the depot, the range of the vehicles was of particular importance. Depending on the manufacturer, the guaranteed range per charge varies between 150-200 kilometers for articulated buses. The solo buses are to achieve a range of up to 270 kilometers without any additional intermediate charging or full recharging.

Hamburger Hochbahn currently operates 30 emission-free buses. Another 30 buses are to follow by the end of this year. From 2021, Hochbahn intends to call up the first vehicles from the contracts that are now to be concluded and by 2022 will already include more than 140 of the 530 vehicles in its fleet.

In addition to the battery-powered contingent, Hamburger Hochbahn AG recently launched a further invitation to tender for the procurement of 50 fuel cell buses by 2025. By 2030, the transport company wants to set up its entire fleet of currently around 1000 vehicles with emission-free vehicles.