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The number of electric buses in Western Europe is skyrocketing. In the past year, more E-buses were registered than between the years 2012 and 2018 combined. This was the outcome of a study by Chatrou CME Solutions.

Almost 12% of the (city) buses registered in 2019 are powered electrically. In the previous year, the number was only 548. This means that the amount of registrations has tripled within a single year. This corresponds to 1687 E-buses out of a total market of 14,392 city buses.

Alternative propulsion systems

Yet it was not just the E-bus segment that grew in 2019. The proportion of buses with alternative propulsion systems also soared. E-buses, hybrid buses, CNG (compressed natural gas) and fuel cell powered city buses now have a combined market share of 39%. This figure was 28% in the previous year.

Ranking of alternatively powered city buses 2019:

  1. E-buses (+300%)
  2. Hybrid buses – including moderate hybrids (+70%);
  3. CNG buses (+20%);

The total number of 14,392 city buses that were registered in 2019 also set a new record. Registrations rose by 20%. Slightly less than 12,000 new city buses were registered in 2018.

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The development of the market for alternative propulsion systems for city buses from 2012 to 2019. (c) Chatrou CME Solutions

Dutch VDL – market leader in E-buses

Dutch manufacturer VDL became the market leader at the end of 2019 with a total of 386 registered electric buses and a market share of 22.5 %. In total, 232 vehicles were registered on the domestic market alone, the most important market in Europe. Between 2012 and 2019 a total of 726 E-buses made their way onto the roads in The Netherlands.

Chinese manufacturer BYD is in second place, having registered 236 E-buses in 2019. BYD produced a further 79 E-buses for the British market in cooperation with Scottish bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL). In third place is the Polish manufacturer Solaris with a total of 145 registrations. Swedish manufacturer Volvo is in fourth place with 135 registrations.

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Author profile picture Hildegard Suntinger lives as a freelance journalist in Vienna and writes about all aspects of fashion production. She follows new trends in society, design, technology and business and finds it exciting to observe interdisciplinary tendencies between the different fields. The key element is technology, which changes all areas of life and work.