Eindhoven already has Europe’s largest fleet of electric buses. The city also expects that the goal of having all buses within the city emission-free by 2020 will be met. “But in order to ban all fossil fuel from public transport in the Brainport Eindhoven region, a little help from the EU is needed” mayor John Jorritsma says. Next week, at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, he will ask Europa for extra support. “To connect the entire daily urban system by 2025, European investment on research in battery storage capacity can really help to increase the range of the electric buses. This will truly give a boost to banning fossil fuels from public transport in Europe.”

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