Establishment

As early as 2010 Peter Bijvelds started thinking about the idea that electric buses could be a solution for various challenges facing us, such as air quality in cities and sustainability. Peter Bijvelds initiated the Ebusco project as a start-up enterprise in what was then still a niche market. Ebusco quickly found that it was focusing at a market that did not yet exist. The product-idea started with a “perfect combination of electrical components and an fitting range of other components”. In 2012, two years after the project phase, Ebusco BV was officially established.

Our many years of exprience and know-how gives us a huge lead

From the very beginning we aimed persistently at the development of the best electric bus. We are not hindered by the legacy that established makers of diesel buses have to deal with every day. We combine proven technology, new insights and flexible techniques, with a balanced mix of people from within the sector and beyond in order to bring about an innovative and creative environment. We were the first European manufacturer to obtain EU approval for electric buses!

Our “can do” attitude has enabled us to expand from the fire station in Helmond where Ebusco started in 2012 to a team of more than 200 employees in modern premises in Deurne. Our employees’ knowledge and skill are now applied to developing, producing and bringing to market the mobility solutions of the future.

Timeline

Peter Bijveld initiates EV activities and thus lays the foundations for Ebusco.

2010

Ebusco B.V. was established and started developing the first prototype in Helmond. This was partly thanks to an innovation loan from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. With its 12 metre, long range bus, Ebusco was the first European manufacturer to receive European type approval for electric buses. The first Ebusco charging systems were also delivered in 2012.

2012

The first Ebusco bus was sold and directly put into service in Helsinki, Finland. That same year we won the ECW Ecology Award at Busworld 2013

2013

The 2.0 bus was introduced. This bus has a capacity of 90 passengers.

2014

Ebusco wins the ECW Ecology Award at Busworld 2015

2015

The Zero Emissions Agreement was signed. The provincial authorities and metropolitan regions hereby agreed with the government to strive together towards fully emission-free regional bus transport by 2030. From 2025 all newly acquired public transport buses must be zero-emission. ING acquired a non-controlling interest in Ebusco. ING sees enormous market potential for Ebusco’s buses. An Innovation partnership agreement was signed with MVG, the Munich public transport company. We collaborate with MVG on further innovations in the fields of lightweight electric buses and self-driving vehicles.

2016

A partnership agreement was concluded with Deutsche Bahn for Ebusco to develop an electric bus for regional transport of Deutsche Bahn in Germany, able to cover 450 kilometres without having to charge. For this Ebusco signed a cooperation agreement with DB Regio Bus. At the same time a new assembly site was opened in China, where the Ebusco 2.2 is assembled. The newly developed Ebusco 2.2 buses can go up to 450 kilometres on a single charge. Ebusco grows and therefore moves to Deurne where, as well as an office building, it also has a 7,000 m2 factory.

2018

A two-year process led to a revolutionary and unique approach to the development of electric buses. The result: the launch of our prototype Ebusco 3.0 lightweight bus with a fully composite body.

2019

At the end of 2020 Ebusco delivered 156 electric city and regional buses to Transdev, the parent company of Connexxion. This order represents a total value of approximately €130 million. The buses contribute to cleaner and quieter bus transport in the Amsterdam Meerlanden and Haarlem Ijmond regions. This order led to the biggest number of emission-free buses so far delivered within any one year in Europe. Since 2020 more than 300 Ebusco buses have been operating in seven countries across Europe, including major cities such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Munich.

2020

The factory was expanded from 7,000 m2 to 21,000 m2. This is to enable start of production of the 3.0 bus in Deurne. The 3.0 bus will be produced entirely in the Netherlands and at the end of this year the first buses will be delivered to Stadtwerke München. Ebusco won the 2021 JEC Composites Innovation Award in the category Automotive & Road Transportation Structural, for the development of its 3.0 bus with fully composite body.

2021