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 600 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.
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.
In 2013, we introduced our first bus, the Ebusco 1.0, at the IAA in Hannover. The Ebusco 1.0 received good impressions at the exhibition, but we also experienced a lot of reluctance on Zero Emission buses.
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
With all the data and input we collected from Ebusco 1.0, we improved our bus and introduce the Ebusco 2.0. This bus already had a range of 300km at the time and has a capacity of 90 passengers.
Ebusco wins the ECW Ecology Award at Busworld 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.
The King and Queen of the Netherlands paid a visit to Paris and got transported within the city with our Ebusco bus.
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.
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.
Ebusco gets listed at the Euronext - Amsterdam after Peter Bijvelds himself strikes the gong in the company of his friends, family and investors.
The production hall has been extended from 7,000m2 to 21,000m2 in order to start up production of the 3.0 buses in Deurne. This year Ebusco wins the JEC Composites Innovation Award and the Automotive Innovation Award for developing the 3.0 bus with a full composite body. On 22 October, the official stock exchange listing of Ebusco takes place under the name EBUS. In the same month, the Ebusco 3.0 factory was officially opened by King Willem-Alexander. In December, the 3.0 bus receives EU vehicle type approval as the very first electric composite bus and the first 3.0 is delivered to SWM Munich.
The First Ebusco 3.0 was delivered to our client in München and made its first kilometres on the road.
Ebusco celebrates its 10th anniversary
Ebusco is launching its services and operations in Australia. With the introduction of the Ebusco 2.2, Ebusco is taking the first steps in its expansion plans for Australia.
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