At the beginning of this century CEO Peter Bijvelds saw possibilities in electric vehicles. Initially Peter’s interest was in selling and dealing in electric cars, but he soon realised that there were more valuable options in electric buses, and in 2010 he established Ebusco.
Our many years of experience and accumulated know-how gives us a huge lead
Electric buses need a lot of energy to work properly. This energy can be created only by a robust battery pack. But these packs are very heavy, which obviously makes the whole bus heavier too. The heavier the bus, the shorter its range and the fewer passengers it can carry.
This is the opposite of what operators want: extensive range and large passenger capacity are precisely the most important requirements. This is the biggest challenge for electric buses.
That is why it is so important to develop a bus that is as light as possible with as big a range and passenger capacity as possible while maintaining performance and safety. Developing a good electric bus that meets these demands requires a great deal of research and time. Ebusco’s many years of continuous full dedication to this challenge give it a substantial lead over its competitors, many of whom are manufacturers or former manufacturers of diesel buses.
Experience on the road
Ebusco has been testing and developing its own electric buses for many years. Thanks largely to investor ING, Ebusco introduced its first electric city bus in 2012. Over many years Ebusco electric buses (such as the 1.0, 2.0 and 2.1) have been tried and tested on various bus routes, enabling Ebusco to carry out continuous improvements to its buses. In 2012 all Ebusco buses underwent an extensive SORT test*
* Advancing Public Transport, 2014.