Foundation

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.

 

Timeline

Ebusco founded by Peter Bijvelds: "When we fully focused on electrical production in 2010, people thought we were a little crazy. Now we are very proud of the fact that the future we had in mind is also starting to become reality."

2010

First prototype: In the autumn of 2012, Ebusco presented its first own electric bus at the trade fair in Hannover, Germany. The main advantages of this new bus are the lower weight and the much longer lifespan, both of which must compensate for the higher purchase costs.

2012

First European type approval for an electric bus (12 meter, long range). Ebusco is a pioneer in the field of electric bus transport and was the first European manufacturer to receive a European type approval for electric buses.

2012

4.5 million innovation credit from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

2012

First Ebusco bus on the road in Helsinki (Finland)

2013

Winning the Ecology Label Award at Busworld 2013

2013

Winning the Ecology Label Award at Busworld 2015

2015

Signed a Zero Emission Agreement. The parties involved have agreed that they will jointly strive for a fully emission-free regional bus transport by 2030. From 2025 all new public transport buses must be Zero Emission.

2016

ING invests in Ebusco. "The involvement of ING and the government is from great importance for Ebusco. Both are committed to a young and innovative company that makes a substantial contribution to the reduction of climate and environmental emissions as well as a reduction of noise and vibrations." Said Peter Bijvelds, CEO Ebusco.

2016

Innovation partnership with MVG Munich: the German company Stadtwerke München is working together to further innovate. As innovation partners, we will work together on the further development of lightweight electric buses and autonomous driving.

2017

New assembly plant opened in China, where Ebusco 2.2 is assembled

2018

Partnership with Deutsche Bahn: Ebusco will develop an electric bus for the regional transport of Deutsche Bahn in Germany that can run up to 450 kilometers without having to top up in the meantime. Ebusco has signed a cooperation agreement with DB Regio Bus.

2018

Relocation from Helmond to Deurne (Vuurijzer 23) where a production hall of 7,000 m² is involved. The number of employees has doubled in a few years to 70 to 75. "We expect to double again in the coming years," says CEO Bijvelds.

2018

Launch of Ebusco 3.0: composite bus

2019

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