The Netherlands has exceeded 1,000 electric buses in operation. In five years’ time, more than 20% of buses in Dutch public transport buses have become emission-free. Since 13 December, the e-buses operating in the contry are 1,163, almost 400 more than last year. The largest fleet runs in IJssel-Vecht, where Keolis included 246 electric buses in the timetable. The news is reported on the Dutch specialized media OVPro, which based its calculation on a new report from consulting firm CROW-KpVV.
Electric buses in the Netherlands
After IJssel-Vecht, most zero emission buses circulate in Groningen Drenthe (166) and Amstelland-Meerlanden (100).
In 2015, the leaders of the PTAs in the Netherlands came to an agreement. From 2025 on, newly bought buses for public transport can only be emission free. In 2030 the entire fleet (around 5000 buses) has to be clean on the exhaust pipe
According to forecast, the number of zero-emission buses will increase by a further almost 500 in 2021, including in Amstelland-Meerlanden, Gooi and Vecht, Utrecht and Rotterdam. The article on OVPro mentions that «CROW says it is not yet in a position to assess the consequences for the corona crisis in subsequent years, although the goal of completely emission-free bus transport in 2030 remains».