EC approves €70m for electric buses and infrastructure in GermanyStaff Writer | February 26, 2018
The European Commission (EC) has found German plans to support the purchase of electric buses and related recharging infrastructure by public transport operators to be in line with EU state aid rules.
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Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "This scheme is another positive example of how to fight global warming.
"In line with the EU environmental goals, it will give public transport operators an incentive to invest in low or zero emissions vehicles with the clear objective of reducing CO2 emissions and improving air quality".
The scheme set up by Germany with a budget of €70 million will support public transport operators until the end of 2021, covering the additional costs for:
- the acquisition of electric and plug-in-hybrid buses rather than conventional diesel buses; and
- the construction of the related electric charging infrastructurerequired for the operation of these buses.
The Commission considers that this public scheme incentivises bus operators to invest in this type of vehicle and in the necessary charging infrastructure.
The measure is expected to increase the number of such buses in Germany and thereby reduce CO2 and air pollutant emissions, in particular in cities.
Furthermore, to qualify for the support, public transport operators must ensure that their electric and plug-in hybrid buses are operated with electricity from renewable sources. ■