28 May '13, 8am

Europe's first fleet of electric busses is now operating emission-free in #Vienna. #Siemens

Europe's first fleet of electric busses is now operating emission-free in #Vienna. #Siemens

The western part of Vienna, Austria is a traditional working class and industrial district. It’s also the site of one of three bus depots operated by Wiener Linien, the company that runs much of the city’s public transit system. The fueling stations behind the depot don’t conjure up images of new drive system concepts for public transport. Nevertheless, the facility is essentially a docking station for the first of a total of 12 electric buses (eBuses) that can recharge their batteries from overhead power lines. Vienna plans to have two downtown bus lines that can run exclusively on electricity by this summer. The conversion of the inner-city lines, which previously operated with liquefied gas drives, is part of “a large-scale city government project that will further expand and fund the public transport system,” says Anna Reich, press spokeswoman for the Wiener Linien pub...

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