E-bus Mobility set to rise as Market saw 53% Growth in 2023

e-bus popularity soars in Europe
Report from CME shows that 42% of European city buses were zero emission in 2023, as the e-bus mobility revolution continues to rise across the continent

There are up to 87m regular bus users in Europe, mostly on the commute to work or to school. While far kinder to the environment than the number of cars it would take to transport individual passengers in a car, buses still have a heavy carbon footprint. 

But a report from CME Solutions shows that in 2023, the European e-bus market saw a 53% rise in registrations, with more than 42% of city buses being zero-emission (including Hydrogen). 


The enduring popularity of e-buses in Europe

MAN is the proven market leader in electric buses across the European continent, closely followed by Solaris, Yutong and Wrightbus

In 2022, MAN’s 'Driving for Germany' initiative took off, as a way to boost the image of professional truck and bus drivers. 

“2023 was a successful year for the 'Driving for Germany' initiative,” says Dennis Affeld, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus. “In addition to new partners, the numerous activities as part of 'Driving for Germany' have helped to anchor the importance of professional drivers in society and to generate appreciation and respect for the drivers. In 2024 we have set ourselves key topics and are now entering into dialogue with selected supporters in order to tackle new measures and projects – in the short and long term.”

Solaris also leads in zero-emission buses, registering 802 vehicles in 2023. Recently, authorities in Galați, Romania, have ordered 40 modern electric buses from Solaris:

  • 20 9-metre battery buses
  • Another 20 12 metre battery buses

These e-buses will be equipped with plug-in charging sockets as well as rails for inverted pantographs.

Check out our ‘Top 10: Electric Bus Companies’ here and see who made the list. 


France meets ecological and economic challenges with e-buses

Mobility is a major challenge for France’s Nazaire metropolitan area. This is a balancing act alongside ecological and economic development. Together, these challenges led the city to switch to the electric motorization of its buses. 

Iveco France, ABB E-mobility and Dalkia Electrotechnics have been chosen by Saint-Nazaire to commission and maintain its electric transport system. Iveco France will deliver 40 GX 437 ELEC LINIUM electric buses, while the charging infrastructure will be deployed by ABB E-mobility and Dalkia Electrotechnics.

“This group, which has already delivered electric buses of this same type for large networks in France and abroad, with a proven level of reliability, convinced us to choose them,” says Christophe Cotta, Vice-President of Saint-Nazaire agglomeration in charge of mobility and president of STRAN. 


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