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Hungary Designs First Plastic Electric Bus

Engineers in Hungary have designed the world’s first electric composite bus. Constructed from plastic the bus is two tonnes lighter than conventional models made from metal. The design of the bus and electric engine means that it is much quieter and more environmentally friendly than other conventional buses.

Image courtesy of budapesttimes.hu

Image courtesy of budapesttimes.hu

The structure of the bus also allows for less frequent maintenance, thinner walls and a more spacious passenger area. Carrying up to 65 passengers the bus has a range of 100 kilometres on a single electrical charge. The bus also has a low floor making it accessible for all passengers.

The project, which took three years to complete, cost a total of one billion Hungarian forint (€ 3.25 million), including around € 400,000 in EU funding. The bus model has received road certification and production of the first 25 commercially available vehicles has already commenced.

Local transport is one of 12 environmental indicators assessed as part of the European Green Capital Award. The Award recognises the impact that well planned sustainable transport can have on the overall environment of a city. Effective sustainable urban transport means healthier citizens, more accessibility, improved safety, more efficient and cost-effective transport of people and goods.