The Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH), the bus operator serving districts in Hamburg and its metropolitan area, is investing some € 10 million in a new infrastructure for operating and maintaining electric busses.
Starting in 2020, VHH will procure only emission-free busses with battery-powered, 100% electric motors. The switch to exclusivley electric busses will require an overhaul to current infrastructure including garages, charging stations and dispatch systems. It will also be necessary to train staff on new equipment and procedures.
The investment will cover the construction of the 2,700 square metre workshop in Hamburg-Bergedorf, partially expanding an existing facility. With five separate lanes, it should accommodate up to ten busses, or five articulated busses, at a time.
Designed with ergonomics in mind, the future workplaces will have plenty of natural light, with supplemental LED lighting .
"We will continue to become more digital and also invest in smart charging in order to turn our vision into reality," explained Jan Görnemann "for the benefit of the city of Hamburg, for a clean, quiet, and emission-free bus system."
For more information, read vhhbus.de (in German)
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