German Ministry for Environment funds hybrid buses in Hamburg
The German Federal Ministry for Environment has lent its support to the city of Hamburg (Germany) in its acquisition of advanced hybrid buses. The ministry contributed a grant of €510,000 for the city to purchase 15 hybrid buses that will go into immediate use in the south of the city. This figure represents two thirds of the total cost of purchasing the buses.
Hybrid buses are particularly well-suited for urban traffic as they can conserve and re-use almost all the energy lost in braking. Additionally, carbon dioxide and other forms of pollution are reduced, and the buses are also much quieter.
The Ministry for Environment has supported the use of hybrid buses since 2010 across Germany, in a move to develop bus routes served entirely by electrically-powered buses. The ministry’s policy on hybrid buses ties into the National Climate Protection Plan which supports projects across Germany to reduce emissions and combat climate change.
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