Electric buses are essential in reducing emissions
Electric buses do not produce any local or carbon emissions, which is why they are essential in reaching our goal of cutting emissions from public transport in the Helsinki region by more than 90 percent from 2010 levels by 2025.
We intend to increase the number of electric buses so that by 2025 about a third of the buses used on HSL’s services are electric. This means roughly 400 buses.
The electric buses used on HSL’s services must be powered by electricity that is sustainably generated in the Nordic countries, for example, by means of wind, water or solar power.
Electric buses also have the advantage of being quiet and smooth compared to their diesel counterparts.
The Clean Vehicles Directive paves way for more electric buses
Ethical manufacturing of batteries is a priority
As of 2020, we have monitored the manufacturing of batteries for electric buses in our tendering processes from an ethical point of view. We require that the manufacturer of the electric bus include in their bid a report on the environmental effects of the batteries during their lifecycle as well as whether the batteries were manufactured under ethical conditions.
We work in cooperation with other Nordic public transport authorities to develop the life-cycle assessment of electric buses. The goal is to account for emissions caused by the manufacturing of electric bus batteries in the life-cycle assessment in order to take them into consideration in future tenders.
Electric buses in a nutshell
Our work for the environment is yielding results
The results of our long-term work for the environment can already be seen as emissions from both bus traffic and other public transportation have been drastically reduced. And our journey has but started.