The Ebusco trial is part of the eBus project of the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes to study the suitability of electric buses for Finland's challenging winter conditions.Tekes runs the project in cooperation with HSL, Veolia Transport Finland Oy, Fortum Oy, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and Aalto University.
Ebusco is the second electric bus in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The first one, a Portuguese-made Caetano, has been running in Espoo since last autumn.
“HSL’s goal is to have one hundred electric buses operating in the Helsinki metropolitan area in five year’s time. Electric buses are effective in reducing emissions provided the electricity is produced is a sustainable way," says HSL Director of Transport Services Department Reijo Mäkinen.
Ebusco YTP 1 bus does not generate exhaust gases and consumes only 0.9 kWh per kilometer. The bus is powered by battery packs of lithium iron phosphate, which can be quickly charged in two and half hours. Thanks to its advanced battery technology, Ebusco can operate up to 250 kilometers on one charging. The bus is a 12 meters long, low-floor city bus with 76 passenger seats and a wheelchair space.
Thus far, the bus has been tested in China where 300 vehicles have already driven a total of 31 million kilometers.