The first free-of-charge electric buses in the Czech Republic have collectively traveled over 40,000 km. The two electric buses have been in operation since February of last year. In this time, they have transported more than 800,000 passengers.
The buses, which are free to ride, connect BB Centrum to the Budějovická metro station, driving along the BB1 and BB2 routes. The electric buses were implemented in order to improve city life by reducing noise and air pollution. By adding the two electric buses, they have also reduced the waiting time.
“The emphasis on the protection of the environment is one of our priorities in the construction of BB Centrum,” stated Radim Passer, the Chairman of the Board of PASSERINVEST GROUP.
PASSERINVEST GROUP, ČEZ Group, and ARRIVA are the three investment companies primarily responsible for the project.
“Over a year of the electric buses’ operations, we have noted a great amount of positive reactions. The high number of transported passengers is proof to us that our free routes are heavily used, not only by BB Centrum employees but also by residents of the surrounding area. That is why we want to continue down this path in the future…,” stated Passer.
At full capacity, each bus can hold 73 passengers, giving them the ability to transport 3,600 commuters a day. On average, the buses travel about 100 km a day, however, they can travel 130-150 km on a single charge. The buses recharge over night, taking 6 hours.
All three investment companies state that they wish to continue pursuing and investing in electric transportation. “Electric buses belong in city centers and should become the ecological standard of every large city in the future,” stated Adamka.”
Aside from SOR, there are several other Czech companies developing electric buses, including Škoda and EKOVA Electric.