Dutch transport operator HTM Personenvervoer NV is collaborating with Daimler Buses Solutions to equip its bus depot in The Hague with 41 charging stations, marking a significant step in the electrification of public transportation infrastructure.
Under the agreement, Daimler Buses Solutions will oversee the implementation of the entire “e-system” for HTM's bus depot, encompassing the installation of 41 charging stations with a total of 122 charging points, as well as providing charging management software and operational support. Construction has commenced, with plans to commission the charging system by the third quarter of this year.
As part of the initiative, Daimler Buses will supply HTM with a fleet of at least 95 eCitaro buses, comprising both solo and articulated models. This procurement, finalized in the summer of 2023, signals HTM's transition from natural gas to electric buses, with the new vehicles slated to replace existing natural gas buses starting mid-2024.
For Daimler Buses Solutions, the electrification project in The Hague represents one of its inaugural ventures since its establishment in early 2023. The subsidiary focuses on developing infrastructure for electric buses, aiming to provide comprehensive solutions to customers across Europe.
The collaboration aligns with Daimler Buses' long-term sustainability goals, as the company aims to exclusively offer locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in its core European market by 2039, with the transition set to occur in the city bus segment by 2030. The eCitaro, Daimler's first series-produced electric bus introduced in 2018, continues to play a pivotal role in advancing environmentally friendly public transportation, with recent additions including a variant equipped with a fuel cell range extender.