Economy & Policy

High-tech, eco-friendly buses coming to Hungary

The Hungarian bus fleet will be replaced by domestically manufactured, high-tech and environmentally friendly buses within 10 years.

There are currently about 8,500 buses in operation in Hungary, with an average age of more than 14 years. But plans call for Hungary’s entire bus fleet to be replaced by domestically produced buses with a high technological standard and lesser impact on the environment within 10 years, Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said on Thursday at the presentation of the Credobus Econell 18 Next.

As MTI reported, Palkovics drew attention to the need to reduce vehicle emissions. The new bus strategy heavily relies on Hungary’s domestic bus development and production capacity and expertise, he said.

He recalled a study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) a year ago, which rated countries in terms of their industrial sector’s percentage of high-tech production capacity and high-tech products. In Hungary, this figure was 70 percent, as high as in Germany or Denmark. We are at the top of the list, the minister said.

Introducing the new bus, the minister emphasized that there is once again a Hungarian bus manufacturer, Kravtex Kft.

The domestically developed and manufactured Credobus Econell 18 Next is a vehicle built on an ultralight frame with the best fuel consumption and lowest carbon dioxide emissions, István Krankovics, the managing director of Kravtex Kft., said.

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