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New electric buses to arrive in six county towns in 2022

60 new electric buses will be added to the Green Bus Program and will operate in Győr, Eger, Székesfehérvár, Zalaegerszeg, Szolnok and Szeged.

Hungary’s goal is to have 90 percent of its electricity production free of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and to use clean electricity in as many areas as possible, said Attila Steiner, Minister of State for the Development of the Circular Economy, Energy and Climate Policy at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology. 

He pointed out that transport is one of the largest emitting sectors, responsible for 20 percent of all emissions. Around 2,800 to 2,900 buses are used for local transport, and the Green Bus Program aims to replace 100 buses with electric vehicles in 2022 and another 1,100 in the following years.

The new vehicles will be delivered by Humda Hungarian Car-Motor Sport and Green Mobility Development Agency Zrt. with the support of HUF 8.6 billion. 

The CEO of Volánbusz Közlekedési Zrt., Zoltán Pafféri, said that between 2018 and 2021, the company has purchased 1,700 new buses, mainly for intercity services, saving tens of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide.

“The use of green buses in urban transport will become mandatory. Thanks to the Green Bus Program, six county capitals will be able to obtain 60 electric buses with an 80 percent subsidy during 2022,” Zoltán Pafféri said. 

Győr will have 13 of the pure electric buses, while 12 will go to Székesfehérvár, 11 to Zalaegerszeg, 10 to Szolnok, 8 to Szeged, and 6 to Eger. The 40 buses already purchased under this program serve major events in Budapest and will be put into general service in the metropolitan agglomeration starting in January.

Ferenc Orgovány, Managing Director of Mobiliti Volánbusz Kft., said that his company’s mission is to enable the environmentally friendly development of the Volánbusz fleet by setting up and operating CNG and e-charging stations.

In addition to the six county capitals, 10 electric buses and charging infrastructure will be purchased in Miskolc, 8 in Pécs, and 5 in Veszprém, plus 4 self-propelled trolleybuses in Szeged in 2022.

This will bring the total number of environmentally friendly vehicles in public transport in Hungary to 127 thanks to the Green Bus Program, which provides HUF 18.37 billion in funding to applying operators.

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