László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, said on Wednesday in Hajdúszoboszló that 60 electric buses have been tendered so far, and the vehicles will be used in various municipalities across the country, MTI reported.
The minister said that the government has set the goal of greening the economy, an important element of which is transport, which is responsible for 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions.
It has been decided that from 2022, the purchase of non-electric buses will no longer be subsidized in municipalities with more than 25,000 inhabitants, he said.
Palkovics stressed that three important elements of the industrial strategy are to be green, high-tech and Hungarian. The majority of the 6,000 buses that still need to be replaced in the country could be built in Hungary. The rebuilt Hungarian bus industry will be able to do this, he said.
Sándor Bodó, state secretary for employment policy, recalled that modern buses with conventional engines had already been put into operation in Hajdúszoboszló a month earlier, but electric engines are the future. Hajdúszoboszló’s special value is its thermal water, its spa and its liveable environment, which is why it is important to look for environmentally friendly solutions in all areas.
Gyula Czeglédi, the independent mayor of Hajdúszoboszló, said that the municipality is working for a sustainable environment and is working together with Volánbusz Zrt. to apply for the long-term use of electric buses.
Zoltán Pafféri, President and CEO of Volánbusz Zrt. said that 1,800 environmentally friendly buses have been put into service in the country as part of the bus renewal program since 2018. Thanks to this, fuel consumption has been reduced by 10 million liters per year and carbon dioxide emissions by 30,000 tons.
He stressed that the introduction of modern, comfortable buses is intended to provide a real alternative to private transport, together with the railways.
Balázs Weingartner, President and CEO of Humda Zrt. said that the Humda Green sign, which was the first to be displayed on an electric bus in Hajdúszoboszló, was intended to bring environmental awareness to as many towns as possible.