Brussels public transport company STIB has placed an order for 70 Evobus articulated electric buses, STIB announced on Tuesday. Delivery is scheduled to start in 2024, it said.
The buses will be assigned to lines 46 (Pannenhuis-Moortebeek), 53 (Military Hospital-Westland shopping centre), 87 (Simonis-Beekkant) and 89 (Central Station-Westland shopping centre).
The delivery of the first vehicles is scheduled for January 2024, STIB said. These will initially be tested and used to train the driving staff. This phase will allow the transport company to ask EvoBus for any adjustments before the rest of the order is delivered.
The Brussels-Capital Region was able to acquire the electric buses from EvoBus thanks to a loan from the European Investment Bank.
To supply the vehicles with electricity, STIB will equip its depots and terminals with battery charging stations. It has already obtained planning permission to develop several electric terminals.
Currently, 37 STIB electric vehicles are on the streets of the capital. They arrived in 2018 and 2020.