A milestone for bus operators: A first funding application to convert diesel double-decker buses to a modern electric drive from IAV has been approved. The government subsidy makes the environmentally friendly conversion of the popular sightseeing buses affordable. The “IAV Elcty” conversion kit developed by IAV enables existing double-decker buses to be converted from diesel to a highly efficient electric drive. Stadtrundfahrt Dresden GmbH is the first customer to have now received funding approval from the German government and plans to convert 25 double-decker buses. The funds will be awarded on the basis of an EU funding directive.
“Converting our bus fleet to e-drive underscores our commitment to sustainable and attractive passenger transportation,” says Diana Maatz, managing director of Stadtrundfahrt Dresden GmbH. The buses of Stadtrundfahrt Leipzig GmbH, a subsidiary, are also to be electrified with the help of the funding. The retrofit will make the climate footprint of the converted vehicles more sustainable in two ways: in addition to locally CO2-free driving, the retrofit will save a large proportion of the CO2 emissions that occur during the new production and disposal of a vehicle.
“The funding commitment is a positive signal to all operators who want to make their bus fleets fit for the future,” says Wolfgang Wukisiewitsch, Division Manager Solutions & Products at IAV. “We are happy to support interested parties in the application process.” The application deadline for the second call of the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) to promote buses with alternative and resource-saving drives in passenger transport is next Friday, July 15, 2022. www.iav.com