e-troFit bus runs in the regular service of the Stadtwerke Landshut

Electrifying public transport

  • official handover with the Mayor Alexander Putz, Minister of State Aiwanger and other prominent guests
  • Second Life in public transport: world's first retrofitting series model as a milestone towards emission-free public transport
  • intelligent retrofit concept as the most efficient solution for reducing CO2 emissions according to the Clean Vehicles Directive

On 24 September 2020 the official handover of the first e-troFit series bus to the Stadtwerke Landshut took place in the exhibition hall in the Landshut Exhibition Park. Mayor Alexander Putz accepted the vehicle on behalf of the city of Landshut. The decommissioned diesel city bus of the Stadtwerke Landshut has been given a second life in a pilot project with e-troFit GmbH. Since mid-September 2020 it has been used as an electric bus in regular service.

Mayor Putz explained the high demands on local authorities and transport companies and the related motivation to rely on new innovative solutions: "The turnaround in public transport presents us with major challenges. In order to meet the European goals of the Clean Vehicles Directive within the specified timeframe, cities and municipalities need solutions that can be implemented quickly, are sustainable and are technologically fully reliable. e-troFit GmbH convinced us with its technology concept and therefore we were very happy to start the pilot project.”

In a less than four-week test phase in August 2020, the e-troFit bus already convinced with its smooth and trouble-free operation with above-average ranges. In the now started long-term use in cityline operation for about one year the aim is to gain additional valuable knowledge for the practical applicability and performance of the e-troFit conversion kit.

Bavaria's Minister of Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger, commented: "This technology is very promising and could accelerate the economically efficient electrification of transport and commercial vehicles by converting existing diesel vehicles to electric drive. An exciting project 'Made in Bavaria' that is sustainable and underlines Bavaria's innovation leadership.”

Andreas Hager, CEO of e-troFit GmbH, was visibly pleased about the milestone for his young company, and also for public transport in general: "It is outstanding what our team has achieved in the last few months. As a result, we are now able to offer a quickly implementable solution for a sustainable reduction of CO2 emissions that is in addition the most cost-efficient one currently. With our globally recognized suppliers, we provide series production quality in accordance with the highest automotive standards for functional safety and can guarantee short-term availability in higher quantities at short notice. With our retrofitting kit, fleet operators in the public transport sector such as the Stadtwerke Landshut gain an important instrument for establishing their emission-free vehicle fleets."

During the following test drive, the limited number of participants due to the COVID-19 situation could experience the driving comfort for themselves. Among the passengers were also several federal and state parliament members from the region. During the test drive they were able to form their own personal impression of the new converted electric bus.

A basic requirement for the success of innovative retrofitting solutions, considered by all parties involved to be crucial, is the creation of new federal funding guidelines.

The appeal on the part of Andreas Hager is clear: "We urgently need equality in the funding of retrofits and the purchase of new vehicles as well as a restructuring of the regulations governing the operation of buses, such as the maximum permitted age of buses. In the past, these regulations made sense with the diesel emission classes, but are irrelevant for zero-emission vehicles. This is the only way to enable free competition, to give transport companies freedom of decision when redesigning their fleets and ultimately to ensure that the most efficient solutions prevail in the market. And that is what sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility in our society must be about.“

About e-troFit

e-troFit - electrifying transportation! The German, privately financed start-up company with headquarters in Ingolstadt and offices in Garching near Munich employs about 50 people. e-troFit is represented with three further sales and development locations in Austria, Italy and Spain. e-troFit is the first digital OEM worldwide (without own warehousing and production) to offer innovative solutions for the electrification (retrofitting) of used and new commercial vehicles such as trucks in distribution traffic, buses in public transport as well as municipal vehicles. e-troFit is ISO 9001 certified and thus the only provider of retrofitting solutions to guarantee operational safety according to international standards of the automotive industry such as functional safety ISO 26262. e-troFit's international partner network guarantees service and availability in Europe. With its holistic approach including telematics, charging infrastructure, fleet management and autonomous driving the company designs quickly realizable and cost-efficient solution packages for a sustainable change in mobility and a "Second Life" of diesel commercial vehicles. They effectively support the implementation of the CO2 savings targets according to the European Green Deal Agreement and the Clean Vehicles Directive, which will apply from 2021 on.

e-troFit has been awarded the German Mobility Prize (2018) and the Austrian VCÖ Mobility Prize (2019) and was voted as one of the top 50 startups in Europe in the field of mobility (2020, EUSP). Further information: www.e-trofit.com

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