The world's first fully plastic electric bus is Hungarian and its name is Modulos.
According to the European Commission, the project, which came to fruition after three years of work, cost over three million Euros, of which 400,000 Euros were financed by the European funds. The project was designed and developed by the Hungarian multinational Evopro Holding, with the participation of some 40 Hungarian SMEs.
The 25 buses currently being produced weigh two tons less than conventional metal buses: their light weight makes them more autonomous as they can travel up to 130 km on a single electric charge.
Their bodies, which are thinner but just as resistant to corrosion as those of their competitors, provide their 65 passengers with a more spacious interior.
The buses were built to facilitate access for wheelchairs and passengers with reduced mobility. They are also quieter and more environmentally-friendly than their non-electric counterparts, of course!
The Modulos are built from several modules, among which a driver's cab at the front, a rear module for the engine and a middle module for passengers. According to their manufacturer, this enables buses of varying sizes to be built using the same manufacturing process, although the maximum authorised length for a bus is 9.5 meters.
The European Commission emphasised that local transport is one of the 12 environmental criteria considered for the European Green Capital Award, which has been rewarding the efforts made by cities as part of their urban renewal, transport and energy efficiency policies every year for the past nine years.