Switching to e-buses costs BVG 3 billion euros!
More money, more space, more employees. This is the only way for BVG to power all of its regular buses. The planned farewell to diesel will cost almost 3 billion euros in the coming years, according to calculations by the transport companies.
In a report by the Transport Senate to financial experts from the House of Representatives, it says: "So far, the ideas between the BVG and the Senate regarding the decarbonization of bus transport are very far apart ..."
"The one billion euros that are apparently supposed to come from the state budget have to explain very well to the Senate and BVG," says SPD financial expert Sven Heinemann (41).
From the higher personnel requirements of 880 employees and additional operating costs for charging technology and new depots (see map), the report says. “Diesel buses drive up to 400 kilometers with one tank. The lines have to be shortened for electric buses that have a much shorter range. That means: We need more drivers, ”said BVG spokeswoman Petra Nelken about the B.Z.
In addition, personnel are needed for the new depots. SPD man Heinemann: "So far we have assumed that the maintenance of an electric motor is cheaper than that of a diesel engine."
There are currently 30 electric buses at BVG, which are gradually being used on lines 300, 142, 347, 359 and N50. The price is currently twice as expensive as for diesel (500,000 euros). The federal government (40%) and the state of Berlin (60%) assume the additional costs for the vehicles.
With the support of the federal government, the Senate plans to continue in the future. The investment costs are to be funded with around 588 million euros.
Heinemann: “Probably we have to think outside the box when purchasing e-buses. Apparently we need cooperation not only on a national but also on a European level. ”This will also make the construction of e-buses more interesting for industry.
The BVG operates six depots for its diesel buses. They have to be converted for e-buses, and there are also to be three new depots. The electrification is to run until 2030.