City buses are ideal for full electrification

With ideal operating conditions and an increasingly competitive range of models, battery electric buses are being snapped up en masse, writes Freddie Holmes

Commercial vehicles are going electric. How quickly and at what scale depends on the sector, but great progress is being seen with city buses.

Special report: Commercial vehicle powertrain mix

It is easy to see why: buses tend to drive set routes at low speeds, typically at an average speed of around 15kph (10mph) and rarely exceeding 40kph. City buses still clock up high mileage each day—estimates vary from anywhere between 60 and 180 miles depending on the city—but this is lower than some other segments such as long-haul or drayage.

Announcements have been trickling through over the last few years, and in January alone a wave of new orders has been revealed. In

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