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February 2014

Clean Fleets Newsletter #3

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to send you the third issue of the Clean Fleets newsletter. Please feel free to share this newsletter with interested colleagues.

Kind regards,

Your Clean Fleets team

  1. London workshop: Clean Bus Procurement
  2. New bus report published & free webinar
  3. Case study: First EEV buses in Baia Mare, Romania
  4. Bremen workshop roundup
  5. Case study: 12 electric buses for Vienna’s city centre
  6. Wirelessly charged buses in Milton Keynes
  7. Clean fleets discussion forum to be launched

   London workshop: Clean Bus Procurement

London is to host the second of a series of four workshops run by the Clean Fleets team on how procurement of clean and energy-efficient vehicles works in practice, to exchange and to learn from each others’ experiences.

This workshop will take place on 25-26 March 2014 at the Crystal in London. Hosted by Clean Fleet’s project partner Transport for London (TfL), the workshop will examine:

The workshop is open to public authorities and fleet operators in Europe, and other relevant stakeholders. It is free of charge.

With only a few day to go until registration closes, please ensure to register as places are limited.

Register today!


The Clean Fleets team is pleased to announce the publication of a report for public bus procurers and transport operators, which aims to provide a comprehensive review of practical encounters with different fuel and technology options for clean buses. 

The report brings together the experiences of over 100 European public authorities and transport operators and has received input from more than 40 experts working in the field of public clean fleet procurement.

One of the key authors of the report will be presenting the findings in a free online seminar ‘Clean buses for your city’ on Thursday 27 February 2014 at 3pm CET.

For more information, click here


The City of Baia Mare in Romania has opted for a new environmentally friendly approach to procurement of public transport vehicles, both in policy and practice, and will be introducing its first buses meeting the Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle (EEV) standard to its fleet from 2013.

Following an extensive market review, the city published an open tender which was concluded in 2012. Over a three year period, 30 new EEV solo (standard) buses and 8 trolleybuses will be delivered to serve the citizens of Baia Mare.

For more information, click here 


On 11-12 December, the Clean Fleets team held a workshop in Bremen looking at the background and objectives of the Clean Vehicles Directive and how bus procurement is carried out in practice.

The workshop presented experiences from different cities in clean bus procurement, and discussed a variety of important topics which procurers face such as:

To see the photos & read the presentations, click here 


Vienna is striving to become a leader in green transport. Its 2012 e-mobility strategy outlines targets to reduce the city’s personal motorised transport to less than 20 percent by 2025.

In an effort to reduce emissions and create a zero-emissions zone in its historic centre, the Viennese transport operator, Wiener Linien has put forward an innovative proposal: to use the old tram infrastructure to power brand new electric buses.

For more information, click here

   Wirelessly charged buses run demanding route in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes, UK, has launched an innovative pilot with wirelessly charging electric buses on 19 January 2014. Its organisers claim the programme to be ‘the world’s most demanding electric bus route’.

Eight electric buses now serve a busy route that is even challenging for diesel buses: running 17 hours a day, seven days a week, with each bus covering over 90,000 kilometres per year.

The electric buses are expected to reduce air pollution of particulates and noxious tailpipe emissions by approximately five tonnes, and decrease CO₂ emissions by 270 tonnes a year.

For information, click here

   Clean fleets discussion forum to be launched

Clean Fleets is set to launch a specialised discussion forum group for public procurers and transport operators to share their thoughts and experiences on specific topics related to clean fleet procurement.

It will be an opportunity for professionals working in the sector to exchange knowledge, opinion and ideas on particular issues and to network with others across Europe working in the same field.

For all of you who have signed up to this newsletter, you will receive an invite by the end of February. 


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