Tallinn has started testing a new, Yutong U12 electric bus in order to see if the technology is suitable as a part of a system of public transportation.
Deputy mayor Andrei Novikov said that Tallinn’s public
transportation is moving towards using more environmentally
friendly means of transport. „During the test period we would
like to see if the system is in line with our expectations.
This will help us to reach our goal, because by 2035 we would
like to replace all of our public transportation vehicles with
electric alternatives,” said Novikov.
This summer Tallinn also tested self-driving electric buses and
in August the first compressed gas buses were added to the
city’s public transport fleet. „By the end of the year, one
hundred new gas buses will arrive to Tallinn, and in the
upcoming years 350 more buses using biofuels will follow.
Moving towards environmentally friendly solutions of
transportation is supporting our nomination on becoming
European Green Capital 2022,” said the Deputy Mayor.
Yutong U12 electric bus is a 12-meter-long vehicle, with a
comfortable passenger compartment. The energy supply is
provided via a 422kWh battery, which ensures a maximum mileage
of up to four hundred kilometers on a single charge. Yutong U12
can accommodate up to 85 passengers and two wheelchairs or
prams. Yutong latest U12 bus model was firstly unveiled at
Busworld in Brussels. The Chinese manufacturer’s electric buses
are regularly used in Paris, Sofia, United Kingdom and also in
Tallinn’s public transport services more than 140 million
passengers a year on 81 transportation routes.