The number of countries worldwide that allow retrofit.
Source: AIRE (electric retrofit industry association)
The number of charge/discharge cycles for a battery on a retrofitted bus over its six to seven years of service.
Make old new again
After a successful trial in 2018, the city of Boulder, Colorado, is planning to retrofit nine diesel buses to electric drive. The decision was largely influenced by the much shorter delivery timeframe of six months, compared to two years for new-builds. A similar project is going ahead in Lane County, Oregon.
A first in Oxford
For the first time, Oxford has retrofitted a diesel open-top sightseeing bus to electric (March 2020). Four others will be converted soon.
European Commission support
A €107 million subsidy was granted to Germany in late 2018 to fund the conversion of 7,000 diesel buses to electric in almost 90 municipalities. A real boost!