The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) is providing 15.8 million euros of support for transport companies in the conversion of their bus fleets to clean drivetrain systems.

Oliver Luksic, Parliamentary State Secretary for the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, presented funding certificates to the transport companies Saarbahn GmbH, Saarbahn Netze GmbH, Völklinger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH and Nikolaus Kirsch Omnibusbetrieb GmbH today in Völklingen for the procurement of 19 battery-electric and 28 fuel cell buses as well as the respective necessary charging, refuelling and maintenance infrastructure.

Oliver Luksic: “Saarland’s transport companies are getting ready for the future: The number of climate-friendly buses operating in Saarland will increase tenfold in the coming years, supported by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport. In order to protect the climate, reduce pollutant emissions and cut noise, we will continue to provide targeted incentives for the renewal of bus fleets nationwide.”

The funding is being awarded within the framework of the technology-neutral guideline for the promotion of alternative drivetrains for buses in passenger transport (“Richtlinie zur Förderung alternativer Antriebe von Bussen im Personenverkehr”). Nikolaus Kirsch Omnibusbetrieb GmbH in Merzig will receive 366,600 euros for the procurement of four battery buses and the associated charging and maintenance infrastructure. Saarbahn GmbH and Saarbahn Netze GmbH in Saarbrücken will receive 11.17 million euros for the procurement of 28 fuel cell buses and the associated refuelling and maintenance infrastructure. Völklinger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH will receive 4.26 million euros for 15 battery buses and the associated charging and maintenance infrastructure.

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