Ibbenbürener Bau- und Servicebetrieb (BIBB) (Ibbenbüren’s municipal administration) has a new vehicle: a sweeper. But not just any sweeper – this one is special. It’s environmentally friendly, has an electric engine and an e-license plate. It was delivered last week and will keep the town clean in future. It has already made its debut and passed with flying colours.

The arrival of the new e-sweeper means that the town’s administration has once again implemented an element of its political mandate from the 2020 Climate Offensive – conversion of the town’s fleet to alternative, environmentally- and climate-friendly drives.

“We are pleased that this is also possible at BIBB with a dedicated working vehicle like the sweeper”, says Mayor Dr. Marc Schrameyer. The acquisition of the e-vehicle, which is the third at BIBB, is the city’s way of investing in real environmental and climate protection. “We want to reduce CO2 emissions in the municipal fleet and thus contribute to climate-friendly mobility locally. In addition we can make citizens and local businesses more aware of electric mobility.”

The new machine cost 355,000 euros. Its purchase was subsidized however, making the costs for the town were considerably lowered. The purchase of the e-sweeper was funded under the BMDV Electric Mobility funding guideline in the total amount of 163,006.20 euros by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport. The funding guideline is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).

The new sweeper is a replacement for the temporary vehicle purchased following the fire damage to the BIBB’s old sweeper. It has a maximum speed of 50 km/h and has enough battery capacity to last a full working day. It will then be recharged on the BIBB premises on Gravenhorster Strasse. It can be deployed to any area of town, including pavements and cycle paths. “Anywhere there is work to be done”, says BIBB boss Markus Scäfer, adding: “It is a completely different driving experience”. In addition to the new sweeper, the BIBB is planning to purchase two more e-vehicles, which will be vans.