Evaluation of the funding of electric buses in public transport

Electric vehicles are a key technology for local public transport to become sustainable and to achieve climate protection goals in transport. In addition to reducing greenhouse gases, conversion to electric vehicles can also contribute to improving air and noise pollution.

Since March 2018, the BMU has therefore been supporting transport companies in the purchase of e-buses in local public transport with up to 80 percent of the additional investment costs. By the end of the support programme at the end of 2021, it is expected that well over 1,300 subsidised e-buses will have been procured by more than 70 transport companies.

An impact evaluation of the support programme will be carried out as part of an accompanying study. The project team (PwC, ifeu, CP/COMPARTNER, prognos and eebc) will answer the following questions:

  • What is the current market situation for E-buses in Germany, Europe and worldwide?
  • How has the BMU's funding for electric buses affected the market ramp-up?
  • How is the climate and environmental impact of electric buses?
  • Does the use of e-buses make sense from a business and economic point of view?
  • How do the stakeholders and passengers assess the use of e-buses?
  • What are the obstacles that will continue to exist in the future and what could be useful funding opportunities?


Project start June 2020


Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)






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