The vehicle, which can travel up to 20km on a single charge, is the result of a collaboration between Israeli-Bulgarian bus company Chariot Motors, China’s second largest bus manufacturer Higer and China-based ultra-capacitor producer Aowei.
The ultra-capacitor technology is used to capture energy from braking for powering the bus. The technology has been tested in Shanghai for more than seven years, clocking up more than 8 million kilometres, but has never before been launched in Europe.
The bus has an average daily energy consumption has already been test-proven in Sofia to be about 0.95kWh/km.
According to Zwika Zimmerman, chairman of the board of Chariot Motors, electric buses are the future of urban public transport.
“This is the first electric bus on European streets that does not require traditional battery charging and can cover its whole route on a single charge requiring just a few minutes. However I’m confident that it won’t be the last,” said Zimmerman.
“Cities across Europe face increased demand for public transportation at the same time as facing increased concerns over air pollution. Electric buses can both meet that demand and address those concerns,” added Zimmerman.
Last year, the European Environment Agency revealed that Bulgaria has the highest concentration in its air of sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide in Europe.