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Manufacturers reach landmark agreement on electric buses


European electric bus manufacturers have brokered a deal with the numerous suppliers of charging technologies that will allow them all to use the same open interface between bus and charger. More and more cities are demanding electric buses but operators are often unable to buy all their buses from the same manufacturer. This agreement is seen as a vital step towards finding a common standard that would apply to all technologies. The decision to find an open interface was agreed by bus manufacturers Irizar, Solaris, VDL and Volvo and the suppliers of charging technology ABB, Heliox and Siemens but it is open for everyone. It is hoped that all manufacturers will sign up to the new standard.

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