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Berlin’s New Fleet of Electric Buses Can’t Come Fast Enough

As the German capital struggles to meet its climate goals and deal with an energy crunch, it’s quickly expanding a battery-powered overhaul of its public transit fleet. 

Dutch-made Ebusco 2.2 e-bus at its Berlin launch.

Dutch-made Ebusco 2.2 e-bus at its Berlin launch.

Photographer: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance/Getty Images

On a recent warm, sticky morning in Berlin, German government officials and senior executives gathered at a depot to welcome the city’s newest attraction: an electric bus.

They inspected the bright-yellow vehicle, a Dutch-made Ebusco 2.2, sat in the driver’s seat and mingled with guests seeking shade under umbrellas bearing the logo of the Berlin transportation company, BVG.