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Deutsche Bahn's Green Journey: DB Buses Shift to Biofuel HVO

Deutsche Bahn's Green Journey: DB Buses Shift to Biofuel HVO
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03 / 07 / 2023

Deutsche Bahn is saying goodbye to diesel on the roads. For the first time, DB buses are running on the climate-friendly biofuel HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil). The green alternative has already been in successful use on trains in several regions since last year.

The DB subsidiary Autokraft is now operating three buses on the Ostholstein Süd network with biofuel on behalf of the Ostholstein district. At the end of the year, a further 30 vehicles in the Rendsburg-Eckernförde network will run on HVO. With these 33 buses alone, DB saves almost 2,000 tonnes of CO₂ annually.

"With biofuel, our modern diesel buses become more climate-friendly in one fell swoop. This means we can continue to operate them until the end of their service life, protecting the climate and saving resources. When it comes to new vehicles, we are open to new technologies and are focusing, for example, on hydrogen and electric drives. From 2030 onwards, we will only procure emission-free buses," says Evelyn Palla, DB Board Member for Regional Transport.

Reinhard Sager, District Administrator of Ostholstein, adds, "We are pleased to take a further step towards climate-friendly public transport in the Ostholstein district by using HVO biofuel, in addition to the already existing use of battery-electric buses."

The biofuel HVO used by DB is produced from biological residues and waste materials and is free of palm oil. There is therefore no competition with food and animal feed production. Compared to diesel, the production of HVO produces around 90 per cent less CO₂. Diesel vehicles can be operated with HVO without complex conversions. The conversion does not affect consumption, refuelling time or driving behaviour.

Deutsche Bahn is pushing ahead with its transformation into a climate-neutral company. The company has set itself the goal of phasing out the last diesel bus in 2038. HVO serves as an interim solution until completely climate-neutral drives and their infrastructure are available nationwide. DB Regio Bus is currently implementing and planning more than 40 transport services and projects with climate-friendly drives at more than 35 locations. With around 420 million passengers, the company is the largest provider of bus transport in Germany.

Source: Deutsche Bahn