The winners of Sustainable Bus Award 2020 will be announced during Busworld Europe 2019 in Brussels on 17 October. There are three award categories, Urban, Intercity and Coach, and the nine finalists have not been confirmed.
The Urban section focuses on electric bus options with three battery electric vehicles: Mercedes eCitaro, Irizar ie tram and Heuliez GX 437 Elec.
Last year the award was delivered to a trolleybus, the Iveco Crealis In Motion Charging
The eCitaro is the first full electric bus from Mercedes, and deliveries have begun in German cities, including Hamburg, Berlin, Mannheim and Wiesbaden.
Heuliez’s GX 437 Elec will be operated by Qbuzz in the Netherlands and the Irizar ie tram is running in Barcelona, and in Amièns on a newly launched BRT operated by Keolis.
In the Intercity category, the finalists include two gas-powered options, Scania Interlink LD LNG and Iveco Crossway Natural Power, alongside the Solaris Urbino 12 LE Lite Hybrid.
For the Coaches award, the finalists are Mercedes Tourismo Safety Coach, VDL Futura FHD2 and Scania Interlink MD LNG.
The Sustainable Bus Award jury comprises journalists from eight European countries: Mobilités Magazine (France), Busfahrt (Germany), AUTOBUS (Italy), OV-Magazine (Netherlands), InfoBus (Poland), Infotrucker (Romania), Carril Bus (Spain) and Bus and Coach Professional (UK).
The award uses a broad interpretation of sustainability, encompassing safety, comfort, noise, recyclability of components and the general environmental commitment of the manufacturer.