The Sustainable Bus Awards 2022 winners have been confirmed by the jury of international trade press editors. The winners of the fifth edition of the awards were: Solaris Urbino 15 LE Electric in the ‘Urban’ category; Anadolu Isuzu Kendo 13 CNG in the ‘Intercity’ category; and MAN Lion’s Coach in the ‘Coach’ category.
The Solaris Urbino 15 LE Electric is a battery-electric bus that pushes the boundaries of e-mobility out of the city centre towards interurban use, while the Isuzu Kendo 13 CNG enables intercity services with the environmental benefits of a CNG engine. MAN Lion’s Coach raises the bar of comfort and sustainability in the long-distance coach segment.
The Sustainable Bus Awards 2022 were handed over during an online ceremony featuring UITP senior director knowledge & innovation Umberto Guida and Busworld marketing & communication officer Inge Buytaert.
“We cannot achieve liveable cities without public transport,” said Guida. “European and national policies are pointing at the decarbonisation of bus fleets, although, we should underline, the bus sector was already helping to reduce the emissions from transport activities.
“We expect an increasing number of registrations of clean buses in the coming years in Europe. In 2020 we witnessed an exponential growth, with 7,500 orders of electric, gas-powered and hybrid buses. It is an unstoppable growth.”
Buytaert added: “We also expect totally new products coming to the market, meaning platforms designed specifically for electric drives, using new, clean materials and clean industrial processes. We see that also the way vehicles are being developed and produced is changing.”
The jury represents seven European countries, each of one is embodied by a leading sector-related magazine. Namely: Mobilités Magazine (France), Busfahrt (Germany), AUTOBUS (Italy), Infotrucker (Romania), Revija Tranzit (Slovenia), Carril Bus (Spain), greenbusandcoach (UK).