BERLIN ELECTRIC BUS SHOWCASE

The Bus2Bus fair is one of two major bus shows in Berlin this year and it continues to grow in popularity. Together with the upcoming Innotrans transportation show in September, the expo is set to eclipse the bi-annual IAA Hannover commercial vehicle event that used to be Germany’s main shop window for the industry. MARTIN BENSLEY went to Berlin for the event.

German rail aims to improve the image of rail replacement with a fleet of dedicated, well-equipped MAN buses.
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This year’s Bus2Bus show offered a compact overview of what the future holds for the German and European bus and coach market and a glimpse of what may come to Britain. On display were also products from start-ups and several newcomers hoping to crack the market. All but a handful were electrics.

The event took place at the swish Hub 27 exhibition hall, the largest and most modern facility at Berlin’s Exhibition Ground. The fourth live edition from April 27 to 28 offered a fine opportunity to view new buses and a chance to talk to the manufacturers about upcoming market developments.

The larger event this time around hosted some 140 exhibitors from 20 countries, with 31 vehicles on the floor or parked in an outside viewing area. The number of visitors was up too, with 2,400 people attending.

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