At the beginning of last week, several bus services in Oslo were cancelled. The reason was that the new electric buses could not cope with the cold.
On Monday, about 50 city buses were cancelled and taken out of service. The bus company Ruter reported that the range of the electric buses was not as good as usual because of the cold weather. It was about 12 degrees below zero.
– The buses run out of power more quickly. We are now registering what happens day by day, and then we will see how we can improve this in the future, Cathrine Myhren-Haugen, communications manager at Ruter, told the Norwegian newspaper Nordre Aker Budstikke.
Oslo has invested in electric buses in the city and currently has 183 vehicles equipped with 500 kWh battery packs, which typically have a range of over 250 kilometers.
On Tuesday, the cold weather continued to cause problems for the electric buses and more departures had to be cancelled. A total of 90 bus departures were reportedly canceled.
By the end of 2023, the company plans to have 320 electric buses, which the bus company’s CEO previously described as a “great victory for the environment”.