Two major public transport orders this week from regional transport authorities in Germany showed how they are going beyond federal targets to decarbonize bus and train fleets. City state Berlin placed an order for 90 battery-powered buses while the state of Schleswig-Holstein ordered 55 battery-powered trains — which remove the need for costly overhead line electrification as diesel trains are replaced. Berlin plans to electrify its fleet of 1,400 city buses by 2030, signing another contract for 90 e-buses for Eur61 million ($69 million). The sum includes charging infrastructure. Buses are to be out on the roads for up to 16 hours between charges in a trial phase, a spokesman for the Berlin transport authority (BVG) said. Berlin is aiming for 225 e-buses by 2021 with another Eur48 million budgeted for further expansion of the […]