Public transport plays an essential role in the mobility of the future. However, municipal and private transport companies face a number of challenges: New EU regulations such as accessibility, emission-reducing measures and the constantly growing number of passengers require high investments. Deutsche Leasing supports the financing of this important pillar for the economy, society and the environment with precise advice and flexible solutions. An important partner in this are the local savings banks.
Local public transport is considered one of the most important factors when it comes to quality of life - in cities, metropolitan regions and in the countryside. However, operating the buses, trams and other means of transportation is cost-intensive. In addition, local authorities and operators will face major challenges in the coming years:
Replacement needs for outdated fleets
Legally required accessibility of vehicles from 2022
Reduction of greenhouse emissions by 2030
Constantly growing passenger volume
In order to contribute to the achievement of the emission targets set, the above-mentioned factors lead to a high and cost-intensive investment requirement. For example, low-emission or zero-emission buses must be purchased with new types of drive (battery or hydrogen-powered). In addition to the high acquisition costs for vehicles, further substantial investments in infrastructure are required. In the case of e-buses, this may include investments in the charging infrastructure or, in the case of hydrogen-powered buses, the necessary filling stations for hydrogen as an energy carrier.