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6th February 2020, Helsinki

Lightweight electric buses help reduce emissions in Helsinki

One of thirty-three electric buses which are helping reduce emissions in Helsinki. © Exel Composites.One of thirty-three electric buses which are helping reduce emissions in Helsinki. © Exel Composites.

Finland based Exel Composites has supplied Chinese bus and coach manufacturer Yutong with fiberglass profiles for thirty-three electric buses, which have been delivered to Helsinki, Finland. The introduction of the electric buses is part of the Finland’s goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by five million kilograms per year.

“Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, we design and manufacture some of the largest and most complex carbon fibre and fiberglass composite profiles on the market. The fiberglass panels delivered to Yutong were manufactured in China and included the skirt and side panels for the electric buses. Yutong delivered the buses to the Finnish bus and road operator, Pohjolan Liikenne. We are continuing to work with Yutong to develop and manufacture composite solutions for their vehicles,” Exel Composites said in a press statement.

The delivery of the electric buses is the first time that Yutong, which became the first listed bus company in China in 1997, has entered the Finnish market. This is also the largest number of buses that Finland has purchased from overseas. The country, which is already renowned for its safety and efficiency when it comes to public transport, aims to have 400 electric buses operating in the capital by 2025.

“Light weight fiberglass was important to this project as it reduces operating costs and helps to increase energy efficiency and that helps improve environmental sustainability,” explained Olli Tevä, SVP, Sales and Marketing.

“Additionally, our composite profiles resist deformation and corrosion from the harsh road environments typical in Finnish winters. Repairing fiberglass is straightforward and can be done in depot. This means that the overall lifetime operational and maintenance costs of the buses are decreased.”

As a global manufacturer with manufacturing plants in six countries, Exel’s composites help reduce weight, improve performance, and decrease total life cycle costs, while helping increase energy efficiencies and supporting environmental sustainability.

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