Reviving tradition, Warsaw to test Hungarian Ikarus electric bus

Ikarus buses used to be quite popular in Eastern Europe before the fall of communism

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Magyar Hírlap
The fully electric Ikarus 120e bus.

In the first half of September, new Hungarian-made fully electric Ikarus buses will be tested in regular service in the Polish capital.

According to a statement on Wednesday from the Warsaw municipal bus company (MZA), the Ikarus 120e, a purely electric, low-floor city bus, has already been tested in Kraków and is now “continuing its tour in Poland.”

The electric bus was set to run from Thursday this week until Sept. 16 on the route between the capital’s main railway station (Dworzec Centralny) and the resort town of Konstancin Jeziorna near Warsaw.

“The legendary brand that had been an inseparable part of Warsaw for six decades is returning to the streets of the capital,” the MZA announcement read.

It was recalled that Ikarus 620 buses have been operating in the capital since the 1960s. However, the later Ikarus 280 and Ikarus 260 became the most popular, which were in circulation in Warsaw until 2013 and which the local residents called “Madziar” (Hungarian).

Ikarus 280 bus at the Jelenia Góra station in Poland in 1989.

In Hungary, the Ikarus 120e type electric buses first entered service in Székesfehérvár at the beginning of July. Since then, the vehicle has also been tested in Germany.

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