On 24 September 2019, the Provinces of Overijssel, Flevoland and Gelderland in the Netherlands entrusted Keolis with the operation and maintenance of 300 electric buses. This will be Keolis’ largest e-bus fleet operated under a single contract. The new electric buses will serve 53 stations in the east and central areas of the Netherlands and will carry 17 million passengers per year in a clean, quiet and reliable mode of transport. This new contract is another milestone for the Group in developing and deploying electromobility solutions around the world, and it reaffirms its commitment to supporting public transport authorities (PTAs) in the transition to greener energies.
The 9½ year bus contract will see Keolis operating a fleet that runs on 100% renewable energy, consisting of 136 mainly electric buses. Synergies between the new bus operation and Keolis’ light rail network will offer passengers a more integrated mobility offer. Keolis’ track record in operating worldwide bus networks and light rail guarantees a solid expertise base for Bergen’s public transport users.
On June 10-12, at the UITP World Congress 2019, Keolis demonstrated how 5G technology can be harnessed to control autonomous vehicles remotely. The 5G technology provided by Ericsson offers increased efficiency, reliability and safety in autonomous vehicles operation. This is another milestone illustrating Keolis’ expertise in autonomous vehicle operations
Keolis has been awarded an eight-year contract to operate bus services linking the city of Aarhus to two international airports. This new contract reinforces Keolis’ presence in Denmark, where it operates Aarhus light rail, the country’s first network, as well as buses. Keolis was awarded the country’s second light rail network in November 2018. It also reinforces Keolis’ expertise in public transport connections to airports thereby reducing the number of cars on the road and pollution
On 29 November, Keolis was selected by Odense Letbane to operate and maintain the new light rail network of Odense, which is now the second in Denmark. This 14.5 km-long network includes 26 stations and is planned to open by the end of 2020. This new project reinforces Keolis’ presence in Denmark where it is currently the operator of the country’s first light rail network (Aarhus) and so reinforces its position as an international leader in tram operations.