On 12 December 2021, Keolis, in close cooperation with Swedish public transport authority Västtrafik, started operating the commuter bus service between the cities of Gothenburg and Borås in the west of Sweden.
In preparation for full autonomy, Keolis, in partnership with Urban ICT Arena, Telia, Ericsson, Intel and T-engineering, demonstrated a 5G remotely controlled autonomous electric minibus at Kista Science Centre in Stockholm, using artificial intelligence to monitor the well-being and behaviour of passengers inside the vehicle.
Published on 06/29/2021
On 27 June 2021, Keolis’ subsidiary in Denmark, Keolis Danmark began operating and maintaining the Greater Copenhagen region’s bus network. The network's fleet of 59 buses features 42 electric buses that will save more than 4,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. This launch comes after the recent commissioning of 20 fully electric buses which began running on the Odense network in May 2021.
On 26 April 2021, Keolis started operating the second 100% electric Bus Rapid Transit (e-BRT) line of the Chronoplus transport network, linking Tarnos to Bayonne, in the south-west of France, on behalf of the Basque Country Public Transport Authority SMPBA (Syndicat des Mobilités Pays Basque Adour). The first e-BRT line, linking Bayonne to Biarritz, entered service in September 2019.
The new line is 10 km long and features 24 stations and seven 100% electric vehicles which will carry approximately 90,000 passengers per month. This new line will increase the transport offer by 25% (more frequency) and with the objective of increasing ridership by 50%.
On 16 April 2021, Keolis was awarded a ten-year contract, worth €150 million, by Västraffik, Gothenburg's public transport authority (PTA), to operate and maintain articulated fully electric buses. The contract is scheduled to come into force in June 2022.
It includes replacing the city’s biodiesel and biogas-powered buses with fully electric ones and adapting three depots so they can maintain and charge the electric vehicles. This is part of Västraffik’s goal of converting its city bus fleet into electric buses by 2030.
The award reflects Västraffik’s confidence in Keolis as a partner in converting its buses into electric ones across the region in order to provide reliable, clean and comfortable mobility solutions to Gothenburg’s residents and visitors.