Keolis orders 347 fully electric buses for networks in Norway and the Netherlands

12 December 2019 - Keolis has purchased 259 fully electric buses made by the manufacturer BYD for the Netherlands and 88 fully electric buses from the manufacturer Yugong Eurobus Skandinavia for the city of Bergen in Norway. The purchases come in the wake of two new contracts for Keolis: one from the provinces of Overijssel, Flevoland and Gelderland in the Netherlands to operate and maintain 300 e-buses for a period of ten years; and a second from Skyss, Bergen’s public transport authority, to operate and maintain 136 mainly electric buses for a period of nine and a half years.

The purchases are an important milestone for the Group as it continues to develop and deploy electromobility solutions around the world and strengthens its commitment to combat climate change and supporting public transport authorities in their transition to greener energies.

Electric vehicles to enhance passenger experience 

The e-buses for the Netherlands are BYD’s 8.7-metre, 12-metre and new 13-metre eBus models. While the 13-metre model is equipped with a new upgraded battery technology, the 12-metre model – which constitutes the most important part of the order - will be equipped with pantographs. The e-buses - which will replace the diesel buses currently in service in the region - are scheduled to be delivered from summer 2020.

The 300 e-buses that Keolis will operate across the network will serve 53 bus stations in eastern and central areas of the Netherlands and will carry 17 million passengers per year using a clean, quiet and reliable mode of transport. With this new contract, Keolis is introducing its largest ever single fleet of electric vehicl es operating across a single network worldwide.

The e-buses in Bergen, Norway are Yutong E12 buses which are 12 metres long with 34 seats and 422 kWh batteries. The new buses will provide both comfort and safety for Bergen’s passengers thanks to air conditioning, a passenger information travel system, WiFi and seat belts. The buses will feature a lower floor which makes travelling easier for reduced mobility passengers. Above the doors a passenger counting system will be installed. The e-buses - which will replace the diesel and natural gas buses currently in service in Bergen - are scheduled for delivery in autumn 2020.

Moreover, as part of the contract, Keolis will also introduce ten new electric trolleybuses made by the manufacturer Solaris.

The 136 mainly electric buses are expected to carry 17 million passengers annually.

2019: a key year for the rise in sustainable mobility

Keolis works hand in hand with passengers and PTAs around the world to integrate more sustainable mobility in transport networks. Recent contracts and other milestones have confirmed the Group’s commitment as a key player in the energy transition.

Keolis oversees numerous sustainable mobility projects across Europe. In addition to its electric fleets in Norway and the Netherlands, Keolis has just been awarded a new contract to operate fossil-free commuter buses in Gothenburg and Boras in Sweden, where it operates around 1,800 fossil-free buses across the country.

In North America, Keolis operates electric buses in Greensboro (North Carolina), Foothill (South California) and Reno (Nevada) in the United States. In December 2018 it became the largest operator of 100% electric C-type school buses in Canada.

In France, Keolis recently launched the 100% electric BRT lines in Bayonne-Biarritz and Amiens. It is currently working on the launch of the 100% hydrogen BRT line in Pau, scheduled for the end of the year.