Sweden: Keolis renewed in Stockholm to operate fossil-free and new electric buses, a step forward for greener mobility

Published on 24/07/2020
On 3 July 2020, the Swedish public transport authority (PTA) Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) awarded Keolis a four-year extension worth 500 million euros to operate and maintain a fossil-free bus fleet in Stockholm, Sweden.

The original contract, due to expire in August 2022, will now run until August 2026 and features the introduction of 15 new fully electric buses to the current fleet.

This new milestone reflects SL's confidence in Keolis as a partner to provide a reliable, clean and comfortable mobility service to Stockholm's residents and visitors, and to support its transition to electric buses.

On 3 July 2020, Keolis Sverige, Keolis' Swedish subsidiary, was awarded a four-year contract extension by SL worth 500 million euros. Effective August 2022, it covers the operation and maintenance of 335 fossil-free buses to serve the centre of Stockholm and Lidingö island northeast of the city, home to 400,000 residents.

Under this new contract, 15 new electric buses will complete the existing fleet from August 2022, paving the way for the PTA to roll out its electrification strategy for a greener public transportation system. Keolis will also enhance the passenger experience by implementing an IT system which will allow commuters to keep track of the precise position and arrival time of the next bus and know the number of passengers on board.

The 361 km network features 41 lines, 400 bus stations, three depots and carries 80 million passengers annually. A new depot equipped with a charging system for the e-buses is due to be built and 1,400 Keolis staff will be dedicated to operating and maintaining this network.

We are delighted that SL, our partner since 2003, has decided to extend their long-term relationship with us. Together, we will improve the quality of mobility as part of a strategy to develop greener cities. Thanks to our global experience in zero-emission bus operations elsewhere in Europe, Canada and the US, I have every confidence that we will successfully manage these sustainable contract transfers in close collaboration with the local authority.

 

Bernard Tabary, CEO International at Keolis Group

Keolis’ commitment to accelerating the transition to greener energies worldwide

Keolis works hand-in-hand with PTAs around the world to integrate more sustainable mobility within networks for the benefit of passengers and the environment. Recent wins and launches have confirmed the Group’s role as a central actor in the transition to greener energies.

Earlier this year, Keolis was awarded a ten-year contract to operate and maintain 47 buses, including 32 fully electric vehicles in the greater Copenhagen area, in Denmark, starting in June 2021. In Norway, in 2019, Keolis was awarded a contract to operate and maintain 140 fossil-free buses in the city of Bergen, of which about 100 are electric. Keolis is fully mobilized in order to start the operations by the end of 2020.

In the same year, in France, Keolis launched the 100% hydrogen Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in Pau and the 100% electric BRT lines of Bayonne-Biarritz and Amiens, making Keolis France’s largest operator of 100% electric networks.

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

A presence of more than 15 years in Sweden

Present in Sweden since 2003, Keolis Sverige is the second-largest player in the Swedish bus market which counts over 6,000 employees. It operates in six regions with around 1,800 fossil-free buses, covering 93 million km and carrying 240 million passengers every year.