Denmark: Keolis to introduce e-buses in Odense following contract extension

18 mai 2020

On 30th April, Danish public transport authority (PTA) FynBus awarded Keolis a four-year extension worth 75 million euros to operate and maintain 70 urban buses in Odense, Denmark. The original contract due to expire in August 2023 will now run until August 2027 and feature the conversion of 20 buses to 100% electric-powered vehicles. This new milestone confirms Keolis’ commitment to partnering effectively with PTAs by advising and accompanying them in the transition to greener energies.

Keolis has been operating Odense’s urban bus network on behalf of FynBus since 2015. Under the new contract, which begins in August 2023, Keolis will replace 20 of the 70-strong bus fleet with fully electric vehicles. The e-buses, which are manufactured by Yutong, are due for delivery in spring 2021. Keolis will also train drivers and maintenance staff, test the e-buses prior to their launch and install e-bus charging stations in the depot to enable a full 6-hour overnight charge.

225 drivers operate the 70 urban buses in Odense, Denmark's third largest city (200,000 inhabitants) located on the central island of Funen (west of the island of Zealand). In 2021, the bus network, which features 10 lines, will be reconfigured to ensure optimal connectivity with the Odense tram network which Keolis  will launch in the autumn.

" We are delighted to receive this extension on our Odense bus network contract from FynBus and honoured by its trust which illustrates our strong partnership culture and the quality of our operations.

FynBus can count on our determination to deliver the best passenger experience and support the transition to vehicles powered by greener energies thanks to our worldwide experience in zero-emission bus operations in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the US. "

Bernard Tabary, CEO International at Keolis Group

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