Sweden: Keolis to operate alternative energy buses in Uppsala

31st May 2021

On 11 May 2021, Keolis was awarded a new contract by the public transport administration Uppsala to operate a large fleet of alternative energy buses. Worth approximately €540 million, this nine-year contract gives Keolis responsibility to operate and maintain a completely new bus fleet running on biogas and biodiesel from June 2022. The new contract grows Keolis' footprint in Sweden, where it has been operating alternative energy urban bus networks since 2003. 

A network serving over 380,000 residents north of Stockholm

The bus network in Uppsala county, located 70 km north of Stockholm, features 71 lines and 2,800 stops connecting the county's three main cities, Uppsala, Enköping and Bålsta. A special bus service to and from the academic hospital in Uppsala will also be introduced, featuring six buses equipped with toilets, wheelchair spaces, defibrillators and lock-boxes for the safe transportation of laboratory samples. The drivers in charge of transport to and from the hospital will undergo special training.
Keolis will purchase the entire bus fleet, which it will operate and maintain in ten different depots1.
With this new contract, Keolis is forecast to carry over 28 million passengers every year in the Uppsala region.

Recent successes for Keolis in Sweden

The contract win in Uppsala county follows that of Keolis' first all-electric bus contract in Gothenburg, awarded on 16 April 2021 by Västraffik, the public transport authority of Gothenburg. The contract, which also takes effect in June 2022, covers the operation of the city’s bus network featuring a fleet of fully electric articulated buses carrying 17 million passengers per year on two lines and covering 2.9 million kilometres annually.
Since January 2021, Keolis has also been testing an autonomous electric shuttle service, manufactured by Navya, in Gothenburg’s Lindholmen Industrial and Science park.
In 2020, Keolis joined forces with partners in Stockholm for the remote control and supervision of autonomous electric vehicles using 5G technology.
Keolis Sverige has been present in Sweden since 2003 and operates 1,600 fossil-free buses in four Swedish counties, covering 100 million kilometres every year. Keolis has over 4,500 employees in Sweden.

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