Dutch provinces bring fully electric public transport buses into service - SmartCitiesWorld

Keolis is introducing its largest ever single fleet of electric vehicles operating across a single network in the world and is committed to helping the two local public transport authorities navigate the energy transition.

A fleet of 246 all-electric zero-emission buses, which have begun operating in the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel (eastern Netherlands), are forecast to cut around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 from the country’s environmental footprint per year.

With this new contract, Keolis said it is introducing its largest ever single fleet of electric vehicles operating across a single network in the world and demonstrates its commitment to helping local public transport authorities navigate the energy transition. Keolis’ Dutch subsidiary will operate the e-bus network.

Quality of life

The new e-bus network has 120 lines and 50 stations, connecting 180 villages and four medium-sized cities – Apeldoorn, Zwolle, Ede, Deventer – with a total population of 3.1 million.

“We are very pleased to launch such a large number of electric buses in one go which will deliver benefits for both the environment and quality of life for people in these provinces,” said Bernard Tabary, CEO international, Keolis Group.

“We are proud to do our part in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic by helping the two transport authorities rebuild passenger trust and reach their green goals with this safe, comfortable new fleet.”

In recent months, more than 800 employees have been trained to operate the e-bus network – 750 as drivers and 50 in planning, logistics, maintenance, HR, marketing, and other staff positions.

Additionally, some bus stations and depots have been upgraded to include 27 pantographs and 177 charging stations have been installed at seven bus depots for overnight charging, with a full charge taking one and a half hours.

The new e-bus network has 120 lines and 50 stations, connecting 180 villages and four medium-sized cities – Apeldoorn, Zwolle, Ede, Deventer

Manufactured by BYD, the 12-metres long vehicles can carry 39 seated and 40 standing passengers, while the 13-metre version has capacity for 41 seated and 14 standing passengers.

Replacing the existing diesel fleet, these e-buses are forecast to reduce emissions by 15,755 tonnes of CO2, 5.31 tonnes of nitrogen and 133 kilos of fine particulates over their 25-million kilometres total annual runs. They will also lower noise pollution: Keolis reports an electric-powered bus runs at less than 70 decibels, versus 85 decibels for diesel.


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