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Electric bus roll-out planned for Greater Copenhagen

East Denmark’s public transport authority has awarded Keolis a 10-year contract to operate and maintain 47 buses, including 32 which are fully electric.

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The electric buses are due to start running in 2021
The electric buses are due to start running in 2021

Movia, the public transport authority of East Denmark, has awarded Keolis’ Danish subsidiary the contract to operate and maintain 47 buses, including 32 which are fully electric, in the Greater Copenhagen area.

 

Worth more than €100 million, the contract will run for up to 10 years with a two-year extension option.

 

Populous island

 

The agreement covers the Zealand region, the largest and most populous island of Denmark with 2.5 million inhabitants and five large cities. It is scheduled to start in June 2021.

 

Once underway, Keolis will integrate over 170 new employees, including 150 drivers covering six million kilometres per year. It will also be responsible for the maintenance carried out at a newly built depot and workshop facility in Nykøbing Falster, the southernmost corner of the island.

 

Three other depots in Naverland (Copenhagen), Slagelse and Korsør in the west will be equipped with charging terminals.

 

“Movia can count on our full dedication to delivering the best passenger experience and supporting the transition to greener buses, thanks to our worldwide experience in zero-emission bus operations in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the US,” said Bernard Tabary, CEO international at Keolis.

 

Keolis said it works “hand-in-hand” with passengers and PTAs around the world to integrate more sustainable mobility within networks.

 

Keolis said it works “hand-in-hand” with passengers and PTAs around the world to integrate more sustainable mobility within networks.

 

Since summer 2019, Keolis has been awarded contracts to operate fossil-free buses in Gothenburg in Sweden, 140 buses in Bergen (most of them electric), and 346 electric buses in three provinces in the Netherlands.

 

In France, Keolis launched the 100 per cent hydrogen BRT line in Pau and the 100 per cent electric Bus Rapid Transit lines of Bayonne-Biarritz and Amiens, making the company France’s largest operator of 100 per cent electric networks.

 

Keolis has been present in Denmark since 2007, where it operates around 500 buses in nine cities. Keolis is responsible for two of the country’s light-rail networks: one in Aarhus, which opened in December 2017, and another in Odense, scheduled to open in August 2021.

 

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