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Electric buses begin operating in Copenhagen region

Expected to save more than 4,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, the electric buses will serve five towns on Zealand, which has 2.5 million inhabitants, as well as the island of Falster.

 

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The buses will operate on 24 routes in Greater Copenhagen. Copyright: Keolis Denmark
The buses will operate on 24 routes in Greater Copenhagen. Copyright: Keolis Denmark

A fleet of zero-emission buses have been deployed in the Greater Copenhagen region bus network.

 

The network’s fleet of 59 buses comprises 42 electric buses that are expected to save more than 4,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

 

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In 2020, East Denmark’s public transport authority Movia awarded Keolis a 10-year contract (with a two-year extension option) to operate and maintain the bus network.

 

The new network operates 24 routes and buses will serve five towns on Zealand, the largest and most populous of Denmark’s islands with 2.5 million inhabitants, as well as the island of Falster.

 

For the launch of the network, a new depot has been built in the south of the island (in Korsør), and three other depots have been equipped with the infrastructure needed to recharge the electric buses simultaneously. Night-time charging takes six hours, according to Keolis, providing the vehicles with a range of around 350km, depending on operating conditions.

The 5.9 million kilometres the partially electric fleet is expected to cover per year will translate into savings of some 4,500 tonnes of CO2 annually

In addition, the 160 drivers and maintenance personnel have all received special training focusing on safety, eco-driving and recharging, as well as preventive and corrective maintenance so they can operate and maintain these new buses.

 

This launch comes after the recent commissioning of 20 fully electric buses which began running on the Odense network in May 2021. These zero-emission buses will save around 1,020 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

 

In April 2020, FynBus extended Keolis’ contract for the Odense buses that the group has been managing since 2015 for another four years – from August 2023 until August 2027. The contract provides for the operation and maintenance of 70 buses – 20 of which were replaced by fully electric vehicles between April and May 2021.

 

Keolis Group has been operating in Denmark since 2007. It employs 1,600 people and operates around 500 buses in 10 cities, as well as the country’s first tramway network in Aarhus.

 

Keolis also reports it is gearing up for the launch of a second tram network in Odense, scheduled to come into service in early 2022.

 

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