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Gothenburg PTA awards 10-year fully electric bus fleet contract

Under the terms of the €150m contract, Keolis Sverige will replace the city’s biodiesel and biogas-powered buses with fully electric ones and adapt three depots.

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Contract marks Keolis' first 100 per cent electric bus contract in Sweden. Copyright: Keolis Sverige
Contract marks Keolis' first 100 per cent electric bus contract in Sweden. Copyright: Keolis Sverige

Västraffik, Gothenburg’s public transport authority (PTA), has awarded Keolis Sverige a contract to operate and maintain an articulated fully electric bus fleet in the north-eastern part of the city.

 

The 10-year contract, worth €150m to multinational transportation company Keolis’ Swedish subsidiary, will come into force in June 2022.

 

Strategic goal

 

This contract is part of Västraffik’s strategic goal of converting its city bus fleet into electric buses by 2030. Gothenburg and its metropolitan area are home to 1.5 million residents. Located in the south-western part of the country, it is Sweden’s second largest city.

 

Under the terms, Keolis Sverige will replace the city’s biodiesel and biogas-powered buses with fully electric ones and adapt three depots where the electric vehicles can be maintained and charged.

 

“We are honoured that Västraffik, with whom we have been partners since 2010, has entrusted us with operating and maintaining the 100 per cent e-bus network in Gothenburg,” said Bernard Tabary, CEO international of Keolis Group.

 

“We look forward to supporting our public transport authority partner in rolling out electric buses and making the necessary changes to the infrastructure that will improve the daily life of Gothenburg’s residents. Keolis’ expertise in electromobility will doubtless be a key factor in the success of this project.”

 

The network features two lines and will carry 17 million passengers annually. The articulated electric buses are expected to cover 2.9 million kilometres per year.

Keolis Sverige will replace the city’s biodiesel and biogas-powered buses with fully electric ones and adapt three depots where the electric vehicles can be maintained and charged

The e-buses can be charged at the three depots across the network, all of which will be adapted and equipped with overnight charging facilities. To deploy e-buses and adapt the infrastructure, Keolis reports it can draw on the best practices developed and lessons learnt in deploying alternative energy fleets in France, Norway, the Netherlands and the US.

 

On behalf of Västraffik, Keolis operates three other bus networks, all running on alternative energies and, by the end of the year, will operate a fourth network linking Gothenburg to Borås. Since January 2021, Keolis has also been testing a Navya-built autonomous electric shuttle service in Gothenburg’s Lindholmen Industrial and Science park.

 

In 2020, Keolis teamed up with partners in Stockholm to remotely control and supervise autonomous electric vehicles using 5G technology.

 

The group reports that it operates a total of about 4,000 alternative energy vehicles worldwide, which accounts for some 20 per cent of its bus fleet.

 

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