Denmark: 55 Yutong E-buses Delivered to Keolis

Denmark: 55 Yutong E-buses Delivered to Keolis for Odense and the Greater Copenhagen Area

  • Keolis is now preparing the service launch of the Yutong e-buses in summer 2021, on behalf of Movia and FynBus, the local public transport authorities (PTAs).
  • Receiving the e-buses marks another step in the transition to alternative energies in mobility in the greater Copenhagen area, a process in which Keolis is partnering with PTAs to deliver their vision of greener mobility.

Keolis has received 55 all-electric buses, manufactured by Yutong, of which 35 will be allocated to the Zealand and Falster network in the greater Copenhagen area of Denmark and will enter commercial service in June 2021. The remaining 20 will be assigned to Odense from spring 2021 onwards.

The e-buses were purchased by Keolis following the award of two contracts in 2020:

  • One on 14 April, by Movia, the Public Transport Authority (PTA) in Eastern Denmark, to operate and maintain a total of 47 buses, of which 35 fully electric, around Zealand and Falster for a period of ten years.
  • One on 30 April, by FynBus, the PTA of Odense, to continue operating the city’s bus network for another four years. The network features 70 urban buses, 20 of which are being replaced by fully electric buses.

The Yutong electric buses are 12 metres long with the capacity to carry 62 passengers. These zero-emission buses will contribute to improving air quality as well as quality of life in the region. The e-buses will be charged in their respective depots for up to six hours at night and will have an autonomy of up to 350 km. Until the completion of the new depot in Korsø, the 35 e-buses for the Zealand and Falster network will be temporarily parked in Odense, where the installation of the ticketing and bus IT systems will be carried out.

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The e-buses were purchased by Keolis following the award of two contracts in 2020.

Keolis will test the vehicles and train a total of 395 drivers and 20 maintenance staff over the next two months. The training will cover safety, eco-driving, charging and preventive and corrective maintenance, including high voltage systems, dispatching and monitoring systems.

Keolis has been present in Denmark since 2000, 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. Keolis employs 1,600 people in Denmark.

This article was originally published by Keolis Group.

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