Keolis has been awarded a ten-year contract, worth €150million, by Västraffik, Gothenburg’s public transport authority (PTA), to operate and maintain articulated fully electric buses.
The contract is scheduled to come into force in June 2022 and will be the first all-electric bus contract in Sweden.
The contract includes replacing the city’s biodiesel and biogas-powered buses with electric ones and adapting three depots so they can maintain and charge the electric vehicles. This is part of Västraffik’s goal of converting its city bus fleet into electric buses by 2030.
Bernard Tabary, CEO International, Keolis Group, says: “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. Keolis’ expertise in electromobility will doubtless be a key factor in the success of this project.”
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.