France: Orleans to set up fully electric public transport grid
The French city of Orleans is planning to set up a fully electric public transportation network by 2024. This is based on a contract set up by the 22 communities in the Orleans area with public transport operator Keolis.
Next to the already operating electric trams, the entire bus fleet of the city will be electrified by 2024. How many vehicles this exactly entails has not been specified b the operator, though. The plan also includes provisions for the procurement of 1,120 electric bicycles for long term rentals.
Keolis has been responsible for the operation of Orleans’ public transport grid since 2012, which is known under the name Tao, and has received a six year extension with the new order. The network will feature the lowest emissions of any fleet in France, according to Keolis CEO Frédéric Baverez. Next to the electrification of bus and bicycle transport, the company also plans to launch a new on-demand transport service, the improvement of services for people with mobility disabilities and a bicycle sharing programme. About 282,000 people are living in the Orleans region.