Transdev has been selected by the transport authority Västtrafik as the bus operator for the Gothenburg area for the next ten years. Transdev will operate 370 buses of which 160 are new electric buses by December 2020.
Transdev already operates almost 60 electric buses in Sweden, particularly in Umeå, Eskilstuna, Stockholm and Gothenburg. The new ten-year contract will start in December 2020 and from 2023 Transdev will be the only bus operator in Gothenburg and the surrounding region.
In addition to the 160 electric buses, 210 buses with internal combustion engines will also be operated. However, the requirement here was that they run on biofuels. In Gothenburg, the company already operates Volvo’s electric articulated buses. It is not yet known from which companies the 160 electric buses will be purchased.
The French Transdev group increasingly wants to make do without fossil fuels. “For Transdev, the energy transition is a commitment to quickly convert our vehicle fleet to a growing proportion of low-emission and zero-emission vehicles,” says Thierry Mallet, CEO of the Transdev Group. “Reducing economic and energy dependence on fossil fuels is also a priority for Transdev and for Europe in order to ensure a real transformation of our economic model towards ever cleaner sustainable mobility.”
In addition to battery electric buses, the company will also actively explore hydrogen and fuel cell buses. This summer, France’s first commercially operated hydrogen bus line will be launched in Lens.
Not only in Gothenburg will the fleet become increasingly electric: Transdev plans to operate more than 1,500 electric buses worldwide by 2024. The Group is active in 27 countries, including Germany.