Public transport operator Keolis has commissioned an electric bus line in the southwest of France where ten Irizar electric articulated buses will be put into operation. The twelve-kilometre line with 30 stations connects Bayonne with Biarritz.
A second electric bus line connecting Bayonne with Tarnos will be inaugurated next year with eight more electric buses. Keolis already has experience with the articulated buses from the Spanish bus manufacturer: In May of this year, the public transport operator already integrated 43 electric Irizar buses into its fleet in Amiens, Northern France.
On the new electric bus line, the journey from Bayonne to Biarritz will take about 30 minutes. Buses will depart every 12 minutes during the day, on weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 0:30 a.m., from Thursday to Saturday even until 2:30 a.m. Passengers at the 30 stations are informed in real-time by a display system, in the event of delays.
Irizar’s 18-metre articulated buses, eight of which will also operate on the second line to Tarnos, have 150 seats, some of which are tailored for passengers with reduced mobility. The buses can be quickly charged within five minutes via a current collector, or alternatively at night in the depot, which takes between three and four hours. The Keolis depot in Bayonne is currently being prepared for the charging and maintenance of the buses, and according to the announcement, 110 employees have already been trained to operate the new e-buses.