Keolis has ordered 88 battery buses from Yutong for use in Bergen, Norway. The E12 buses will be delivered during the coming year.
Keolis was awarded the concession to operate public transport in Bergen this summer. This is valid for ten years – from 2020 to 2030 – and now stipulates that in future 75 per cent of bus traffic will have to be handled by electric buses. Earlier this month, Keolis announced that it had ordered ten Trollino 18 articulated trolleybuses from Solaris. The fleet will operate on Bergen’s only trolleybus line from December 2020.
Keolis has now also ordered 88 classic electric buses from Yutong Eurobus Scandinavian for lines without overhead contact lines. They are 12 metres long, have 34 seats and, according to the public transport company, each has batteries with a capacity of 422 kWh on board. “The pilot bus will be ready for technical inspection in January, then the production of the whole order will start,” the company continues. E12 electric buses with identical configuration have already been in operation in Roskilde, Denmark, and recently delivered to Santiago de Chile. In Scandinavia, Yutong says it has already delivered 15 electric buses to Iceland, 20 to Denmark and 33 to Finland.
For Keolis, the current large order (including the Solaris buses) is already the second substantial investment within a few weeks. The company recently announced that it had ordered 259 battery buses from BYD to be delivered from summer 2020. The background to this mega order is also a ten-year concession for several regions in the Netherlands.
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