The public transport operator Keolis has received 55 e-buses from the Chinese manufacturer Yutong. The vehicles will be used for two projects in Denmark. Keolis has also secured an order from France.
Of the 55 all-electric buses, 35 are to be on the road in the greater Copenhagen area from June 2021, while the remaining 20 electric buses will go to the city of Odense and are to be on the road there as early as this spring. Keolis ordered the vehicles from Yutong after the operator won the two contracts in 2020. The operation in Copenhagen will start later, as a new depot including charging infrastructure still has to be completed there – until then, the buses will be parked in Odense. The ticketing and bus IT systems are already to be installed there.
The twelve-metre Yutong solo buses were built in China and have now arrived in Denmark. The vehicles can seat up to 62 passengers and are supposed to offer a range of up to 350 kilometres in the ideal case.
The board of directors at Île-de-France Mobilités, the public transport authority of the Paris Île-de-France region, have commissioned Keolis to operate and maintain two bus networks in the Yvelines department. In addition to 150 natural gas buses, 40 purely electric buses will also be used. It is not yet clear which model Keolis will use for the contract in France.