The largest electric bus fleet in Europe & more

Newsletter 5, August 2019

Heuliez electric bus on display in Groningen

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Welcome to Modasti’s fifth newsletter. You subscribed to this newsletter recently, or we met or communicated at some point over the last three years.

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The largest electric bus fleet in Europe

Electric buses are gaining ground in Europe. Currently, the largest electric bus fleet in Europe is a fleet of 100 VDL battery electric buses in the Netherlands (operated by Transdev in the Amsterdam Schiphol area) but that position will be overtaken this coming December when a fleet of 164 ebuses will enter passenger service in the Groningen Drenthe area. Operated by Qbuzz, this fleet will consist of battery electric buses from bus manufacturers Heuliez (see photo), Ebusco (with a range of 400km) and VDL. The Netherlands will lose its leading position in December 2020, when the Gothenburg urban area in Sweden launches an electric bus fleet of 220 vehicles. Mainly operated by Transdev, this bus fleet will consist of buses manufactured by Volvo.

It is unclear who will come next. German cities have high ambitions but no 100+ fleets in the pipeline yet. Paris has taken very concrete steps with a framework agreement between its operator RATP and three manufacturers (Heuliez, Bolloré and Alstom) for a potential amount of up to 800 electric buses in the period 2019–2024. These numbers are however dwarfed by fleet sizes in China. The city of Shenzhen – home to ebus manufacturer BYD – has a total of 16,000 electric buses in use.

Modasti Consulting and electric buses

Are you looking for a partner in your journey to large scale deployment of electric buses? We can assist you with nearly all aspects of electric bus deployment – from strategic decisions, the best way of charging to the ideal composition of bus fleets, including detailed calculations of Total Cost of Ownership. Have a look at our website or contact us directly for more information.

Modasti on LinkedIn: about Dubai, Stockholm and Utrecht

Modasti’s LinkedIn profile has become our main social media channel. Here you can find posts about our recent trips to Dubai and Stockholm and a presentation about Integrated Risk Management we gave in Utrecht. Have a look and press the blue Follow button to stay updated for more news.

See you in Brussels!?

My colleague Petra van den Boorn and I will be in attendance at the International Bus Conference in Brussels – organised by UITP and Busworld – from 21 to 23 October 2019. Petra is speaker in the session ‘Bus service tendering and contracting’. We hope to meet you in Brussels!

Arjen Jaarsma Public Transport Expert
+31 6 235 88 096
Modasti Consulting

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