Nordjyllands Trafikselskab (NT), the public transport authority for Northern Denmark, awarded Keolis a new contract to operate and maintain a fossil free network of 31 buses in Northern Jutland, which notably covers Aalborg and its surroundings.
The contract is set to begin on 1st August 2022 and is valid for ten years (plus six years as an option). The concession will have to run exclusively on electric power by 1st April 2023. The new electric buses are model 3.0 launched by Ebusco.
Keolis new contract Northern Denmark
The network consists of 31 vehicles and comprises seven routes, all of which are connected to the railway and bus station in Aalborg, the fourth-largest city in the country. The buses serve a large part of the region, which has a population of 500,000, and cover approximately four million kilometres per year.
Through this contract, Keolis will contribute to the renewal of the network’s fleet, which will run exclusively on electric power by 1st April 2023. The new electric buses are the new and innovative model 3.0 launched by Ebusco. The depot in Tylstrup will be equipped with a charging infrastructure for approximately ten electric vehicles. Keolis will take on 90 new members of staff as part of the contract, including 80 drivers.
Ebusco claims a range of up to 500 km with one charge for the 3.0 model. Thanks mainly to the weight reduction of one third: the 12 meter bus reaches 8,530 kg. 90 persone are welcomed on board. The new technologies adopted by Ebusco for the 3.0 electric bus model come from aviation and aerospace industry, the company says.
The bus largely consists of composite parts. Composite is a combined material made of at least two constituent materials with different physical or chemical properties. This makes the bus 33% lighter than Ebusco 2.2.