The bus market in Gothenburg goes to… Transdev! That will put on the road 160 electric buses. The public transport company announced it has been awarded a 10 year contract for a total value of €757 million from Västtrafik, the transit authority in the Västra Götaland region.
Transdev gains ground in Sweden
The bus contract achieved by Transdev Sweden follow the ferry contract signed last December. Now the road is paved for a situation where, in 2023, Transdev will eventually become the sole bus operator in Gothenburg and its region, covering Gothenburg, Frölunda, Mölndal, Partille and all express bus lines, and will carry more than 71 million passengers annually. These new 10-year contracts will start in December 2020.
160 electric buses for Transdev in Sweden
Under these contracts, the company highlights, Transdev will operate 370 buses and will commission 160 new zero-emission electric buses. The other 210 buses will operate without fossil fuels and will run exclusively on biofuels. Transdev already operates nearly 60 electric buses in Sweden, in particular in Umeå, Eskilstuna, Stockholm and Gothenburg. In December 2020, Transdev will be operating 220 electric buses, the largest fleet of electric buses in Sweden. Globally, Transdev plans to operate more than 1,500 electric buses by 2024.
In addition to battery-powered buses, Transdev has chosen to actively explore hydrogen and fuel cell electric buses, with projects in the Netherlands and France, the company points out. This summer, Transdev will operate France’s first hydrogen electric bus line in commercial service, on the Tadao network in the Lens conurbation.
Reducing fossil fuel is a priority
“For Transdev, the energy transition is a commitment to quickly convert our vehicle fleet to a growing proportion of low-emission and zero-emission vehicles. Reducing economic and energy dependence on fossil fuels is also a priority for Transdev and for Europe in order to ensure a real transformation of our economic model towards ever cleaner sustainable mobility”, said Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Transdev Group.
“We are very proud of Västtrafik’s renewed trust. We already operate many urban, interurban and regional contracts with public transit authorities and are thus consolidating our Swedish operations. The Transdev Group is also a leading regional rail operator in Sweden, as well as one of the leaders in ferry operations”, said Christian Schreyer, CEO of Northern and Central Europe of Transdev Group.