As the first municipality in Denmark, Roskilde has chosen to let all internal municipal bus lines operate 100 per cent. of electric buses. It decided the city council at its meeting yesterday evening.
In the city of Roskilde, the municipality, in cooperation with the Movia company, implements electric buses on all nine municipal bus lines, with which the municipality has full decision-making power. This applies to the busy city buses 201A and 202A as well as lines 203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 209 and 212. Together, it comprises about 2.8 million. passengers annually. The electric buses will run from April 2019.
Mayor Joy Mogensen is pleased that the municipality of Roskilde has taken the lead in the green change of public transport.
”I am very pleased that Roskilde City Council, with the decision that all city buses should run on electricity, can make a contribution to slowing down the climate change that the municipality has had close to life in the form of floods. Someone must go forrest in the turnaround to green public transport, and I am pleased that we can do this here in Roskilde, ”says Joy Mogensen.
The chairman of the municipality’s Climate and Environment Committee, Karim Friis Arfaoui, reiterates that electric buses do not emit any local air pollution (NOx and particulate matter).
”There is also no local discharge of CO2 from electric motors, which means that the municipality will save 1,400 tonnes of CO2 annually. This corresponds to the fact that 470 more electric cars suddenly drove on the roads – they could each drive 20,000 km a year – well felt within the boundaries of Roskilde Municipality, ”says Karim Friis Arfaoui.
The buses will also shrink less, which could be felt especially in the densely populated areas of Roskilde city center.
Managing Director of Movia, Dorthe Nøhr Pedersen, sees Roskilde Municipality as ”first mover”, which will push for a development that will surely extend to the rest of Movia’s area – and the rest of the country.
”Movia, together with the municipalities and regions, has agreed on a common goal that bus operations should be fossil-free in 2030. So we are very pleased that the municipality of Roskilde is now leading and can inspire other municipalities to live up to the common climate and environmental goals, ”says Dorthe Nøhr Pedersen.
It is the company Umove East, which has won the offer for electric buses in Roskilde Municipality. Managing Director of Umove, Johnny B. Hansen, states that the buses in Roskilde will come from the world’s largest bus manufacturer – the Chinese company Yutong. The manufacturer has many years of experience with electric buses. And produces a total of 300 buses a day. It will also be the Chinese manufacturer to supply the equipment to charge the buses and provide the service of the total of 20 electric buses. This will happen from a completely new garage, which Umove will build in Marbjerg near Trekroner.
Movia is preparing for the next offer, where the carrier also expects to see electricity on lines 2A and 18 in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, as well as Ballerup and Egedal are expected to introduce electric buses on three bus lines in connection with the tender.
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Yutong e-buses are ready for Bergen. Two batches of E12 electric buses left the port of Shanghai, China, and are on their way to reach the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. The information has been released today by Keolis.
The buses will be delivered as part of a contract awarded by Skyss, the public transport authority of Bergen, Norway, to Keolis in June 2019 to operate and maintain 138 fossil-free buses (of which 102 fully electric vehicles).
The order for 88 Yutong E12 buses signed in late 2019 is still the largest battery-electric bus order in Norway. The Chinese manufacturer has just won the tender issued in Turin (Italy) for as many as 100 e-buses, setting a first in Italy.
88 Yutong e-buses to operate in Bergen
The first batch of 29 e-buses left Shanghai on July 19th, and the second batch of 30 e-buses left Shanghai on July 28th. The 102 electric buses (of which 88 are 12 meters long and 14 are 15 meters long) were ordered to Yutong at the end 2019. A third batch is expected to be shipped on August 4th.
Also 14-meter Yutong e-buses for Bergen
This is an important milestone showing that Keolis is on track on the mobilization planning for an operating start on December 1st, the public transport company points out. On top of these electric buses, Keolis has ordered 10 trolleybuses to Solaris and 26 HVO buses to Volvo.
The model, named Yutong E12, is a 12-meter electric bus with 34 seats and 422 kWh battery capacity. The same model is in operation in Roskilde (Denmark) and was delivered in Santiago de Chile.
Bergen, charging infrastructure for Yutong e-buses
At the same time, infrastructure work is being undertaken at Bergen Mannsverk depot to install charging infrastructure.
Keolis highlights in its press note: «The management team has been recruited, and the 285 Full Time Equivalent drivers are being voluntarily transferred from the incumbent operator or recruited externally. The electric buses will therefore arrive in Bergen on time to start a dedicated training programme. Expected to carry 17 million passengers a year, the fossil-free buses will contribute to improving quality of life for the nearly 300,000 inhabitants of Norway’s second largest city, where we already operate the tram network».
July 29th, 2020