BY 2020 GOTHENBURG WILL HAVE 220 E-BUSES
Next year, Västtrafik starts driving 160 electric buses in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille. It is part of the recent completed tender for the procurement of public transport in the metropolitan area by Västtrafik. The agreement worth SEK 8 billion (€ 756 million) is awarded to the French transport company Transdev. With this new agreement public transport authority Västtrafik will have the largest e-bus fleet in Sweden.
With the new electric buses, Västtrafik will have a total of 220 electric buses in traffic in 2020. This includes 30 new electric buses which are to be delivered this year. In the procurement, there were also options for another 130 electric buses, which Västtrafik decided to lift at the signing of the agreement with Transdev. Already this year, Västtrafik launches 60 electric buses, and together with the new ones, this means a total of 220 electric buses in traffic next year. This makes the company a leader in Sweden in the transition to an electric public transport. According to Peter Hermansson, Chairman of the Board of Västtrafik, all the city traffic in the region Västra Götaland, is expected to be electrified by 2030. The five contracts that are now being procured apply to traffic in southwestern Gothenburg, pedestrian traffic in Gothenburg, express bus traffic and traffic in Mölndal and Partille. The traffic start is in December 2020.
The contract with Transdev is valid until December 2030. The value amounts to SEK 800 million per year, totaling SEK 8 billion for the entire ten-year period. The entire procurement comprises a total of 370 buses, of which 160 will be electric buses. Other vehicles will be operated with 100 percent biofuels.