Amsterdam Airport Schiphol recently witnessed the launch of 100 new electric passenger buses
09 April 2018
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in the Netherlands recently witnessed the launch of 100 new electric passenger buses, said to be the largest fleet of its kind in Europe, as it pursues clean-air targets. More than 100,000 passengers will now step each day into battery-powered buses operated by Connexxion, French transport company Transdev’s subsidiary in the Netherlands. The contract to provide ‘clean air’ transport, connecting Schiphol to cities like Amsterdam and Haarlem, is estimated to be worth around EUR 1.9 billion over the next 15 years. Although the 18-m articulated buses can only travel between 80 to 90 km, they are re-boosted by an innovative fast-charge system at docking stations along the route, taking about 20 min to top up on battery power. By 2021 more than 260 electric buses will be running on roads around AMS, covering some 30 million km per year. Schiphol Airport’s operations director, Miriam Hoekstra-van der Deen, said that the new bus fleet was a “huge step” in the direction of the airport’s aim to have zero carbon dioxide emissions “on the ground” by 2040. Millions of travellers who arrive at Schiphol each year “will at once be able to see that we are serious about the environment,” she said. -- Transdev also has a second contract to provide electric bus transport to the southern city of Eindhoven.