Transport operator reaffirms its commitment to supporting public transport authorities in the transition to greener energy with key win in the Netherlands.


Global transport operator Keolis has secured a €900 million contract to deliver green mobility services across three Dutch provinces.

The ten-year deal will see Keolis support transport authorities in Overijssel, Flevoland and Gelderland as they significantly boost their sustainable transport provision – replacing all existing diesel buses with 300 fully-electric models. The fleet will be the single largest fleet of electric vehicles operating across a single network in the world.

Operation of the new e-buses will begin in December 2020 in Overijssel and Gelderland and between 2021 to 2023 in Flevoland. The enhanced fleet will serve the 3.5 million residents living across the three provinces and connect key cities including Zwolle, Deventer, Lelystad, Apeldoorn and Ede.

The contract reinforces Keolis’ standing as a world leader in the delivery of sustainable transport, overseeing numerous electric mobility projects across Europe and beyond. In addition to its electric fleets in Sweden, it also runs a carbon-free bus network in Bergen, Norway, and the 100 per cent electric BRT lines of Bayonne-Biarritz in France. It is also the largest operator of 100 per cent electric C-type school buses in North America.

In the UK, it is the leader in high-performance light rail services, operating London’s DLR, the Manchester Metrolink and Nottingham’s award-winning urban light rail network, in addition to three major rail franchises.