Schiphol’s battery-powered vehicles will transport more than 100,000 passengers per day
Amsterdam’s busy Schiphol airport has made a huge step towards becoming an environmentally friendly operation as they have purchased 100 new electric passenger buses.
The largest project of its kind in Europe will implement the battery-powered, vehicles operated by French transport giant Transdev’s subsidiary, Connexxion, and will transport over 100,000 travellers per day.
“We believe the future of mobility will be electric,” Transdev’s chief executive Thierry Mallet told AFP.
“This project sets the standards for the whole electrical bus industry.”
The contract aims to provide “clean air” transport and will connect Schiphol with Amsterdam and Haarlem. It will cost around $2.3 billion over next 15 years.
By 2021 the airport plans to utilise more than 260 electric buses around Schiphol, covering some 30 million kilometres per year, Mallet said.
Despite the fact that the 18-metre-long buses can only travel around 80 to 90 kilometres, they are equipped with a “fast charge” system at stations along the route. It should take only around 20 minutes until the battery is fully charged.
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Even though other buses in the same category are able to travel up to 250 kilometres on one charge, the 80 kilometres limitation was chosen deliberately.
“We specifically chose this approach, because we want to transport people and not batteries,” Mallet added.
Miriam Hoekstra-van der Deen, Schiphol airport operations director, said the new green bus fleet was a “huge step” in the direction of Schiphol’s aim to become environment-friendly. The airport aims to have zero carbon dioxide emissions “on the ground” by 2040.
Passengers who arrive at the airport each year “will at once be able to see that we are serious about the environment,” she said.