Schiphol Airport: implementing the electric future
Public transport in and around Schiphol Airport has become a lot greener thanks to the introduction of 100 electric buses. Together, they comprise the biggest zero-emissions bus fleet in Europe. Bart Kraaijvanger, Manager of Connexxion’s Zero-Emission Programme, details both the work that has made this possible and the plan to increase the size of the fleet to no fewer than 258 electric buses by 2021.
Schiphol Airport, and the surrounding area, is part of the Amstelland-Meerlanden (AML) concession, which includes the municipalities of Aalsmeer, Amstelveen, Ouder-Amstel (except for Duivendrecht), Uithoorn and Haarlemmermeer. This concession, won by the Transdev company Connexxion in 2017, runs from 10 December 2017 to 11 December 2027 and has a value of approximately €100 million per year (including €40.5 million in subsidies received from the Amsterdam Transport Region).
Based on a study, the Amsterdam Transport Region and Schiphol Airport decided to include the use of zero-emissions (ZE) buses as a requirement in the invitation to tender. Schiphol Airport financed and built the infrastructure for the charging points on the Schiphol grounds. The concession win and implementation of the fleet has future-proofed the city of Amsterdam in terms of sustainable urban transport, says Bart Schmeink, CEO of Transdev Netherlands.
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