Context: Aiming for zero carbon emissions by 2050
Resolutely committed to decarbonization, the Southern Region of France has set a target of achieving carbon neutrality for its public transit by 2050. Collaborating with multiple partners, it has embarked on an expansive program to transition to clean energies.
In 2021, Keolis secured two public service delegations for the operation, maintenance and electrification of all 19 bus and coach lines of the ZOU! regional transport network in the Alpes-Maritimes department from 2022 to 2030. This partnership with Keolis underlines the Region’s commitment to environmental stewardship and its capacity for innovation in low-emission transport.
Transitioning to electric buses represents a considerable challenge for any transit network. Not only does it involve replacing conventional diesel buses with their electric equivalents, but it also requires a far-reaching transformation that includes both infrastructure and operational strategies. This involves installing charging stations throughout the network, scheduling charging times and operating times for 24-hour periods, maintaining new types of equipment, monitoring networks and equipment, training drivers and more. This shift requires new skills and expertise, including that of equipment manufacturers and charging infrastructure managers as well as the comprehensive experience of a well-rounded team.