Along with the Caisse des Dépôts group, Transdev is proud to be an official partner of COP21 in Paris, 30 November through 11 December 2015. Transdev considers it important to be involved in the the United Nations conference on climate change, and to develop innovative solutions that contribute to ecological transition. Transdev Visual has been chosen to transport accredited participants by bus. One of the vehicles will be 100% electric. Caisse des Dépôts/Transdev will have a stand at the Le Bourget Exhibition Center, presenting Transdev solutions encouraging travelers to choose more ecological modes of transport.
“Research and development of solutions for a transition to a lower-carbon economy is a strategic short-term priority for the Transdev group. Being an official partner of COP21 represents Transdev's commitment to providing our fellow citizens with sustainable mobility. It corresponds to our particular vision of our profession, today and tomorrow: convenient transportation in a decarbonated world. ” Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO Transdev Group
Transdev is a pioneer in the field of e-Mobility. By early 2016, Transdev will be operating 153 all-electric buses, including 62 high-capacity vehicles, using all the storage and charging systems on the market today. In fact, one of the Group's strengths is that, by running very diverse networks in so many different parts of the world, Transdev can capitalize on a wealth of experience and find innovative, high-performance solutions that fit the specific climatic conditions and transport habits of each community where they operate.
To guide and support local communities with their energy and ecological transition, Transdev has created the "Living Lab", a community of mass transit systems and experts, openly and transparently sharing their experience operating bus lines with 100% eclectic vehicles.
Among the participants in the Living Lab are:
- California: The Standford University campus all electric bus system;
- California: Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), where Transdev has been operating buses equipped with inductive charging systems (Wave technology)
- California: Foothill Transit, one of the first transit authorities in the US to commit to electric mobility
- York, England: classic double-decker tourist buses are converted from diesel to all-electric
- Espoo, Finland: Transdev operates no less than five different models of electric bus, in extreme weather conditions as part of a public-private research program
- Eskilstuna, Sweden: the urban transit authority operates electric buses with nighttime charging
- Nice, France: first airport bus system to operate electric buses with trickle charging; the system meets two criteria: use of existing infrastructure, and customer satisfaction
What's more, Chronobus in Bayonne France has been conducting a commercial test run of a 12-meter (39-foot) electric bus called Irizar i2e. The test started on 1 October and will run until January 2016. In the greater Parisian area, Transdev is planning to have a bus line 100% equipped with electric vehicles in 2016. The first of these vehicles will start service next month.
“Energy transition remains a common challenge for legislators, industry, and transport operators. In each part of the world where we operate, we are seizing opportunities to make this transition. We are drawing on our vast and diverse experience to come up with custom technical solutions to meet the transit needs of communities with very different conditions.” Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO Transdev Group
Formed in May 2010 by the merger of Transdev with Veolia Transport, Veolia Transdev operates in 28 countries. The former Transdev part of the business operates public transport contracts in France (85 cities, 44 districts), UK (3 cities), Portugal (1 city, 3 regions), Italy (5 cities, 3 regions), Spain (1 city), Germany (intercity, 3 regions) and Australia (3 cities); operates the tramways in Grenoble, Melbourne, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nantes, Nottingham, Orléans, Reims, Strasbourg and Valenciennes, plus the Porto and Genova metros, and is designated operator of networks in Tenerife (under construction) and Madrid and Edinburgh (planned). The former Veolia operates passenger services, and is also contract operator of urban rail networks in Bordeaux, Barcelona, Boston, Melbourne, Rouen, and Stockholm.