Flixbus has confirmed that it will start the world’s first 100% electric long-distance coach service between Paris La Défense and Amiens tomorrow, using a pair of Yutong ICe12 vehicles. An additional service will launch in Germany between Frankfurt and Mannheim during the summer, using a shorter BYD coach.
“The route between Amiens and Paris La Défense will be the most environmentally-friendly mode of long-distance public transport in the world,” says André Schwämmlein, co-founder and CEO of FlixMobillity. “With this inaugural route we have opened a new chapter in mobility – one that demonstrates the ability for long-distance travel to also be eco-friendly and accessible to anyone.”
Tickets for the new E-Bus line will start at €4.99 (£4.35), and the connection will run from Amiens SNCF railway station to Ermont-Eaubonne to Paris La Défense. From Monday to Thursday, it will operate one round-trip per day; on the weekend, the frequency will increase to two daily round trips. End-to-end journey time is 2hr 15min.
FlixBus and BE Green, a subsidiary of Autocars Dominique, have been working together for more than a year to offer a vehicle that can incorporate the Flixbus standards despite the constraints imposed by the 12 batteries required for its operation. The two 49-seat coaches have free WiFi, USB sockets at each row and overhead luggage compartments. With no CO2 nor NOx emissions, Flixbus says the Yutong electrics will save the environment from over 140tonnes of CO2 per year.
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