Engie signs pan-European bus charging deal

The Dutch charging developer for public transport fleets Heliox has signed a service framework agreement with the French multinational electricity utility Engie.

Under the deal Engie, which develops electric vehicle charging solutions, will provide installation, operation and maintenance services for Heliox’s electric bus charging infrastructure.

The deal will cover nine different countries including the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Heliox is currently in the process of extending its charging infrastructure around Europe and has been looking for a partner with which to sustain and expand the company’s growing network.

Heliox provides charging infrastructure for one of the largest electric-bus operations in Europe, in Eindhoven, which boasts a fleet of 43 electric buses that are powered via 12 Heliox fast DC 2×30 kW chargers with 24 individual charging points.

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Electrifying bus networks has become something of an Engie-speciality in recent months as the company has worked on a number of such international projects.

In March [2019], Engie signed an agreement with Transantiago to electrify the bus transit system in the Chilean capital city.

The French company financed the installation and maintenance of 50 electric vehicle chargers enabling the rollout of 100 electric buses in the city. Transantiago agreed to power all the company’s electric buses using renewable energy provided by Engie.