Flixbus, the European bus and coach operator, is to begin trials of an electric bus on long-distance routes in France and Germany.
In April the first Flix-E bus will begin testing on the Paris to Amiens route, and in the Summer the second bus will operate on the Hessen to Baden-Württemberg route, which is traditionally part of the expanded operations for holidaymakers.
In addition to its Flix-E bus programme, FlixMobility is preparing to launch FlixBus USA in Los Angeles this Spring and will launch its long-distance green train in Germany this month.
“We want to help shape the future of mobility. Although e-buses are currently much more expensive to buy, we are convinced that this will be a worthwhile investment in the long run, for our company, our customers and the environment,” said André Schwämmlein, Founder and CEO of FlixBus. “As a provider, we are demonstrating that this is a potential turning point in mobility. Likewise, the first all-electric long-distance bus is a signal to bus manufacturers to drive innovation and develop alternatives to pure diesel vehicles. Sustainable mobility is not only about driving business but is also about the social and environmental aspects of travelling.”