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FlixBus to Begin First 100% Electric Long-Distance Bus Line in the World on April 12 in France

FlixBus E-Bus in front of Eiffel Tower

++ FlixBus and its partner B.E. Green inaugurate the first long-distance electric bus line in the world between Paris La Défense and Amiens ++ Second E-Bus line to follow in Germany beginning Summer 2018 ++ FlixBus sets an example for the future of mobility where accessibility, technology and ecology meet

MUNICH (April 11, 2018) One month after announcing its E-Bus launch, FlixBus and its partner B.E. Green will inaugurate the first 100% electric long-distance bus line in the world between Paris La Défense and Amiens, France, with regular connections beginning April 12. Additional lines will launch between Frankfurt and Mannheim, Germany, beginning in Summer 2018.

A New Chapter in Long-Distance Mobility

As the first long-distance line with 100% electric coaches begins, FlixBus has changed the trajectory of sustainable public transportation.

“The route between Amiens and Paris La Défense will be the most environmentally-friendly mode of long-distance public transport in the world,” said 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 only € 4.99, and the connection will run from Amiens SNCF to Ermont-Eaubonne to Paris La Défense. From Monday-Thursday, the round-trip connection will run once per day; on the weekend, the frequency will increase to two daily round trips. The duration of each connection is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

A Bus Combining Ecology and Technology

FlixBus and B.E.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 coaches with 49 seats will have free Wi-Fi, USB sockets at each row and overhead luggage compartments. With clean technology boasting no CO2 nor NOx emissions, the new FlixBus E-Buses will save the environment from over 140 tons of CO2 per year.  

In addition to adding E-Buses to the FlixMobility offering, the company continues to fulfill its mission of providing “smart and green mobility for everyone to experience the world” with the recent launch of FlixTrain in Germany, the upcoming launch of FlixBus USA and the continual expansion of networks across the 27 countries in which it currently operates. Additionally, FlixBus recently became the first bus company in the world to integrate with Google Assistant allowing passengers to now book their tickets for the E-Bus – and all of the over 250,000 daily FlixBus connections – using voice control.

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About FlixMobility

FlixMobility is a young mobility provider, offering new alternatives for convenient, affordable and environmentally-friendly travel via the FlixBus and FlixTrain brands. Thanks to a unique business model and innovative technology, the startup has quickly established Europe's largest long-distance bus network and launched the first green long-distance trains in 2018. Since 2013, FlixMobility has changed the way over 100 million people have traveled throughout Europe and created thousands of new jobs in the mobility industry.

From locations throughout Europe, the FlixTeam handles technology development, network planning, operations control, marketing & sales, quality management and continuous product expansion. The daily scheduled service and green FlixBus fleet is managed by bus partners from regional SMEs, while FlixTrain operates in cooperation with private train companies. Through these partnerships, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and a strong international brand meet the experience and quality of tradition. The unique combination of technology start-up, e-commerce platform and classic transport company has positioned FlixMobility as a leader against major international corporations, permanently changing the European mobility landscape. Further company news and pictures can be found in the newsroom.

ANNEX

Vehicle Specifications

Model: Yutong ICE 12, 100% electric

Main Characteristics:

  • Ethylotest Start
  • Length: 12.37 m
  • Width: 2.55 m
  • Height: 3.40 m
  • 12 batteries
  • Energy recovery during braking à increased autonomy
  • CCS2 charge socket

Service on Board:

  • Armrest and adjustable backrest
  • Individual air vents and reading lamps
  • Digital clock
  • 2 roof hatches with fans
  • 1 micro conductor
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • PMR Location
  • Radio CD DVD, USB jacks, Wi-Fi
  • 49 seats
  • 4 electric convectors
  • Ticketing equipment
  • Wiring 4 weathervanes
  • Outdoor speaker
  • 2 cigarette lighter socket 2V
  • Guaranteed battery traction 8 years

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