Sustainable & Smart Mobility: Flix launches first international biogas buses
+ Renewable biogas-powered buses to drive between NL and BE and between SE and NOR from July 1
+ Biogas is promising alternative fuel with a proven track record in inner-city traffic
+ Climate-friendly biogas with around 75% less CO2-emissions than diesel operations on same route (calculation by NGO atmosfair), sourced by OG (OrangeGas) (Bio-CNG) and Gasum (Bio-LBG)
+ Buses built by European manufacturers Iveco and Scania and operated by local FlixBus partners
Munich, June 29, 2021 – FlixMobility, the leading tech-mobility company for intermodal and sustainable mobility, takes the next step to a greener future of mobility: Starting July 1, the first international biogas-powered buses will drive between Amsterdam and Brussels and between Stockholm and Oslo. The bus between the Netherlands and Belgium will be powered by compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG) and is produced by Iveco while the bus running between Sweden and Norway will be powered by liquified biogas (LBG) and is a Scania model. To ensure that these buses are only fueling up the most climate-friendly biogas, FlixBus partners with gas providers OG (OrangeGas) and Gasum.
André Schwämmlein, Co-Founder and CEO FlixMobility: “After the strenuous last 1.5 years, more and more people start travelling again and the demand for bus travel is rising. Green-tech is at the core of our business and one of our key sustainability drivers: We ensure that the resurgence of travel is sustainable, and biogas is certainly one of the most important technologies to achieve this already today.”
Biogas as a near-term solution to significantly reduce emissions
While regular FlixBuses are already the most climate-friendly means of transport in many countries, renewable biogas offer a great chance to further reduce the CO2-footprint of collective travel. Both technologies are available along a great part of our European routes. Its availability will improve quickly throughout Europe, especially as the EU decided to make fueling points for road fuel gas available along main European road networks (TEN-T). From trying alternative fuels in different projects, the company plans to get a better understanding of how the technologies are perceived by bus partners and customers but also explore operational constraints, advantages, and a potential impact on operational cost.
In order to introduce these two buses to the FlixBus fleet, the company made sure to choose routes where climate-friendly renewable biogas is already available and cooperated with Iveco and Scania on a remodeling of existing biogas bus models to offer even more comfort on its long-distance routes.
atmosfair, the climate-NGO Flix partners with for climate strategy and CO2-offsetting, is involved to verify the biogas origin and make sure Flix receives the greenest gas possible. Their preliminary calculations indicate a CO2 reduction of around 75% compared to diesel operations on the routes between Amsterdam and Brussels and between Stockholm and Oslo.
Agnostic about technology: Flix builds on a future with alternative fuels
These biogas buses are only the latest addition to the sustainable Flix fleet. In 2018, FlixBus started piloting the world’s first all-electric long-distance buses in Germany, France and the USA. In late 2019 the company announced a collaboration with German technology company Freudenberg and its plans to build the first long-distance hydrogen bus. A bus running between London and Dortmund is equipped with solar panels that enable the bus to save around 7% of fuel on this route. All FlixTrains are powered by 100% green electricity.
Schwämmlein: “Our vision is to offer sustainable mobility to everybody. That is why today, and, in the future, we will be among the first to try out new, sustainable technologies. Together with our bus-, industry- and NGO partners we are constantly looking to further improve our CO2-footprint and continue to drive transformative change in the mobility sector via cross-sector partnerships. In order to speed up the process, we rely on political attention, investment, and the right policy incentives to develop even more alternative fuels and infrastructure.”
Flix is a mobility tech company, 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 as well as a pilot project for all-electric buses in Germany and France. Since 2013, Flix has changed the way people have travelled throughout Europe and created thousands of new jobs in the mobility industry. In 2018, Flix launched FlixBus USA to bring this new travel alternative to the United States.
From locations throughout Europe and the United States, 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 mobility landscape.