Global warming is a hot topic, news articles about fine dust falling from the air are proliferating, and more and more cities are banning polluting vehicles from the city centre. Since teleportation is still not possible, Keolis must seek environmentally-friendly alternatives.
“Older, environmentally unfriendly vehicles are already banned in several cities. Newly purchased vehicles are increasingly hybrid and electric. They are much more environmentally-friendly, but also require a different maintenance technique", says Spinnoy Jurgen, Maintenance Expert at Keolis Belgium.
Since October 2018 some sixty mechanics have thus been trained in collaboration with Educam, the knowledge and training centre of the automotive and related sectors. Over a two-day training course, they learn more about the construction of electric and hybrid vehicles and the components of these drive systems. At the end of this two-day training course, they must pass a theoretical and practical test before receiving their certificate. The certificate is valid for six years. This is followed by followed by a tailored training course with all the specifications of the hybrid/electric vehicle. This enables the technical staff to work on these vehicles in complete safety.
The first hybrid bus at Keolis has been operating at TCM Cars in Visé since 2013, but recently thirteen new hybrid vehicles were purchased. These will all be on the road by the end of this month.