February 4, 2016

Finnish electric bus manufacturer heads for billion-euro markets

Linkker has signed a 1.3-million-euro deal to deliver electric buses for a bus route in Copenhagen.
Linkker has signed a 1.3-million-euro deal to deliver electric buses for a bus route in Copenhagen.
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The Finnish startup company Linkker, which designs and manufactures electric buses, is heading full speed onto the global electric bus markets.

Linkker has signed a 1.3-million-euro deal to deliver electric buses for a bus route in Copenhagen. In addition it will supply 12 electric buses for the Helsinki Capital Region in Finland. The news was reported by the Finnish business daily Kauppalehti.

However, with the global popularity of electric buses growing, the company is aiming for even larger markets. Paris and Amsterdam, for instance, have decided on the electrification of their bus traffic by 2025. Linkker’s managing director Kimmo Erkkilä estimates that the markets are worth billions.

Major automobile manufacturers are also joining in on the competition and are expected to complete their electric bus models in the next few years. According to Erkkilä, the two following years are critical for Linkker.

Kauppalehti reports that Linkker’s advantage is total cost-effectiveness. Its buses consume 30 per cent less than competitors’ buses. The buses’ aluminium chassis are light and the battery can be charged in as little as under three minutes. The battery stands up to challenging weather conditions.

Linkker’s business, established in 2014, has taken off quickly. The company is backed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tekes, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and an electric bus project owned by private companies.

The first electric buses will be seen on Helsinki’s streets in upcoming weeks.

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