11 Mar 2019


Alstom has received its very first order for its 100%-electric bus, Aptis. Buyer is the Strasbourg transport company CTS (Communauté des Transports Strasbourgeois). It concerns a contract for 12 Aptis, each one 12 metres long and equipped with three doors. These Aptis buses will be the first electric buses to reinforce CTS’s vehicle fleet.

The vehicles Strasbourg has ordered are designed for slow charging at night in the depot. The Aptis is designed by the Alstom team at Hangenbieten site in Alsace with an optimised total cost in mind by reduced maintenance and operating costs and a longer service life than that of a standard bus. The goal is to have a total cost equivalent to that of existing standard diesel buses, according to Alstom.

Since the prototype was presented in March 2017, Alstom states that more than 40,000 kilometres have been covered in real operating conditions by four test vehicles in France and four other countries in Europe. The Aptis can berth at a bus stop in almost perfect alignment with the pavement. The bus has a completely flat floor and wide double doors for easy circulation and boarding for people with reduced mobility and prams. Alstom says the Aptis has 25% more windowed surfaces than a standard bus. It is equiped with a rear seating area with panoramic view. Aptis is also available for charging at the end of each line whenever necessary, using solutions of ground-based charging (SRS) or charging through the top (inverted pantograph).

Aptis won the Innovation award at Busworld in 2017. It also received the certificate Origine France Garantie in January 2019 which guarantees that more than 60% of Aptis' added value is French. Since September 2018, Aptis is also referenced by the CATP, the French central procurement office for public transport, in its electric bus offer destined for public purchasing by local authorities. This referencing allows member authorities to order Aptis vehicles directly and simply from the CATP, avoiding long and costly procedures.

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