10 Apr 2019


Three French bus manufactures are awarded with an order from public transport operator RATP in Paris that can add up to 800 electric buses. The order is split in three parts of 133 million euro granted to each supplier: Heuliez, Bolloré and Alstom. The first batch is to be delivered within two years.

The first part of this huge order consists of approximately 150 vehicles, fifty for each supplier. The first deliveries should be made at the end of 2020. Iveco's subsidiary Heuliez is to deliver its HeuliezBus GX 337 12m electric - which took part in the Bus Euro test 2018 - and will be suitable for regular and fast charging and has NMC cells and LTO cells. The 12m Bolloré Bluebus is equipped with eight NMC battery packs, which allow it to provide between 180 and 250 kilometres of range and the Alstom Aptis will have batteries which can be recharged overnight in the depot, offering 6 hours of autonomy in operation and a range of 200 km. But they can also be recharged in the space of 5 minutes at the end of each line, or at bus stops.

Paris transport operator RATP has split up this order for nearly 800 electric buses into three identical batches, and is worth up to €400 million euro. The consultation was launched in January 2018, resulted in this framework agreement of two years and a maximum amount of €133 million each. This potential order of nearly 800 buses holds about 200 buses in firm order and is financed by île-de-France Mobilités. Paris set the goal of a clean bus fleet by 2025 and is aiming at two third of the busfleet being electric and one third CNG/biogas.

To meet the deadlines of delivery RATP has to adapt its 25 bus centres, of which 12 are already in transformation. Charging infrastructure in Paris will be provided by the Polish consortium Ekoenergetyka-Polska and El-Cab. Currently the RATP fleet consists of 4700 buses, including 950 hybrid, 140 bio-methane and 83 electric buses. This year RATP in île-de-France receives 77 electric buses and 50 CNG/biomethane buses. Besides this '800 order' RATP is planning another consultation for the purchase of electric buses.

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