RATP HAS AWARDED ALSTOM AN ORDER FOR 50 APTIS ELECTRIC BUSES
As in April announced Alstom is one of the three manufacturers choosen by the Paris public transport company RATP to deliver electric buses. In the first tranche of the tender Alstom is now awarded an order for 50 of the Aptis electric buses. The amount of the framework contract could reach 133 million euros and is 100% financed by Île-de-France Mobilités. These Aptis buses, 12 metres long, will play a role in the massive renewal of the bus fleet of the Île-de-France network.
This is the second large order for Alstom's Aptis after the one of CTS, the Strasbourg transport company, for 12 vehicles. The vehicles ordered by the RATP are designed for slow charging, at night in the depot. Manufacturing and testing of the 50 vehicles will be carried out at Alstom's two sites in Alsace. The Hangenbieten site is responsible for manufacturing the end modules (driver's cabin and rear seating area); the manufacture of the central passenger module, final assembly and tests will be carried out at the Reichshoffen site. Five other Alstom sites in France are involved in the design and manufacture of Aptis: Saint-Ouen for the system integration, Tarbes for the traction, Ornans for the motors and Villeurbanne for the electronic components of the traction chain. Finally, Alstom’s site in Vitrolles is developing one of the charging solutions (SRS). Serial production of the Aptis will start from the third quarter of 2019.
The prototype of the Aptis was presented in March 2017 and won the same year the Innovation Award at the Busworld trade show. Alstom will again participate in the Busworld Awards this year in Brussels.
Aptis is also referenced by the CATP, the French central procurement office for public transport. This referencing allows member or local authorities to order Aptis vehicles directly and simply from the CATP, without the need for tenders.
The total order of the RATP amounts up to nearly 800 electric buses divided into three identical batches, and is worth up to €400 million euros. The consultation was launched in January 2018.