RATP AWARDS HEULIEZ BUS ORDER FOR THE GX 337 ELEC
As part of the ambitious energy transition, Île-de-France Mobilités, the Parisian transport authority, together with transport operator, RATP, has granted its second order for a large batch of electric buses. Was the first order assigned to Alstom for the Aptis, this order goes to Heuliez Bus for the delivery of the full electric GX 337 Elec.
The aim of Bus2025 plan is to replace its Ile-de-France fleet of diesel buses with full electric vehicles. The first three batches are to be delivered in the period 2020-2022. This Bus2025 order is the second order from RATP for the GX 337 Elec. Earlier, Heuliez Bus was granted an order for the delivery of 36 of these buses.
The GX Elec is equipped with an electric synchronous engine motor and Lithium-ion NMC batteries. Its system for the management of energy and the supervision should, according to Heuliez, ensure maximum autonomy. The buses will be recharged overnight at the depot by a Combo 2 socket located at the rear of the vehicles. A dedicated, patented, management system is optimizing the charging. The batteries are located on the roof. The GX 337 Elec accommodates up to a hundred passengers, of which 30 seated.
Under the Bus2025 plan 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 euros granted to each supplier: Heuliez, Bolloré and Alstom. Paris 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.