SCANIA DELIVERS 450 BUSES TO ABIDJAN
Ivory Coast has launched a major initiative for sustainable transport. As part of this the Ivorian Ministry of Transport and the Abidjan Transport Company, SOTRA, have the intention to upgrade busfleet of SOTRA and ordered 450 buses at Scania. It is the intention that the buses will run on locally produced biofuels.
Scania will supply 400 low-entry 13-metre buses and 50 18-metre articulated buses, bodybuilt by Marcopolo. The articulated buses will be fuelled by compressed gas. The buses will partly be deployed along the Boulevard Latrille Bus Rapid Transit system, which will form part of a future BRT system in Abidjan. It is estimated that the population of Greater Abidjan will increase to 7.7 million by 2030. By expanding public transport services through BRT, the aim is that two-thirds of the residents in 2030 will have access to the city centre within an hour. The agreement includes upgrading bus depots and vocational training of drivers and service technicians.
Scania, in collaboration with Agence Nationale d’Appui au Développement Rural (ANADER), has initiated a feasibility study funded by Swedfund, the Swedish Development Finance Institution, to assess the opportunities for producing local biofuels from agricultural waste from cocoa, rubber and banana cultivation. Côte d’Ivoire is by far the world’s largest cocoa producer.
Anna Carmo e Silva, Head of Buses and Coaches at Scania: “Over the past few years, Scania has successfully participated in improving urban mobility in Ghana and Nigeria. Based on that experience, we now look forward to a long-term partnership in providing better public transport services also in Abidjan.”