ALSTOM DELIVERS ITS FIRST ELECTRIC APTIS TO STRASBOURG
Alstom is delivering the very first 100% electric Aptis bus to Strasbourg transport operator Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS). The order was given in March 2019 and concerns in total 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.
For Alstom this delivery to CTS constitutes a major new step in the development for sustainable, smart mobility. Further more CTS will start training 150 drivers in the operation of the new vehicles. During this initial training phase, the bus will run on the streets of Strasbourg on the H line.
An advantage of the Aptis is its berthing system for perfect alignment with the pavement, together with its low, flat floor and wide double doors allow easy movement and convenient boarding for people with reduced mobility and prams. The vehicles requested by the city of Strasbourg are designed for slow charging at night at the depot.
Aptis also received the Origine France Garantie in January 2019. The certificate guarantees that at least 50% of Aptis’s value is French. Design, production and testing will be carried out at Aptis Alstom’s site of Hangenbieten, in Alsace. Six other Alstom sites in France are involved in the design and manufacture of Aptis: Reichshoffen for the flanks, 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).
Alstom published also its financial figures. Over the third quarter 2019/20 (from 1 October to 31 December 2019), Alstom booked 3.6 billion euros of orders, compared to 3.4 billion euros over the same period last fiscal year. The Group’s sales increased at 2.1 billion euros compared to 2.0 billion euros over the third quarter 2018/19. For the first nine months of 2019/20 (from 1 April to 31 December 2019), Alstom’s order intake reached 8.2 billion euros. The Group’s sales reached 6.2 billion euros, up 3% (2% organically) compared to the first nine months of 2018/19. The backlog, on 31 December 2019, reaches a new historical record of €43 billion and provides strong visibility on future sales.