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Alstom’s Aptis is selected in context of Europe’s largest tender for electric buses

Christian Fernsby |
Alstom is one of the three companies for the largest European call to tender for electric buses launched by the RATP and 100% financed by Île-de-France Mobilités.

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The first firm tranche is for 50 buses. The amount of the framework contract could reach 133 million euros.

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 order follows that of CTS, the Strasbourg transport company, for 12 vehicles.

Thanks to its innovative design, Aptis offers an unparalleled passenger experience.

Its berthing system for perfect alignment with the pavement, its fully low and completely flat floor and wide double doors permit easy circulation and convenient boarding for people with reduced mobility and prams.

Equipped with large bay windows, Aptis offers 25% more windowed surfaces than a standard bus, and a seating area at the back with panoramic views of the city.

The vehicles ordered by the RATP are designed for slow charging, at night in the depot.

Aptis is also available for charging at the end of each line whenever necessary, using ground-based charging solutions (SRS) or charging through the top.

Aptis was designed to have an optimised total cost.

This is possible thanks to reduced maintenance and operating costs and a longer service life than that of a standard bus.

Its total cost of ownership is equivalent to that of a current standard diesel bus over a 20-year period.

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