Genoa (Italy) witnesses the entry in operation of a further batch of Rampini 8-meter electric buses (ten units are awaited, powered with Siemens charging infrastructures). They are to be operated by PTO AMT on line 193, that thus becomes the first fully electric line in the western part of Genoa.
The presentation of the new 8-metre Rampini e-bus was attended by the municipal councillor for mobility Matteo Campora, the regional councillor for transport Gianni Berrino and the president of AMT Marco Beltrami.
30 12-meter e-buses will be launched in the city following the awarding of the tender to Alfabus. A batch of 14 Irizar ie bus entered operation at the end of 2020. Now AMT Genoa is looking to use the 471 million euros funding from the government to introduce fast-charged battery-electric buses in place of trolleybuses.
This is a new important step in the path of renewal and strengthening of Genoa’s public transport system which, in line with the project financed by the transportation ministery with a total investment of over 470 million euros, will become full electric by 2025Matteo Campora, Genoa councillor for mobility
New Rampini e-buses for Genoa
AMT has purchased the new Rampini electric buses with part of the total funding of 17.5 million euros from the Genoa 1 Decree, provided by the Liguria Region, and these e-buses also feature the white and red livery characteristic of all the company’s green vehicles.
The Cornigliano depot, which is responsible for line 193, will become the city’s second electric hub for public transport: work has already begun on the power distribution centre and the installation of battery recharging stations for the e-buses, the municipality points out.
“The electrification of bus line 193 – says Matteo Campora, Councillor for Mobility of the Municipality of Genoa – represents a new, important step in the path of renewal and strengthening of Genoa’s public transport system which, in line with the project financed by the transportation ministery with a total investment of over 470 million euros, will become full electric by 2025. I would like to thank AMT for the decision to start up in the western part of the city with a particularly important bus line connecting Voltri with the San Carlo hospital and via Montanella. A choice shared and supported by the Municipal Administration which, in the future, together with our public transport company and the Liguria Region, will work even harder to equip the AMT fleet with ever quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendly electric buses”.
A large fleet of e-buses in Genoa’s future
“The buses we are presenting today are part of a batch of 24 electric vehicles purchased by AMT thanks to resources provided by the Region, which is investing heavily in renewing the fleets of all Ligurian public transport companies. These vehicles are safer, more comfortable, quieter and zero-emission vehicles for an increasingly high-quality public transport system in the name of modern ecological transition,” says Regional Transport Councillor Gianni Berrino.
The electrification plan includes further steps that are gradually being implemented, as AMT chairman Marco Beltrami explains in the press note issued by the municipality: “We are continuing the project to deploy electric vehicles. The switch to electric buses is not simply a matter of replacing vehicles, but requires investment in infrastructure and organizational changes. It is a complex project in which the entire company is involved and which we are pursuing with the support and cooperation of all the local authorities”.