Île-de-France Mobilités turns to the ‘alliance’ between Van Hool, Kiepe Electric and Alstom for the delivery of a batch of 24-meter bi-articulated e-buses.
They’ll be ’employed’ on two new BRT lines and will be the first 100% electric vehicles of such size in the Île-de-France, combining the performance of a tram (frequency and reliability) with the flexibility of a bus. The number of vehicles to be provided has not been specified so far.
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They will be able to carry no less than 140 passengers each. What is more, they will be charged via a ground system, the SRS by Alstom.
They’ll run on two new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines created and specially designed to accommodate such vehicles: the T Zen 4 line (Viry-Chatillon <> Corbeil-Essonnes) and the T Zen 5 line (Paris <> Choisy-le-Roi). The T Zen 4 will replace line 402 on the section between Viry-Chatillon and Corbeil-Essonnes, which is currently the busiest line in the greater Paris area, with nearly 26,000 passengers per day. The T Zen 5 is a new bus line that will link the 13th arrondissement of Paris to Choisy-le-Roi via Ivry-sur-Seine and Vitry-sur-Seine in almost 33 minutes.
The buses by Van Hool – Kiepe Electric will be will be fully accessible to people with reduced mobility (PRM), thanks to their wide sliding doors and full low floor configuration.