Transdev has launched a new e-bus service in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, aimed at supporting the region’s ecological transition. This innovative project involves the deployment of 18 electric articulated buses and powered by reverse pantograph technology, on the popular route connecting Nice to Menton.

Transdev, ABB, Citelum: a cooperation

With more than 100 daily trips and an average of 2 million passengers per year, this initiative aims to convert the busiest bus line in the Alpes-Maritimes department to 100% electric operation.

This landmark project is made possible through a collaborative effort between Transdev Alpes Maritimes, the operator of the Zou! network; ABB, the manufacturer of the reverse pantograph technology, and Citelum, responsible for maintenance. It is highlighted in a Linkedin post shared by Transdev Sud.

The 18 electric articulated buses running on the Nice-to-Menton route are powered by the technology of the reverse pantograph. This technology enables the buses to draw power from overhead charging infrastructure.

Germain Sauvetre, Director of Transdev Alpes-Maritimes: “Transdev’s choice of 0 emission technology is perfectly suited to the operating context of the Nice to Menton line. It ensures a comfortable ride, reduces air pollution at the terminuses and noise pollution, and is also in line with our strategy of constantly improving the quality of service provided to users. Transdev is constantly looking for ways to innovate, and we hope to continue to be the region’s trusted partner in its ecological transition”.


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