Paris region public transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités plans to order 3,500 clean buses for city and intercity services via the centralized body Centrale d’achat du transport public (CATP).
According to plans, around 1,000 of these new vehicles (set to be electric, biogas-powered or hybrid) will be put into service each year between 2025 and 2028.
Île-de-France Mobilités to introduce 1,000 new buses per year
This order, valued at €1.8 billion, is in addition to the 500 clean midi-buses ordered in 2022 by Île-de-France Mobilités, which will arrive on the lines at the same time, between 2025 and 2028, the PTA states.
From 2025 on, diesel and hybrid vehicles will run on HVO, on the way to a transition to a fleet made only of biomethane and electric power. As far as infrastructure is concerned, 49 bus depots have already been converted to the new energies (electricity and biogas) and 30 facilities are in the process of conversion.
These new vehicles will complement the 4,200 clean buses and coaches (almost 40% of the fleet) already in service throughout the Île-de-France region.
Île-de-France Mobilités underlines that new buses will be equipped with new technologies to improve safety (rear-view cameras, obstacle detection) and passenger and driver comfort.
In addition to this order, the PTA has also just commissioned 103 metro trainsets to Alstom (for a €1.1 billion investment).