The Paris, France transport operator, RATP (Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) recently launched a major European multi-year tender (2014-2017) for a contract for some 1,000 standard 12-metre hybrid and gas citybuses. Two of four tender lots awarded for new generation compressed natural gas (CNG) and hybrid electric citybuses go to CNH Industrial’s Iveco Bus brand. These technologies have been chosen for their low pollution impact, currently a core concern for many European cities.
The Board of Syndicat des Transports d’ Île de France (STIF), the authority which organises public transport in the greater Paris area, adopted a plan mid-December 2013 to reduce pollutants emitted by buses.
With nearly 5,000 buses in service throughout Europe, Iveco Bus has been the leading European manufacturer of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses for many years. Emission levels of the Cursor 8 CNG – an engine renowned for its technological excellence – are below the levels of the Euro VI directive. For the greater benefit of both city-dwellers and passengers, the noise levels with the Cursor 8 CNG have been halved and its vibrations attenuated at all operating speeds.
The Iveco Cursor 8 CNG engine is manufactured by CNH Industrial’s powertrain business, FPT Industrial, at the Bourbon-Lancy, France, manufacturing site. Since 2003, 24,000 Cursor 8 CNG engines have been produced at this factory, for road and industrial applications worldwide, including a recent supply to repower bus fleets in Beijing, China.