Île-de-France transport operator RATP (Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) recently launched a tender for the supply of natural gas powered buses to replace part of its Paris fleet. Among the different consulted manufacturers, Scania France was chosen as one of two lots constituting the tender, to deliver Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to the authority over four year period.
RATP, supported by Syndicat des transports d’Île-de-France (STIP), the transport organisation authority that controls the Paris public transport network and coordinates the different transport companies operating in Île-de-France (mainly the RATP), launched Bus2025 in 2014, with the objective of converting its entire fleet to alterbative fuels, 20% of which will renewable natural gas.
Using renewable natural gas (Biomethane), the low-emission low-fuel-consumption buses can be operated as CO2-neutral. CNG buses are especially quiet when under way due to the very smooth fuel combustion.
The vehicles involved in the tender are Scania Citywide LF 18 m articulated CNG buses. They are configured in four metro-type doors and have the latest accessibility technologies (PDUs). The authority currently has in its fleet some 220 Scania Omnicity buses delivered between 2007 and 2010.
As at the end of March 2016, Scania France has sold more than 180 natural gas powered trucks. 25 gas cars are also on order and the CNG bus now completes the range of Scania NGVs.
RATP, the fifth largest provider of public transport services in the world, bought 53 MAN Lion’s City compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to expand it’s fleet in 2015.
(Primary source: RATP)