Tuesday, 3 May 2016

New Gas Bus Order for Paris

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. Scania France was the successful bidder and will now deliver a fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to the authority over four year period.
The objective is to convert the entire Paris fleet to alternative 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 smooth fuel combustion.
During 2015 RATP acquired 53 MAN Lion’s City compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.

The vehicles involved in the tender are Scania Citywide LF 18 m articulated CNG buses.
Above a 12m Citywide vehicle shown at Busworld Kortrijk 2015

The new articulated buses will be configured with four metro-type doors and have the latest accessibility technologies (PDUs). The authority currently has 220 Scania Omnicity vehicles within its fleet 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 Natural Gas Vehicles.
In 2015 RATP acquired 53 MAN Lion’s City compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.

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