The RATP Group (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) announced a second large-scale order from the Bus2025 program, which aims to renew Île-de-France Mobilités’ (organization authority that coordinates transit companies operating in the Paris-area public transport network and rest of Île-de-France region) bus fleet towards biomethane and electricity. This goal also fits Île-de-France Mobilités’ desire to remove diesel buses from its network and to make the region into a global reference for very low carbon urban mobility.
The consultation for the purchase of standard electric buses, for a maximum budget of €825m over 4 years, led to signing five framework agreements with B Bluebus/Bolloré, Irizar, IVECO, MAN and Solaris. The first subsequent contracts were awarded upon signing the agreements, for a period of 2 years, in order to fulfil the 2022 and 2023 deliveries. The contracts represent a potential maximum of approximately 450 buses and were awarded to Bluebus/Bolloré (158 vehicles); Irizar (113 vehicles) and IVECO (180 vehicles).
They complete the contracts awarded last March for standard and articulated biogas-powered buses. The consultation, with a maximum budget of €575m over 4 years, led to three contracts being signed. The first two were awarded to MAN, for a maximum budget of €255 million and €91 million respectively, and the third one to IVECO, for a maximum budget of €229 million.
This new step in the Bus2025 program is proof of RATP’s desire to become a committed stakeholder in sustainable development. Its commitment is recognized and supported by the European Commission, which recently awarded a new grant to convert bus depots operated by RATP in the Île-de-France region to biogas and electricity. In total, this program received €50.7 million in 2020 and 2021 from the European Commission.
Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP have already awarded several contracts for the purchase of biogas-powered and electric buses. A total of 3,700 vehicles have been or will be purchased through the program between 2015 and 2025.