posted on 8th Mar 2019 16:53
Alstom has received a very first order for its 100 % electric bus, Aptis, from the Strasbourg transport company CTS (Communauté des Transports Strasbourgeois). A contract includes 12 Aptises, each 12 m long and equipped with three doors. They will be the first e-buses to in the CTS’s fleet.
Thanks to its innovative design, Aptis offers an unrivalled passenger experience. Its berthing system for perfect alignment with the pavement, its fully low and completely flat floor and wide double doors permit easy circulation and convenient boarding for people with reduced mobility and prams. Equipped with large bay windows along its entire length, Aptis offers 25 % more windowed surfaces than a standard bus, and a rear seating area with panoramic views of the city.
Aptis is designed by the Alstom teams at Hangenbieten site in Alsace. The vehicles requested by Strasbourg are designed for slow charging, at night in the depot. Aptis is also available for charging at the end of each line whenever necessary, using solutions of ground-based charging (SRS) or charging through the top (inversed pantograph).
Since September 2018, Aptis is also referenced by the CATP, the French central procurement office for public transport, in its e-bus offer destined for public purchasing by local authorities. This referencing allows member authorities to order Aptis vehicles directly and simply from the CATP, avoiding long and costly procedures. Since the prototype was presented in March 2017, more than 40,000 km have been covered in real operating conditions by four test vehicles en France (Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, Marseille, La Rochelle, Nantes, Le Mans, Orléans, Versailles, Lourdes, Toulon, Tarbes, Grenoble and Montpellier) and in Europe (Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain).