Alsthom Unveil Cute Bus
We are prepared for comments... But we think this bus is cute. It is cute looking but also cute because it is designed as the first serial vehicle of Alsthom's Aptis electric bus range and was launched at Busworld 2019 in Brussels this weekend.
Four prototypes have been on the roads of many French and European cities for the past two years and consequently, this new design incorporates feedback from passengers and transport operators.
It uses fewer spare parts references and makes maintenance operations easier. Thanks to a wheel steering angle of more than 40°, it is easier for drivers to get in and out. The 15% reduction in the total weight of the vehicle, combined with the use of new, more efficient and state of the art batteries, substantially increases range. Aptis now accommodates more passengers while still offering greater ease of access thanks to large sliding doors.
Aptis has already been chosen by Paris in Europe’s largest call for tender for electric buses, as well as by the cities of Strasbourg, Grenoble, La Rochelle and Toulon. Upcoming milestones include ongoing tests in Spain with the ground-based recharge solution SRS and the training of hundreds of drivers in a new driving experience ahead of the first traffic releases, scheduled for the end of the year in Strasbourg.
We think it would be lovely if they could also be used by operators who currently use ancient diesel buses in the smaller towns and cities of the UK (usually rejects from cities where they are no longer acceptable from an environmental point of view. That would be nice!
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