Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP launch biggest tender in Europe to buy electric buses

After fully fitting out line 341 with electric buses in 2016 and the current programs to equip lines 115 and 126 to test partial battery charging in terminuses, Ile-de-France Mobilités and RATP are launching a huge tender to buy electric buses.

The purpose of the call for bids is to launch a huge renewal in the RATP bus fleet for 100% clean buses by 2025. This will make Paris and the Paris region a world reference in very low carbon-footprint urban road transport, ultimately targeting two-thirds of buses to be electric and the remainder biogas fuelled.

The two-year contract has an order potential of 1,000 buses (of which 250 in firm orders) worth up to 400 million euros. Finance is to be shared between Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP under the terms of its contract with Île-de-France Mobilités. It consists of three batches and has been sized to ensure early roll-outs of electric buses.

RATP and Ile-de-France Mobilités expect manufacturers to submit standard 12-metre electric buses. The first “series” deliveries of electric buses from this tender should be made at the end of 2020.

The RATP fleet, comprising 4,700 buses, already has 800 hybrid vehicles, 140 bio-GNV and 74 electric buses.

“The massive order to equip our fleet with electric buses demonstrates our ambition to become a vital player in the energy transition of the public transport sector. Our aim to ensure a 100% clean fleet by 2025 in the Paris region is what can only be described as a technological challenge that requires us to adapt our 25 bus depots within a very tight time frame. The entire company has been mobilised to succeed with this challenge.”

Catherine Guillouard
RATP President and CEO

Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France region and of Île-de-France Mobilités declared: “my ambition is to provide the region with 100% clean vehicles by 2025 for the dense zones (Paris, towns in the inner suburbs and major regional conglomerations). This is a public health issue and a major industrial challenge in line with our desire to make Île-de-France an attractive and ecological metropolis. This is why Île-de-France Mobilités is launching with RATP the largest tender for electric buses in Europe. For the outer suburbs Île-de-France Mobilités is currently working on issuing a tender for approx. 450 buses over three years to accompany the improvements to lines implemented since 2016 and continue providing clean buses for other operators (Transdev, Keolis, Car Lacroix, etc.) in the Paris region.”

Electric bus - RATP
Electric bus - RATP