Public transit operator GTT in Turin is tendering the procurement of 100 electric buses. The total contract value is 72 million euros, including 10-year service and battery replacement. Tenders must be submitted by 2 April 2020.
Grupo Torinese Trasporto (GTT) expects the first 50 electric buses to arrive in the Italian city between the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. The tender is international and GTT is looking for a single operator.
The total value of the framework agreement is 72 million euros that divide as follows: 48 million for the e-buses, 11 million for the 10-years of service. GTT also allocates a further 13 million euros for the replacement of batteries, reserving 130,000 euros for each unit. Battery lifespan should be no less than 400,000 km, corresponding to 8 years considering an average distance of 50,000 km/year.
Turin in Italy’s Piedmont region is no stranger to electric vehicles. BYD completed the regional order over 23 electric buses in late 2017 as reported.
More so, Fiat-Chrysler reportedly is gearing up its production site in Turin to build the Fiat 500 EV and to deploy it in a 700-strong car-sharing fleet, capable of testing V2G technology. The company is also setting up a new battery centre at the Mirafiori plant in which FCA is initially investing 50 million euros. It can also be expanded later for future projects such as other small electric cars using the same platform as the Fiat 500 (we reported).