Île-de-France Mobilités, the entity responsible for organising public transport in the Paris metropolitan area, is awarding a contract to a consortium of Van Hool, Kiepe Electric and Alstom to build a fleet of 24-metre-long, all-electric, double-articulated buses.
The extra-long zero-emission buses will be used on two new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines between Viry-Chatillon and Corbeil-Essonnes and between Paris and Choisy-le-Roi. Although the companies have not yet released details yet on the number of buses, it is already clear that the buses are equipped with technology from Kiepe Electric and will be charged with Alstom’s SRS stationary inductive charging system that the company presented in 2019. Alstrom says this is the first commercial application of the SRS charging solution in the bus sector.
According to Île-de-France Mobilités, these are the first 24-metre-long electric double-articulated buses in the capital region. The vehicles are said to combine the advantages of a tram with those of road buses and can carry around 140 passengers. On the above-mentioned routes, the buses mostly commute in their own lanes and are given priority at traffic lights.
The line between Viry-Chatillon and Corbeil-Essonnes, named T Zen 4, will replace the existing line 402, which is currently the busiest line in the Paris area. The second line, T Zen 5, is a new bus route that will connect the 13th arrondissement of Paris to Choisy-le-Roi via Ivry-sur-Seine and Vitry-sur-Seine in just under 33 minutes.
Inductive charging seems to be quite successful for bus services. In the US state of Washington, in July this year, Momentum Dynamics installed three additional inductive charging systems for the Link Transit authority electric bus fleet in Wenatchee. Here, charging capacities of up to 300 kW mean that electric buses can be charged wirelessly within a few minutes. Just earlier this month, in Israel, ElectReon, a company leading in inductive charging of electric vehicles, signed a 5-year contract with the Dan Bus Company. The contract provides for an expansion of the wireless charging network for public electric bus lines in Tel Aviv and the wider area. But this playing field is diversifying quickly – it seems the most common applications so far have been for bus and taxi services.
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