Autoguidovie, a transport company operating in northern Italy, has reportedly launched a tender for the procurement of 120 battery-electric buses. The buses are scheduled to start service in early 2023 and will be the first electric buses that the company has put into service.
Bids will be accepted by Autoguidovie until noon on 27 May 2022, according to a report by Sustainable Bus. The investment amount for the vehicles is said to be more than 67 million euros.
The tender consists of two lots: the first includes a 36-month framework contract for 100 electric city buses between 11.8 and 12.4 metres in length, while the second lot provides for 20 electric buses between 8.6 and 9.6 metres in length.
All vehicles should be equipped for overnight charging. The contract is also to include a comprehensive service. The public transport provider has not publically revealed further information.
The electric buses will be purchased with the help of funds from the National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Mobility (PNNMS) and from the National Resilience Plan (PNRR – Next Generation EU). Stefano Rossi, CEO of Autoguidovie explains: “The tender for the new electric buses is part of the environmental strategy agreed with the institutions of the regions where we operate and a strategic axis of our industrial plan.”
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