Romania tries to procure 100 electric buses
The Romanian capital Bucharest is making a new attempt to procure 100 electric buses. After the first two electric bus tenders failed due to a lack of suitable offers, the tender has now been relaunched.
Bids for 100 electric buses and the corresponding charging infrastructure can be submitted until 18 July. The 12-metre buses are to offer a range of at least 200 kilometres. They are to be low-floor buses with three double doors and air conditioning. The first 34 buses are to be delivered in the first year after signing the contract, the rest in the following year.
The second tender was stopped by the city of Bucharest in July 2020 after all three bids received were deemed unacceptable – apparently after the technical evaluation. The city did not disclose exactly which criteria were found to be insufficient at the time.
In the meantime, several new electric bus models with improved characteristics have come onto the market that, at least on paper, meet the requirements of the tender worth the equivalent of around 61.5 million euros. Whether those responsible in Bucharest also see it that way will become clear in the course of the procedure.