Consip awards contracts for 500 zero-emission buses

Italy's federal procurement agency, Consip, has awarded contracts for 500 electric buses to eight manufacturers. These include 470 battery buses and, for the first time, 30 hydrogen buses.

Consip awarded the contracts in four lots following competitive tenders.

The winners of the first lot for 150 midi buses (7 – 8 metres) are the Slovenian bus manufacturer Tam Europe and the Turkish manufacturer Karsan.

Otokar, Solaris, Iveco, BYD Europe, Karsan and Ebusco placed winning bids in the second lot, amounting to 250 e-buses.

BYD Europe and Karsan also won the third lot, alongside Iveco, for 70 zero-emission buses.

The fourth lot involved hydrogen buses for the first time. Solaris, Karsan and Industria Italiana Autobus will deliver 30 fuel cell models.

The contracts amount to a volume of 327 million euros. Neither Consip nor other media reveal how many vehicles per batch were allocated to which manufacturer. Also, bus types and specifications are missing, as are details on actual buyers.

Consip is a central procurement agency designed to help local public transport operators get better deals and further the transition to low-emission vehicles. Like any buyer community, operators can save on staff and obtain the buses at a lower price thanks to Consip’s volume discount.

The list of the eight manufacturers is not too surprising. Producers like Solaris or Karsan have been on the Consip list for some time. Karsan, for example, holds an order for 320 vehicles destined for Italy. These are the six-metre e-Jest bus and the e-Atak, which measures eight metres; many old Italian cities with narrow streets require small buses.,


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