First all-electric bus route for Paris region.

By the end of 2016, Line 341 (Charles de Gaulle – Etoile/Porte de Clignancourt) will be operated with 23 Bluebus 12m full-electric buses built by Bolloré. The buses will be recharged at night at the Belliard bus depot in the 18th arrondissement, which the transport authority says will not drain the electricity grid during peak times.

RATP aims to transform its bus fleet of 4,500 vehicles by 2025 with a move to 80 per cent electric buses and 20 per cent biogas-powered vehicles.

“Bus 2025 is a challenge that is both bold and ambitious, and which calls on all the company’s expertise in engineering, maintenance and operations,” says Elisabeth Borne, RATP president and chief executive. “This is a world-first for a transport operator and fleet of this size. The advent of the first 100 per cent electrically-powered bus is a key moment in the RATP energy transition and demonstrates that there are now long-term, alternative solutions to today’s environmental challenges”.

Valérie Pécresse, president of the Ile-de-France regional council and the STIF transport authority, adds: “This line is an historic first step towards the industrial and ecological revolution I wish to implement in public transport for the Grand Paris project. In the next few weeks, a 1,000-bus plan in the Paris region will be launched in which STIF will invest massively to bolster the transport offering in poorly covered areas, particularly the outer suburbs, and to offer a genuine alternative solution to taking the car. Wherever possible, these next-generation vehicles will be zero-emission vehicles, electric, biogas, hydrogen or powered by other low-carbon solutions.”

Manufactured by the Bolloré group, the Bluebus is a full-electric vehicle designed and built using French Lithium Metal Polymer batteries. The 12m bus can carry 91-101 passengers and has a range of at least 180 km, according to Bolloré.