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GTT begins electric bus procurement; autonomous bus to be tested in Turin till May 2020, Italy [free access]

January 29, 2020

Gruppo Torinese Trasporti (GTT), the public transport operator in Turin and the regional area, has invited bids for a framework agreement to supply 100 electric buses as well as provide maintenance services. The estimated value of the contract is EUR72 million (excluding VAT). The last date for the submission of bids is April 2, 2020.


The scope of the contract includes the supply of buses for an estimated value of EUR48 million, 10-year maintenance services of vehicles for an estimated value of EUR11 million, and a battery- replacement option for an estimated value of up to EUR13 million. The initial order will include the supply of 50 buses.


In the last two years, GTT has purchased 191 vehicles, of which 144 vehicles were deployed for urban and suburban services. The authority has renewed around 20 per cent of its bus fleet and the average age of the fleet is less than 11 years.


Further, an autonomous bus trial has begun in Turin’s United Nations (UN) International Training Centre (ITC-ILO) campus. The test will be conducted for a period of four months. The bus is supplied by US-based Local Motors. Turin was one of the winners of Local Motors’ Olli Fleet Challenge, a contest to determine the best short-term urban-use case for testing the self-driving shuttle.


Around 80 per cent of the bus is composed of 3D parts. The self-driving bus can carry up to 12 passengers and can be operated at a maximum speed of 25 km/hr.


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