Toulon focuses on the electric drive and chooses Aptis, the 100% electric bus by Alstom with a tram-inspired design. The order was launched by the Toulon RMTT via the central French public procurement office (CAPT) and includes twelve 12-meter Aptis buses with three doors. First deliveries are scheduled by the end of 2019. The vehicles will be supplied by Alstom to the metropolitan area of ​​Toulon Provence Méditerranée for its Mistral public transport network.

Aptis has a low floor floor and is equipped with double doors, large windows and a rear seating area with a panoramic view of the city. It is also fitted with a pavement alignment system. The vehicles required by Toulon are designed for slow charging at night at the depot. “Aptis is also available for occasional recharging at the end of each line, using ground recharging solutions (SRS) or by pantograph,” explains the manufacturer. «Aptis was designed to have an optimized total cost. This is possible thanks to the reduction of maintenance and operating costs and to a longer life than that of standard buses “.

The Aptis prototype was presented in March 2017 and since then over 40 thousand kilometers have been covered in real operating conditions by four test vehicles in France and Europe. In addition to Toulon, it was requested by the Strasbourg transport operator CTS, RATP and Ile-de-France Mobilités, as well as by Greater Grenoble and Greater La Rochelle. Aptis won the Innovation Award at Busworld 2017 and in January 2019 received the official certificate ‘Origine France Garantie’ which guarantees that over 60% of the added value of Aptis is French.

12 Alstom Aptis x Toulon 2019