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Paris places record order for biogas buses


IVECO BUS has won a record order to supply 409 Urbanway Natural Power (NP) buses to the Parisian Transport Authority, Ile-de-France Mobilités.

The buses will be deployed on the public transport network which covers both the inner and outer suburbs of the Paris Region and will play a major part in the City’s development plan for a diesel-free transport network.

This deal is the result of a partnership between IVECO BUS, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., Ile-de-France Mobilités and CATP (French Public Transport Central Purchasing Office) and was announced at the recent National Public Transport Exhibition held in Nantes, France.

IVECO BUS will deliver the biogas-powered vehicles between 2020 and 2021. The Urbanway NP has a range of up to 400 kilometers making it ideally suited to the requirements of urban public transport networks.

Fueled by biomethane derived from recycled organic waste, the Urbanway NP delivers major environmental benefits, noise reduction and improved air quality. Fine particle emissions are reduced to almost zero and NOx emissions by more than a third. The Urbanway’s natural gas engine also cuts noise level by 50%.

The significant order from Paris is part of a campaign to tackle air pollution by restricting access to the capital of the most polluting vehicles. The city has in recent years introduced two permanent low-emissions zones – the Greater Paris ZCR and the Central Paris ZCR.

The low-emissions zones are regulated by a requirement for all vehicles to display a clean air sticker, known as a Crit’Air vignettes.  There are six categories in the system that is used to identify a vehicle’s air pollutant emissions. The least polluting vehicles are afforded preferential parking and traffic conditions. Failing to display a sticker attracts an on-the-spot penalty fine of around £115.

The Central Paris ZCR was France’s first low-emissions zone. It was introduced in 2015 and covers the area within the ring-road. The Greater Paris ZCR was introduced in July this year and largely corresponds to the area within the city’s outer ring-road.

Since then, diesel cars made earlier than 2006 have been banned from the roads of Paris. The ban applies on weekdays between 8am and 8pm to any vehicles carrying the Crit’Air 4 stickers and is applicable to light trucks, as well as some older diesel cars and motorbikes. Breaking the ban can result in fines of up to €68 for cars and motorbikes, or €135 if you’re driving a truck.


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