More than 400 Iveco Urbanway Natural Power buses will enter service in the inner and outer suburbs of the Paris metropolitan area from 2020.
The biogas-powered models will increase the number of environmentally-friendly buses operating in the region and play an active role in the renewal plan of diesel bus fleets.
The fuel, derived from recycled organic waste, offers environmental benefits. According to Iveco, the level of fine particle emissions is close to zero and NOx emissions are reduced by more than a third.
A total of 409 of the buses have been ordered in a deal announced jointly by IVECO BUS, CATP (French Public Transport Central Purchasing Office) and Ile-de-France Mobilités at the opening of the National Public Transport Exhibition, in Nantes.
It is the first time that such an order has been placed via a central purchasing office, without going through transport operators. This new procedure is aimed at standardising the equipment used in the Ile-de-France region, to ensure that passengers enjoy buses of equal quality.