The Monaco Bus Company (CAM) is testing four different models of electric-powered buses and, once the choice has been made and a feasibility study completed, the aim is to replace the current fleet with all-electric models. CAM currently operates a total of 42 vehicles on the Principality’s six routes.

The first electric bus tested will be an 8.9 m minibus from the Polish manufacturer Solaris, on loan from the Sète network. It will run on line 5 from October 14 to November 8, and on line 3 from November 9 to 24.

From the end of October and for a period of three months, CAM will test two buses from the Chinese manufacturer CRRC: an 8.2 metre minibus on line 3 and a standard 12 metre bus on lines 1 and 2. These buses are distributed in Europe by the French company Clément-Bayard.

Finally, starting in mid-November, CAM will run a standard 12 metre bus from the Spanish manufacturer Irizar on lines 1 and 2

“The feasibility study will be conducted in parallel by the Directorate of Prospective Planning and Mobility (DPUM) and the Mission for Energy Transition,” said Séverine Canis, Director of DPUM. “The objective is to know precisely the operating conditions for electric buses in the Principality, and in particular their energy consumption with regard to the peculiarities of Monaco, including its steep slopes.”

The data collected will enable the Government and CAM to determine the most appropriate charging system.

ORIGINAL SOURCE & PHOTO: Monaco Government Press Office