Alstom presents the standard design of Aptis, its 100% electric mobility solution
Alstom presented the new design of Aptis, its 100% electric, tram-inspired mobility solution, at the European Mobility Exhibition that took place from June 12 14 in Paris. This new design is the one for the standard vehicle, for which the first deliveries will be possible from July 2019.
In its standard version, Aptis will retain all the features of the prototypes that make it unique: the full low floor, the berthing mode in close alignment to the pavement for better accessibility, the axles offset to each end, wide bays, the rear lounge, etc. This new design is inspired by new technologies to embed its innovative aspects in the electric bus market, such as the choice of a flat windshield inspired by digital tablets and smart boards. Sleek, simple lines enhance the modernity of the new design.
The new exterior and interior design draws on strong images that reflect future mobility:
- A sense of space, with a more welcoming, more spacious, more congenial rear lounge
- The impression of movement, with an asymmetric interior layout to convey the idea of a street in motion
- Integration into the urban landscape with better accessibility and, when viewed from the side, a perfectly symmetrical vehicle.
The standard Aptis vehicle has been designed to meet the expectations of operators, including, for instance, perfectly symmetrical front and rear fittings to facilitate the replacement of parts and optimise stocks, and expanded overhead panels for the installation of larger, more visible screens and route maps.
Seven Alstom sites in France are involved in the design and manufacture of Aptis: Duppigheim for the overall engineering, bodywork, testing and certification, Saint-Ouen for the system integration, Tarbes for the traction, Ornans for the engines, Villeurbanne for the electronic components of the traction chain, Reichshoffen for the manufacture of the central passenger module, final assembly and in-series tests. Finally, the Alstom site of Vitrolles is developing one of the charging solutions (SRS).