Paris’ public transport operator announced it has ordered up to 800 new electric buses for the capital city, replacing older diesel buses in the process. City transport operator RATP said the electric buses would be used to fight smog prior to the 2024 Summer Olympics, according to AFP . Paris will host the Olympics in July-August 2024. RATP said three separate firms won the tender to supply the buses — Heuliez Bus, Bollore and Alstom. The deals are worth “up to 400 million euros” ($450 million). It’s the biggest bus purchase of its kind in Europe. RATP said it would buy an equal number of buses from each supplier, though it’s unclear how if the city is ordering exactly 800 buses. The report did say “up to 800” buses, so perhaps 798 will be the final number (though we’re just speculating here). The transport operator will buy 150 buses first, with deliveries expected “between the end of 2020 and 2022.” Parisian Goals Paris has pledged to buy only all-electric buses starting in 2025 . Local officials said they’re aiming for 100 percent “clean buses” by the same year, though they’ll also apparently be using biofuel buses to reach that […]

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