Consip, the procurement arm of Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance, has awarded a contract for the supply of up to 280 zero-emission electric buses for Italian public transport.
Rampini has won the Consip tender for its Eltron model, an eight-metre long manufactured at its facility in Passignano sul Trasimeno in the Province of Perugia, Umbria.
Recovery and resilience plan
The vehicles purchased through Consip are financed with resources provided by the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).
The Eltron is available in two- or three-door versions, with a width of 2.2 metres and a capacity of up to 48 passengers. It is powered by a 230-kilowatt electric motor that charges a 280 kWh battery, that Rampini claims, ensures a range of more than 200 kilometres to meet any operational requirement.
“The Consip tender, thanks to PNRR funds, represents a unique opportunity for a true energy transition in the public transport sector. It is a pride for us to contribute to this transition by offering buses manufactured exclusively in Italy,” said Franco Rampini, president engineer.
“The Eltron model, which won the Consip tender, is a concentration of technology serving environmental sustainability. Today, we are reaping the rewards of the investments we have made over the years to modernise production and become a driving force and an opportunity to reactivate the Italian industrial fabric.”
According to Consip, the contract will be active by June 2023 and allows public administrations to purchase buses with or without specific customisations.
Bus customisations can include colours, liveries, additional equipment for the driver’s seat and passenger compartment, onboard and passenger safety devices, driving assistance systems, and full-service maintenance.
Rampini Spa, founded in 1945, designs, manufactures, and markets a range of zero-emission buses throughout Europe. The product offering includes six- and eight-metre electric buses as well as an eight-metre hydrogen model.