Atac: field trial for Rome’s first SmartBUS

Oct 25, 2021, 12:47 PM by atac
The fully electric vehicle will be trialled on line 64 between Termini and San Pietro
Today starts a six-month testing period for the first SmartBUS of the Atac fleet that will operate on line 64 which connects Termini station to San Pietro station, where its charging system will be located.

Technical specifications of the new SmartBUS: 12 meters long, with three doors, the new SmartBUS is completely electric and battery-free. Its autonomy, that can vary between 25 and 45 kilometres, will be guaranteed by a supercapacitor which is loaded in a few minutes through a pantograph installed on the vehicle roof. The project was developed thanks to the collaboration between Roma Servizi per la Mobilità, Atac and E-CO srl.

E-transport projects. This test on line 64 is the first step of an investment policy aimed at increasing electric vehicles that Atac is developing jointly with ANM (Naples) and ATM (Milan). The company plans to significantly increase the supply of electric buses thanks to the funds provided by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

Giovanni Mottura, Sole Administrator of Atac: “The choice of a low environmental impact mobility system, especially in urban areas, is a priority if we want to improve quality of life for citizens and protect our future. A strategic choice that has already characterized the recent past of Atac through the self-financed purchase of its first 100 hybrid buses. Thanks to this first experimental SmartBUS we will be able to test the validity of the course undertaken and of the objectives we set for ourselves: a renewed and, above all, sustainable fleet from an environmental perspective.”

Stefano Brinchi, Chairman and CEO of Rsm: “The goal set by Roma Servizi per la Mobilità is the progressive electrification of the fleet by limiting the need for large investments in depots for charging infrastructures. Doing so, excessive power concentrations in single points of the city will be avoided. Instead, we are intentioned to test the energy supply model at the terminus, spread across the territory and with less kW need.