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IVECO BUS has just signed an historic order for 400 Crossway Low Entry and 50 Crealis 18-m CNG buses for the Abidjan Transport Company SOTRA. The vehicles will be delivered from mid-2018 to the City of Abidjan.

IVECO Signature Contrat SOTRA Abidjan 02 2018Founded in 1960, SOTRA was the first-ever public transport company in West Africa. It now confirms its pioneering role by ordering, from IVECO BUS, 50 18-m Crealis buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The order demonstrates the political commitment of the Ivorian President and government to invest in public transport and developing sustainable mobility.

As a leader in Bus Rapid Transit solutions for over 10 years, IVECO BUS has already delivered close to 500 Crealis. On top, the brand also has a 20-year history as a leader in natural gas vehicles, with some 6 000 units currently operating in Europe. It is now broadening its expertise by delivering the first-ever high-value CNG buses on the African continent.

This deliberate choice by the Ivorian government in favour of natural gas confirms that it is a pertinent solution for the country and a real opportunity with readable gas availabilities. Natural gas vehicles are an effective answer to environmental concerns, and represent an efficient passenger transport solution.

The CNG Crealis offers major benefits in terms of pollution and noise reduction; fine particle emissions are reduced to nearly zero and nitrogen oxide emissions by more than one third, while noise level is reduced by half for an exceptional operating silence.

“The agreement demonstrates our strong political commitment to expand the public transport network with low environmental impact vehicles, protecting the health of our citizens. We therefore naturally turned to IVECO BUS, the European leader renowned for its expertise in this field. We are very proud to receive the vehicles for the first time on the African continent,” says Amadou Kone, Ivory Coast Minister.

“We are very pleased of SOTRA’s choice, confirming a strong political vision of modernising the Abidjan public transport system using a proven, sustainable solution. It was natural for IVECO BUS to position itself as a key enabler of such a vision with our products, services and financing solutions. We believe this will set the benchmark for many other countries in West Africa,” says Sylvain Blaise, IVECO vice-president in charge of IVECO BUS.

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