The French electric vehicle manufacturer presented “The Aptis”, a 100% electric mobility experience developed tohether with NTL, in Kortrijk. The vehicle will be available for the public to exirienc in the exhibiting area. On the Alstom booth, visitors had the opportunity to access a 3D configurator as well. Thanks to the expertise of Alstom and NTL, Aptis has been designed to provide cities with a solution that benefits from the advantages of the tram while preserving the existing infrastructure.
Aptis provides an area of low floor spanning 20m² for better fluidity on board. This new solution is composed of 2 or 3 double doors like the tram to facilitate passenger ascent / descent and provide a solution adapted to people with reduced mobility or passengers with strollers.
A premium passenger experience
This new mobility solution provides a 360 ° view thanks to its panoramic bay windows on both sides of the vehicle. Aptis offers 20% more glass surfaces compared to a bus for a brighter interior. A lounge with a bow window is also provided at the far end of the vehicle to enjoy the view.
A new way to travel
The four-wheel steering system makes it possible to minimise space in curves (-25% compared to a standard bus) and in stations (2 additional cars can be parked at each stop). With its automatic control system, Aptis aligns itself perfectly to the side of the road to improve passenger flow and increase accessibility, in particular for wheelchair users. Combined with the double doors, all these elements help to reduce time in the station.
An integrated system for an optimised total cost of ownership
Aptis is designed to optimise the total cost of ownership. The architecture is based on the proven components of the tram: the body, the doors, the engine and the traction system. These components have a life span of more than 20 years. Maintenance costs are reduced thanks to easy access to the batteries on the roof, the 4 standard wheels and the engine’s air cooling system, reaching an overall cost of ownership over 20 years equivalent to diesel buses currently in circulation.