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Nice Côte d'Azur becomes the first airport in France to equip itself with 100% electric passenger shuttles

This development is a continuation of its numerous actions that have enabled the airport to become the first in France to achieve Carbon Neutrality and its commitment to reach the threshold of zero CO2 emissions by 2030.

The Transdev Alpes-Maritimes carrier has been selected by Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to deploy a fleet of three 100% electric buses, eCitaro Mercedes, which will operate 7 days a week, from 4.30 am to 12.30 am, shuttles between terminals and the car parks of the second airport platform of France.

With a range of 160 km (or 8 hours), this fleet will allow the simultaneous and continuous traffic of 2 shuttles also benefiting from a continuous recharging process by recovery of kinetic energy.

By choosing 100% electric vehicles and renewing the contact with Transdev Alpes-Maritimes, the airport is strengthening its soft mobility offer, reduced by 250 tonnes eq. CO2 emissions of greenhouse gases generated on the entire platform and significantly reduces noise.

"Following the December 2018 commissioning of the extension of the tramway network to the terminals, we are proud to become the first airport in France to offer free 100% electric shuttles to our passengers, their accompanying persons and our collaborators. This innovation reinforces our policy of preserving our territory and developing its attractiveness, "says Dominique Thillaud, President of the Board of Directors of the Airports of the French Riviera.

The conversion of its 100% electric fleet is indeed part of a voluntarist and ambitious policy of preservation of the environment. In 2016, the airport had already achieved Level 3+ certification, the highest, of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, qualifying its carbon neutrality. This certification was obtained two years later by the two other airport platforms managed by the Group, making it the only 100% carbon neutral airport manager in France. Lastly, the Group committed to achieving the goal of zero CO2 emissions without compensation by 2030.


The acquisition of this fleet was supported by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis.

"We wanted to make the southern region a driving force for climate agreements. For this we voted our Regional Climate Plan, a "COP in advance", which translates concretely into 100 actions around 5 major axes. We devote nearly 25% of the budget of the Region. Among these actions, mobility plays a major role. It is a considerable lever that should allow us to act concretely in the service of ecology in our territories, and therefore the health of the Alpine and Azurian Provençal. This is why we are very proud to have participated in the implementation of 100% electric shuttles at Nice Côte d'Azur airport. This project marks a step towards our goal of becoming the first Smart region in Europe, "says Renaud Muselier, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region.

"The attractiveness of our metropolitan area continues to grow and requires infrastructures that respond to its development. Generator of growth and jobs, the development of the airport is necessary and must be part of the ambitious commitments we have already made in environmental matters. The implementation of these 100% electric shuttles completes the full openings this year of Line 2 and Line 3 of the tram, connected to the airport and facilitating the movement of residents and visitors, and the launch of electric buses that will drive on the Promenade des Anglais as early as December. Clean and ecological, these new means of transport must contribute to achieving the ambitious goal we have set for ourselves in the framework of our Climate-Territorial Energy Plan adopted in October, namely to reduce by 22% our greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse ", continues Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis and Deputy President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region.

"We are particularly proud, in the Transdev Group, of being the first to install 100% electric vehicles at a French airport. All the more satisfied that we manage to do so in particularly tight deadlines, thanks to the excellent relationship we have with the manufacturer. We defend on a daily basis, especially through our experimental sites, our position as Europe's leading operator of zero emissions mobility. Eco-responsibility is not a posture, but a commitment of every moment, "comments Edouard Hénaut, General Manager France Transdev.


"The new Mercedes-Benz full-electric eCitaro paves the way for electric mobility in the heart of cities; it produces no CO2 emissions and emits virtually no noise, thus meeting the energy transition law perfectly. We thank Nice Côte d'Azur Airport for the great showcase it offers us and the Transdev Group for the trust we have shown for years and renewed on this occasion, "says Eric Schmidt, bus and key account sales manager at Daimler Buses-EvoBus France.

About Nice Côte d'Azur Airport

Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is the second largest airport in France after Paris with 13.85 million passengers in 2018, 121 direct destinations and 61 regular airlines serving 44 countries. Outside Paris, it is also the only French airport to offer six long-haul destinations on scheduled flights (Beijing, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Montreal and New York) and to host the A380 in daily flight. - @AeroportNice


Article published on 28/11/19