18 December 2019
Scania has signed a deal to deliver 450 buses to Côte d’Ivoire.
The buses will enter service in the African nation’s economic capital, Abidjan, as part of a major initiative to upgrade public transport.
The order, which was placed by the Ivorian Ministry of Transport, comprises 400 low-entry 13-metre and 50 18-metre articulated buses, bodybuilt by Marcopolo. The articulated buses will be powered by compressed gas.
It is estimated that the population of Greater Abidjan will increase to 7.7 million by 2030. By expanding public transport services through BRT, the aim is that two-thirds of the residents in 2030 will have access to the city centre within an hour.
“With this agreement, Scania further strengthens its position in West Africa as a provider of sustainable solutions for urban mobility,” said Anna Carmo e Silva, Head of Buses and Coaches at Scania.
“Over the past few years, Scania has successfully participated in improving urban mobility in Ghana and Nigeria. Based on that experience, we now look forward to a long-term partnership in providing better public transport services also in Abidjan.”