March 19, 2020. In the Pays de la Loire region, the agglomerations of Nantes and Saumur have recently integrated low-floor city buses with natural gas offered by Scania.
In Nantes, 17 units of the Swedish manufacturer have just entered service. Operated by STAO Transdev on behalf of TAN, they will serve lines 59 (Mendes-France Bellevue-Bout des Landes), 69 (Orvault-Marnière-Sautron), 89 (Le Cardo-Beauséjour) and 93 (Hôpital Laënnec- Bobby Sands- Hauts de Couëron). They are powered by a new station, installed by STAO, which has 24 slow filling stations.
In Nantes, this policy in favor of natural gas is not new. In 1997, the first CNG buses were put into service in the territory. Of the approximately 400 units in the metropolitan area, 90% run on natural gas.
For its part, the smallest metropolitan area of Saumur put into circulation three Citywide Low Flows. Purchased through the Public Transportation Purchase Center (CATP), they complete the fleet of around twenty buses and coaches on the Saumur Agglobus network. There are the first CNG buses in the city.
At 12 meters long, the Scania Citywide Low Floor CNG put into service in Nantes and Saumur has 21 seats and 77 standing places. Equipped with a 9-liter engine, they develop up to 280 horsepower.