Electric buses in Naples, 253 buses produced in China and Italy arriving

Electric buses in Naples

In the beating heart of Napoli, a green revolution is about to transform the face of public transport. The arrival of 253 new electric buses marks a decisive step towards a more sustainable future, reducing the environmental footprint and improving air quality in the historic Neapolitan city.

Modern means of transport, the result of an international collaboration starring Italian companies and Chinese giants of the automotive industry, promise to raise the standards of efficiency and comfort for Neapolitan citizens. A significant turning point, which not only responds to the climate emergency but also strengthens the link between technological innovation and the protection of urban heritage.

The electric fleet: a new beginning

The heart of the transformation of public transport in Naples beats with the clean energy of 253 electric buses, ready to ply the streets of the city with a revolutionary silence. At the center of this innovation are 142 vehicles provided by Byd Europe BV, a Chinese automation giant that won the main lots of the contract with its cutting-edge models. These buses are distinguished by their size and capacity, come on normal buses from 11 meters to jointed over 18 metres, ensuring a flexible response to the different needs of urban mobility.

The fleet is further enriched with i Higer minibus and Zonson short buses, small technological jewels which, despite their small size, do not compromise in terms of performance and comfort. Made with Chinese components but assembled with skill Italian company from Sitcar Mobility Vehicles Srl and Pagliani Service Srl, these vehicles represent a bridge between two industrial worlds, combining quality and innovation.

The offer is completed by i 46 Iveco buses, pride of Italian industry, which with their intermediate length fit perfectly into the urban fabric, combining agility and welcoming capacity. With a total investment of 172,5 million euro, financed through Pnrr funds, Naples is preparing to make a qualitative leap in public transport service, focusing on vehicles that guarantee zero emissions and minimal environmental impact.

  • Byd Europe BV: 142 buses
  • Sitcar Mobility Vehicles Srl: Higer minibus
  • Pagliani Service Srl: Zonson short buses
  • Iveco: 46 medium-sized buses

An Italian-Chinese collaboration in the transport sector

Innovation in the public transport sector in Naples is the result of one Italian-Chinese collaboration which brings an unprecedented technological synergy to the streets of the city. The companies Sitcar Mobility Vehicles Srl e Pagliani Service Srl emerge as key figures in this panorama, acting as bridges between Italian engineering and advanced Chinese technology. THE Higer minibus and Zonson short buses, although they boast Chinese components, they are assembled and finished in Italy, testifying to a perfect union of global expertise and local savoir-faire.

Not only this model of cooperation enriches the industrial fabric of Naples and Italy, but also guarantees vehicles that meet the specific needs of Neapolitan urban mobility. The ability to combine advanced Chinese technologies in the field of electric vehicles with precision andattention to detail typical of Italian industry translates into electric buses that are efficient, reliable and suitable for improving the travel experience of passengers.

A partnership that represents an example virtuous of how international collaboration can accelerate the transition towards more sustainable and innovative public transport, while respecting the high standards of safety and comfort required by the urban context of Naples.

  • Sitcar Mobility Vehicles Srl: Higer mini-bus assembly
  • Pagliani Service Srl: construction of Zonson short buses
  • Chinese technology: components and innovation
  • Italian expertise: assembly, finishing and adaptation to local needs

Technical characteristics of the buses and innovations present

The new electric buses that are preparing to travel the streets of Napoli they are not only a symbol of sustainability, but also showcases of advanced technology e innovation. Vehicles designed to meet the specific needs of urban transport stand out for their technical features cutting edge. With variable dimensions, ranging from 7 to 18 meters, offer flexible solutions for every type of city route, while ensuring efficiency and reduced environmental impact.

Each bus is equipped with high capacity traction batteries, which ensure long autonomy with a single charge, and charging systems plug-in which facilitate energy maintenance operations. Furthermore, the presence of CCS COMBO 2 type charging connector standardizes the process, making it compatible with most existing charging infrastructures.

The attention to passenger comfort is reflected in the internal equipment of the buses: conditioned air, Wifi connection Free, surveillance cameras for safety, e monitor which provide real-time information on the trip. The reception capacity varies according to the size of the vehicle, ranging between 20 and 30 seats, thus optimizing the space to guarantee comfortable journeys even at the busiest times.


  • High capacity batteries: extended autonomy
  • Plug-in charging system: ease of maintenance
  • CCS COMBO 2 connector: compatibility with existing infrastructures
  • Comfort equipment: air conditioning, Wi-Fi, security, real-time information

Environmental impact and sustainability

The introduction of the new fleet of electric buses in Naples represents a significant step towards a more sustainable future for the city. These vehicles, completely emission-free, will contribute substantially to the reduction of air and noise pollution, improving the quality of urban life and preserving the historical and cultural heritage of Naples.

The adoption of these green means of transport is part of a broader context of environmental policies aimed at combating climate change and promoting a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Thanks to cleaner public mobility, Naples is on its way to becoming a model of urban sustainability, inspiring other cities to follow this virtuous example.

In addition to benefiting the environment, electric buses offer long-term economic benefits by reducing costs related to fossil fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance. This initial investment, supported by Pnrr funds, will result in significant savings for the city and a better allocation of resources towards other essential services.

  • Zero emissions: improvement of air quality
  • Reduction of noise pollution: greater tranquility in urban areas
  • Promotion of sustainability: example for other cities
  • Economic advantages: reduction of operating and maintenance costs

With the realization of this ambitious project, Naples demonstrates its commitment not only to improving city mobility, but also to actively contributing to safeguarding the environment for future generations.

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Written by Gennaro Marchesi
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