Yesterday RATP Group President and Chief Executive Catherine Guillouard and the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo officially inaugurated the first Open Tour Paris bus to run 100% on electricity. Both The Original Tour and its sister company Paris Open Tour are part of RATP Dev’s sightseeing division and members of the Extrapolitan alliance. With 750,000 passengers using the service every year, Open Tour is the leader in double-decker hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours in Paris, and will see the conversion of their fleet to 100% electrically powered vehicles. 

Alongside the Paris city authorities and the ADEME Environmental Agency, Open Tour Paris is committed to becoming a sustainable brand by reducing its CO2 emissions. Each 12 metre bus can transport up to 75 passengers with the entire fleet of 38 vehicles being converted to electrical power by 2025.  

“With this first 100%-electric sightseeing bus, RATP Group is clearly committed alongside the Paris city authorities to serve as a key player in the quality of life and quality of air for tourists in the Paris region and for all of its inhabitants. At the same time we will launch the same type of 100% electric buses in London in the weeks to come. This dynamic approach is part and parcel of the RATP Group commitment to energy transition, just like we have been working actively with our Bus2025 plan, in which we have committed to converting all our bus depots in the Paris region to 100% electric and bio gas fleets,” stated RATP Group President and Chief Executive Catherine Guillouard.

“This 100%-electric bus is a strong symbol of the energy transition we are now implementing in Paris. It demonstrates that it is possible to combine sightseeing appeal and economic dynamism with the development of a more breathable city that takes better care of its environment. I salute the resolve and commitment of RATP in this field. RATP is a major partner in our city for developing clean forms of mobility. I am certain that this approach will inspire many other parties in the tourism sector”, stated Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

The Group already operates nearly 1,000 hybrid buses, 75 electric buses and 200 buses using natural gas in several towns and cities in France and internationally.