IVECO inaugurates plant for zero- and low-emission buses in Foggia
IVECO BUS, the urban, intercity and tourism bus brand of Iveco Group N.V., inaugurated its new Foggia plant in Italy dedicated to the production of zero- and low-emission buses, on April 18, 2023.
“The new IVECO BUS plant in Foggia represents an important investment for Iveco Group, which is fully in line with our strategy to maintain and strengthen our presence in Italy at centres of excellence like our historic engine plant in Foggia. It is therefore with pride and pleasure that today we concretely mark the return of our bus production to Italy. In this way, we will provide the Italian public transport sector with our most technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable vehicles,” said Gerrit Marx, CEO of Iveco Group.
According to the industrial plan, at full speed the new facility will employ 100 highly specialised people working lines equipped with the most advanced Industry 4.0 technologies. The production volume of the plant will be 1,000 vehicles per year: high-tech buses with zero-emission propulsion (battery electric and hydrogen electric) and low-emission propulsion (methane/biomethane, traditional fuels and biofuels).
The plant emits zero net CO2 emissions. 100% of its energy comes from renewable sources, including more than 1,000 photovoltaic panels that produce 640 megawatt hours (MWh) per year. The entire project focuses on reducing energy consumption and recycling, making use of high-performance construction materials, Intelligent LED lighting and rainwater reuse.
Iveco Group is already present in Foggia with its FPT Industrial plant for the production of industrial engines and 1,600 employees, which make this one the largest industrial establishments in Puglia, Italy. The investment in the new plant is approximately EUR40 million (USD43 million), which will be partially offset by funds from the PNRR, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.
The inauguration of the new plant comes just eight months after the first stone was laid and less than a year after IVECO BUS announced its intention to return to producing buses in Italy.
Through this “Sustainable Enhancement of the Italian Bus Supply Chain” project, IVECO BUS is contributing to the energy and ecological transition process for public transport in Italy, ensuring as well as the acquisition of new technologies for the country.
In addition to Foggia, the project involves other Iveco Group sites and Italian suppliers. The research and development activity related to zero-emission propulsions and battery production is being conducted at the Turin, Italy, site of FPT Industrial, the Group’s powertrain technology brand.
The completion of the bus production that will take place in the new Foggia plant will utilise components, from seats to information technology systems, provided by the Italian supply chain.