Decree implementing Article 37 of the Energy Transition Act

On 12 January 2017, the decree implementing Article 37 of the Energy Transition Act was finally published in the Official Journal. This decree was the subject of an important watch within the Safra company, with a strong impact on the bus sales market in France. After numerous actions and letters of support carried out over the past several months by our local elected officials, the latest version of this decree positions Businova favourably on the market, thus consolidating the development prospects of the Safra company.

The Decree on Low-Emission Buses

The decree implementing Article 37 of the Energy Transition Act has finally been published in the OJ on January 12. This highly anticipated decree by public transport stakeholders defines the types of low-emission buses and the territories on which they will be allowed to travel. This textearrive in a tense context: repeated pollution peaks, public health issues, climate change, urbanization, car congestion… are all news topics.With its particular technology, the Businova developed by Safra seemed not to find its place in the various classifications of the first drafts of this decree. A plug-in hybrid electric technology such as that used in the Businova does not have an equivalent on the bus market. The stakes are high, so Vincent Lemaire, President Safra, did not hesitate to mobilize the political actors and in particular Jacques Valax, Deputy and Bernard Gilabert, Regional Councillor, who know the company well and have measured the common ecological stakes, local industrial employment, and the attractiveness of our territories. This is how Safra participated in the elaboration of this famous decree, which, after many actions and letters of support, saw the Businova rehabilitated in its latest version. Indeed, the Businova electric plug-in hybrid knows how to operate in Zero Emission mode in a protected area, unlike conventional hybrid vehicles, which only know how to do at best a few hundred meters in ZE mode at each stop.

SAFRA's actuality

Today, the Businova program is composed of a fully dedicated team of 25 people or ¼ of our Industrial Pole public transport equipment. With the 3 demonstrators of Albi, Gaillac and Toulouse, the company capitalizes a lot of experience, essential to the development of this program. The 12 m vehicle of the RTM Marseille, which is now in the approval process, incorporates this feedback.
At the marketing level, the company has entered an active phase. The announcement last June of the signing of a Businova for Périgueux has finally turned into 2 buses, with an order signed at the beginning of January. Also this month, the deliberation of the agglomeration of Castres Mazamet with the obtaining of an important incentive TEPCV (Territory Positive Energy for Green Growth), which allowed the agglomeration to commit to 3 Businova instead of a planned the last year.

Our sales targets are 10 orders for 2018 and 33 orders for 2019, which would create at least 45 new jobs in Albigeois. News Safra is also developing powerful financing for €7.5 million over the course of the year, which will boost the project and advance the internationalization already well underway.

Obtaining these funds will consolidate the strategic choices, and the risks taken so far by the company, its banking partners, and the State.Finally, the company will present its innovation this year at 4 major fairs including 2 international: the UITP in Montreal (Québec) in May and Busworld in Kortrijk (Belgium) in October, in addition to the national trade fairs AGIR in Douai in July and Les Rencontres Nationales du Transport Public in Marseille in October.

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