First TUV Rheinland certified pure electric inner city bus exported from China to the EU

TUV Rheinland, the world-leading provider of inspection, testing and certification services, awarded EU Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) to the Jiangsu ALFA Bus Corporation, the first Chinese manufacturer successfully exports electrical inner city bus to Italy in conformity with European standards.

At the World Bus Expo held in Asia, the Italian urban passenger vehicle operator LAMA showed great interests in the pure electric bus manufactured by Jiangsu ALFA Bus, and stated its intention to make a sizeable purchase of such vehicles to use in Grosseto, Italy. However, pure electric vehicles cannot be exported to Italy unless they gain an EU WVTA, a very strict form of approvals that the EU Committee ensures member countries implement on whole vehicles, safety components and systems on the basis of EC directives and regulations. Drawing on its abundant experience and professional technologies in automobile testing and certification, TUV Rheinland carried out the related testing for half a year, certifying 26 system approvals.

Oliver Rothert, Mobility Service Director of the TUV Rheinland Group, awarded the first EU Whole Vehicle Type Approval Certificate in China to Jiangsu ALFA Bus at an official ceremony recently. He commented that “as the certification service agency for this project, TUV Rheinland successfully finished the task despite the many challenges we faced during the process”. He went on to note that “the outstanding achievements of Jiangsu ALFA Bus meant that the Chinese automobile industry has taken a huge step forward”.

LAMA, the Italian operator, disclosed the fact that Chinese electric buses featuring zero emissions, low noise level, and less pollution were very competitive in Europe. While most Chinese vehicles are exported to developing countries, few ever enter the developed EU market. Hence, Jiangsu ALFA Bus gaining a ticket to EU market is very significant for the whole Chinese electric vehicle industry.

As an independent third-party certification organization and a provider of technical supervision services with 140 years’ history, TUV Rheinland offers the localized product testing of vehicles and international professional certification services to Chinese manufacturers. With its well-known and respected brand, and authoritative certification experience of over 100 years, TUV Rheinland is committed to helping Chinese manufacturers find their way into overseas markets and receive global recognition.


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