Vénissieux, 3rd October 2023

IVECO BUS and the European Space Agency (ESA) sign a Memorandum of Intent to leverage space applications to accelerate the roll-out of sustainable mobility solutions

The Memorandum of Intent (MoI) signed between IVECO BUS and the European Space Agency (ESA) is aimed at fostering and supporting the development of innovative space-based applications.

The MoI will also foster cross-industry collaboration with a range of stakeholders in the automotive sector and beyond. Together they will explore opportunities for space-based applications to support the transport industry as it transitions towards an increasingly green, inclusive and sustainable future.

Through this partnership with ESA, IVECO BUS will leverage the significant role that satellite technologies and data play in the evolution of people transport and in meeting the growing demand for efficient and reliable services from operators and passengers.

As a first step of the cooperation, IVECO BUS is cooperating with ESA on the ‘’Space for Infrastructure’’ initiative providing a variety of use cases on topics such as the availability of refueling stations for users of Fuel Cell Vehicles as well as space-enabled solutions for Demand Responsive Transport and Route Optimization.

Domenico Nucera, President of the Bus Business Unit at Iveco Group, said: “The people transport sector is evolving fast and space-based applications have an important role to play in supporting the energy transition of our industry. We are confident that the MoI with the European Space Agency will generate opportunities for us to further accelerate the roll-out of sustainable mobility technologies and services. At IVECO BUS, we are constantly investing in advanced technologies and establishing strategic partnerships with leaders such as ESA to keep pushing the boundaries, maintain our competitive edge and consolidate our leading position in the passenger transport sector.”

Rita Rinaldo, Head of the Projects & Studies Implementation Division at ESA Space Solutions, said “Our vision of a sustainable, green future for mobility underscores the necessity for collective action and we look forward to a fruitful cooperation with IVECO BUS for the roll-out of innovative space-based applications in the mobility sector. We are confident that space assets and data, together with digital platforms and autonomous systems, can enable the emergence of innovative sustainable services and new business models to the benefits of a large ecosystem of industrial players and user communities.”




IVECO BUS is a brand of Iveco Group N.V. (EXM: IVG), a global leader in commercial and specialty vehicles, powertrain, and financial services, listed on the Borsa Italiana in Milan. 

With a worldwide presence and a leading position in Europe in sustainable public transport, IVECO BUS supports public and private operators in all their missions, with an offer of global mobility solutions available in different energies, such as electric or powered by compressed natural gas compatible with biomethane.

The overall offer includes:

- school, intercity and tourism coaches;

- standard and articulated city buses, including BRT dedicated versions; city midibuses

- minibuses for all passenger transport missions.

- connectivity and fleet management services available through IVECO ON

- a portfolio of products and services with Energy Mobility Solutions, from simulations and design to the supply of charging stations, and installation and maintenance of the charging infrastructure

The extensive IVECO BUS and IVECO service network guarantees assistance around the world wherever an Iveco Bus vehicle is at work.

IVECO BUS employs over 5,000 people across five production units, in Annonay and Rorthais, France, Vysoké Myto, Czech Republic, Brescia and Foggia, Italy.

For further information about IVECO BUS: www.ivecobus.com

For further information about Iveco Group: www.ivecogroup.com


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