Accelerating the electrification of local public transport, with a focus on sustainability and inclusion, and providing an essential service for pupils: these are the guiding principles of the partnership between Enel X, Enel’s innovative business line that operates through XBus, the joint venture with Infracapital, and Arriva Italia, the Italian holding company of the Arriva Group, which has made it possible to supply 20 new electric vehicles offering school transport to students with disabilities. The new e-buses will be added to the Arriva Italia fleet, which, starting on January 10th, 2022 and in partnership with Meditral, will provide transport services for pupils with special educational needs and reduced mobility in the municipality of Rome. This project is one of the first examples in Italy of the ‘Bus as a service’ model, an innovative solution developed by Enel X through the XBus joint venture to electrify urban public transport, which offers energy according to mileage. Customers purchase the electric kilometers they need to cover their routes, which ensures that the service is provided efficiently and sustainably. Enel X offers Arriva the full package, which includes 20 electric buses, the installation of a medium/low voltage cabin, maintenance, and energy supply from renewable sources. Enel X Way, a company owned by Enel specializing in electric mobility, has also recently installed 10 e-bus charging stations along with the JuiceNet Manager dashboard for optimizing night-time charging. Each vehicle is fitted with specific advanced equipment for transporting physically disabled passengers, including an automatic hydraulic lift for wheelchairs. They are also equipped with an AED defibrillator and an innovative telemedicine system: if a passenger were to suddenly feel unwell, an on-the-spot diagnosis can be made by communicating the vital signs to a head office manned by specialized doctors who can assess how serious the situation is in real time. In order to ensure utmost safety for passengers, all vehicles also have a video surveillance system installed inside. The service involves picking students up from home, helping them get on the bus and taking them to school. At the departure/arrival terminus, a care giver appointed by the Municipality of Rome will be waiting for them at a designated meeting point. The municipality itself certifies that the service is provided efficiently through a geolocation system that is specially installed on all vehicles. Arriva Italia’s fleet for transporting students with disabilities in Rome currently includes 246 drivers operating 228 routes with approximately 1,000 passengers per day.