In the past few days, Stefano Rampini, Chief Executive of Rampini, – one of the largest bus producing factories in Italy – has been in negotiations with the companyʼs partners regarding the possibility of setting up a manufacturing base in Hungary, according to reports.
Rampini said the plan is to use Hungarian suppliers for the most part, while the exact location of the manufacturing base remains undisclosed, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported. Initially these electric buses will be produced for the Hungarian market, only later will this be expanded to western Europe.
The Rampini brand name surfaced earlier in Hungary, the online daily noted. In 2014 Siemens-Rampini won the tender for 21 electric buses by Budapest Transport Center BKV. However, without government support and approval, BKV was not able to purchase the vehicles. As a result, the partners could not complete the deal before the purchase deadline. Rampini, however, has shown full confidence in the Hungarian market, index.hu reported.
Rampini’s plant is not the first such planned for Hungary. BYD, a Chinese electric bus company, has also shown interest in building a manufacturing base in Komárom, Hungary. The factory would produce electric buses, cars, and trucks and employ 300 workers. Similarly to Rampini, BYD also won a tender earlier, but in the end BKV did not purchase the buses, index.hu said.