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Live from the transport sector.


The number of registered buses doesn't increase.


Operators from all around Italy at the “City of the Bus 3.0”.


In partnership with Skoda the new trolleybuses.


A study confirms its great potential.


On display at Busworld Kortrijk.


All new buses on display at Busworld Kortrijk.


Road test for the 15-meter S 519 HD.

December 14, 2017 - Solaris Urbino electric buses for Frankfurt
Another order for electric buses has been forwarded to Solaris Bus & Coach. The Frankfurt-based company 'In der City Bus Frankfurt am Main' has commissioned five Urbinos 12 with electric drive. The vehicles will be fitted with two electric engines and batteries boasting a capacity of 240 kWh. They will be equipped with an efficient air conditioning system regulating the temperature of the whole vehicle, energy-saving LED lighting of the interior, passenger information system with 3 LCD screens, USB ports for each row of seats and Wi-Fi. The Solaris electric buses for Frankfurt will be able to carry up to 70 passengers, 28 of which seated. Two additional folding seats will be installed in the space reserved to wheelchair. The supply of the five vehicles is scheduled for mid-2018.
December 12, 2017 - The 10,000th Enviro400 by AlexanderDennis
The British bus building company based in Scotland has celebrated a major milestone with the roll-out of its 10,000th two-axle, low floor double deck Enviro400. The 78-seat executive Enviro400 will join ADL’s demonstration fleet. It comes complete with leather seats, wood effect flooring, seat belts, Wi-Fi, USB charging points, mobile phone holders, skylight roof panels as well as next-stop audio and visual announcement systems. Colin Robertson, ADL’s Chief Executive, commented: “We have had many landmark moments with the Enviro400, from the launch in 2005 to the facelift in 2009, the major model change in 2014 and the introduction of the City version in October 2015. We have also seen it lead the way as a fuel-efficient, low emission diesel, as a diesel-electric hybrid and as a gas bus. While it was designed as an integral vehicle, we have also bodied it on Volvo and Scania chassis. In addition, although it was mainly intended for the UK market, we have had significant business wins with the Enviro400 in Hong Kong and New York.”
December 12, 2017 - Castrosua CNG buses for Seville
The transport company Tussam Sevilla proceeds with the modernization of the fleet and once again focuses on the Castrosua brand. 360 are the units supplied so far by the Iberian producer to Tussam. The latest supply includes 15 urban buses in the City Versus range, bodied on Man A22 chassis. All vehicles are powered by compressed natural gas. They are 12 meters long with a capacity of 27 seated passengers plus two seats reserved for people with reduced mobility. The vehicles are fitted with three doors, large windows with sliding opening, low heat transmission windows and cold air barriers on each door to ensure optimum interior temperature. The on-board equipment includes USB sockets on the central platform and suspended handles. The driving area is ergonomic and equipped with an anti-vandal closure. The city of Seville has a fleet of 400 units of which over 50% powered by natural gas.
December 11, 2017 - Solaris electric bus fleet in Jaworzno, Poland
The Municipal Transport Company (PKM) in Jaworzno, Poland, has incorporated into its fleet 22 electric Solaris buses. The supply includes 9 articulated Urbino 18 electric buses, 9 Urbino electric buses with a length of 12 metres and 4 buses belonging to the MIDI Urbino 8,9 electric model. Batteries can be charged also on the ruote thanks to a pantograph charging system. The vehicles are fitted with LED lighting, USB ports, air conditioning for both passengers and driver, ramp and wheelchair bay, passenger information system, intelligent fleet management system.
December 1, 2017 - Solaris 18-meter electric bus in Warsaw
The Municipal bus company in Warsaw has just leased the new Solaris Urbino 18 electric. It is the first vehicle of that kind in the Polish capital and one of the first electric articulated buses in Europe. The vehicle is fitted with two e-engines integrated into the drive axle, boasting a power of 120 kW each and high capacity batteries of the Solaris High Energy battery type. With these batteries, states the manufacturer, the vehicles can cover a travel distance of more than 200 kilometres per charge. Batteries can be charged either through a plug-in connector or via a pantograph. “Leasing and testing that vehicle constitutes the preliminary arrangements to the tender which we want to publish as soon as at the beginning of 2018. The vehicles produced for Warsaw will arrive in two lots: 60 in 2019 and 70 in 2020”, said Jan Kuźmiński, CEO of the Municipal Bus Company.
November 28, 2017 - MB Citaro Electric: the first customer
It's Rhein Neckar Verkehr GmbH the first company to order the Mercedes-Benz Citaro with fully electric drive. The Memorandum of understanding was signed the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH. End of 2018 is the scheduled period for the first vehicles deliveries, and then the vehicles will go into practical operation in the Rhein-Neckar metropolitan region as part of customer trials. The fully electric Mercedes Benz Citaro will be manufactured at the EvoBus plant in Mannheim, their Centre of Competence for city buses. It is powered by electric wheel hub motors at the rear axle and it receives its drive energy from lithium ion batteries. The modular design of the battery pack allows individually customised solutions to match a wide range of applications and requirements in city traffic. Mercedes Benz can also optionally supply the Citaro with intermediate recharging solutions. One of the particular features will be the precise refined thermal management of the bus's drive and climate control systems which reduces energy consumption significantly. As a result the range without changing the size of battery will be extended.
Nov. 28, 2017 - Irizar: the largest contract for BRT system
Amiens Metropole, a city in Northern France, has entrusted Irizar with the installation of its BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system, on three of its lines. The contract, signed by the Group’s company Irizar e-mobility, includes 42 18-m articulated buses. The Irizar ie tram model is a 100% electric bus with a capacity of 155 seats. The project includes the installation of opportunity charging stations by pantograph and other smart charging stations at the depots. The vehicles for Amiens Metropole will be manufactured in the new Aduna plant that has been operating at full capacity since last year. The new order takes the existing portfolio to 69 units of such model.  
November 23, 2017 - 541 Scania chassis for GAZ Group
Scania Rus LLC will supply 541 chassis to GAZ Group for the production of their LiAZ Voyage intercity buses. This is the biggest order placed by GAZ Group since 2014, when Scania delivered more than 700 chassis for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games. The new buses are part of a public transport upgrade program by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. Deliveries of the chassis began in October 2017 and will continue until March 2018. Assembly will take place at the Likino Bus Plant before being put into service on urban, suburban and intercity routes by Mostransavto. "The combination of the Scania chassis and the LiAZ body were chosen with Russian operational conditions in mind", said Scania. "Covering the Moscow region requires servicing routes of up to 500 kilometres. The new buses will be one of the first steps in improving the Moscow region’s public transport infrastructure". GAZ Group started using Scania chassis for its Cruise touring coaches in 2004. In total, Scania provided more than 2,200 chassis to the Russian manufacturer.
Nov. 23, 2017 - Volvo Buses: the largest order for hybrid buses
The Australian company Latrobe Valley Bus Lines (LVBL), based in Melbourne, has placed an order for eight Volvo B5LH hybrid buses. It's the biggest order to date in this market and it follows a successful 12 month trial of a Volvo hybrid bus. The hybrids, to be bodied locally in Melbourne by Volgren, will be delivered over the next three years, with the first three going into service in 2018. The hybrid buses will feature low floor layouts to improve passenger access and safety. In total, Volvo Buses has sold more than 3,500 hybrids worldwide. The biggest markets are the UK, Colombia, Spain and Sweden.
November 21, 2017 - MAN invests in its production sites
MAN will invest about 2.4 billion euros in modernizing its production sites by 2020. Of these, 1.1 billion will be invested only in Munich between 2015 and 2020. In addition to the construction of a new cogeneration plant and other projects, such as the expansion of the bodywork department, a new painting plant was inaugurated by the deputy mayor of Monaco Josef Schmid. The settlement extends over five levels and has a total area of ​​18,000 square meters in a building of 150 meters long and about 30 meters high, for an investment of about 85 million euros. MAN is also developing an important project at Allach, always in Munich, to revolutionize research and development. The new MAN Development Center building will be inaugurated in January 2018 and will cost approximately 90 million euros. In the future about 360 engineers will be engaged in trucks and buses here, with another 100 employees in the workshop. The building has a total area of ​​33,000 square meters and prototypes will be created using state-of-the-art prototyping techniques such as 3D printing.
Nov. 21, 2017 - The electric bus Aptis under test in Strasbourg
From November 20 to 24, the Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS) is being testing the electric bus Apris under real conditions with passengers on board. Presented in March 2017, Aptis is the 100% electric bus co-developed by Alstom and NTL. Inspired by trams, it's fitted with wide doors and windows, low floor and four guide wheels that help minimize the area taken up when turning (25% less than a conventional bus). It can be charged in depot at night but Alstom will also offer a quick charging solution at the terminus of each line via a reverse pantograph, using SRS, Alstom's innovative static recharging system. Two Aptis prototypes were produced in NTL's Duppigheim facility: a two-door version tested in Paris on the RATP network, in Lyon, Belgium, and now in Strasbourg and a three-door version currently in a one-year trial run on the Keolis network in Ile-de-France. “This experiment will help test Aptis' special features in a new urban setting”, stated Alstom in a press release, “prove its ability to fit with existing transport networks, and test its range following successful initial trials in Ile-de-France, Lyon, and Belgium".
November 21, 2017 - News from Iveco Bus and Skoda Electric
A new generation of trolleybuses will be manufactured by Iveco Bus in collaboration with the Skoda Electric partner. The official announcement at Busworld Europe 2017. These trolleybuses will be featured by innovative solutions such as the "In-Motion Charge" technology which combines the use of two catch rods and energy storage in the battery. The new trolleybus will be offered in the Urbanway and Crealis BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) ranges from 12 and 18 meters in length. "Iveco Bus has long experience in the trolleybus industry," pointed out the CNH Industrial's brand, "and counts more than 800 units sold in Europe, including the recent delivery of 49 Crealis to Bologna, Italy. This new development was possible thanks to the partnership with Skoda Electric, the European leader in the trolleybus technology. This choice is a natural result of a nearly 20-year-old partnership between the two brands and the Skoda's leading position, which counts 15,000 vehicles equipped with this technology already in circulation in Europe".