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On air from the world of transportation.


The conference on e-mobility was held in Milan.


Say goodbye to rear-view mirrors.


Trollino trolleybuses ranges from Italy to Lithuania.


Go-Ahead, Valeo, Hankook.


Full attendance at the Italian bus expo.


Test drive for the double-decker S 531 DT.

November 7, 2018 - Articulated Irizar ie buses for Luxembourg
After the supply of seven 12-m Irizar ie buses already in service in Luxembourg, the group Voyages Emilie Weber acquired another batch of electric vehicles. The 14 Irizar ie buses are this time in the articulated version. They are the first 18 m articulated buses with 525 kWh to operate in night charging mode. The agreement also includes the charging infrastructure and repair/maintenance contracts. The first deliveries are scheduled after March 2019. The 18-m Irizar ie bus has 3 doors with 51 seats, 4 foldable seats and 2 wheelchair areas for a total capacity of 104 passengers. The manufacturer declares a range of 200-220 km. They buses charged at night using 14 interoperable chargers designed and manufactured by the Irizar Group.
Nov. 7, 2018 - Large order for the ADL Enviro500 double-decker
AlexanderDennis was awarded by BVG Berlin for the supply of a new fleet of double deck buses. The model is Enviro 500 in a length to 13.8 m with three doors, two staircases and 80 seats. The first units are due to arrive in Berlin in 2020. An initial delivery of two pre-series vehicles has been agreed. After successful tests and trial operation, the acceptance of a minimum of 70 vehicles is guaranteed. "In a further step", points out the operator from Berlin, "BVG’s current plans envisage a fleet of 200 Enviro500 on the streets of Berlin in the near term. The present decision of BVG’s supervisory board allows the order of up to 430 buses from the framework contract. The maximum investment volume is €220 million." BVG operates around 1,500 buses which last year alone transported 441 million passengers. More than 400 double deckers are used on BVG services in Berlin. This is the largest fleet of its kind in continental Europe and one of the largest in the world.
Nov. 7, 2018 - EBS put into service ten VDL articulated ebuses
A fleet of ten VDL Citea SLFA-181Electric buses officially entered service in the network of the public transport operator EBS in the Waterland region, north of Amsterdam. The electric buses will be deployed on the R-net line 316 between Amsterdam and Edam-Volendam. The vehicles have a 3-door configuration in a BRT design with room for 50 seated and 80 standing passengers. They are fitted with deluxe seats, Wi-Fi and USB connections. The buses’ batteries have an energy capacity of 169 kWh and are charged at the Edam bus station during the day using rapid chargers with a maximum capacity of 450 kW. After a charging session of less than 15 minutes the bus is fully recharged and can travel the route again. At night the buses are charged with a maximum power of 30 kW at the depot.
November 7, 2018 - Greyhound Australia ordered 47 Irizar coaches
The leading Australian bus operator has chosen the Irizar brand for the renewal of its fleet with the acquisition of 49 i6 coaches. The vehicles are in the 12.3 m Mining version assembled on Volvo B8R Euro 5 chassis withthe latest 8 L Volvo engine (330 hp) and automatic transmission. The contract was signed in Melbourne on October 15th and the vehicles will be delivered to Greyhound starting from March 2019. The specifications include special developed systems for the mining environment including seat belt monitoring systems for all passengers, fire suppression system and European coach type reclining seats. "The partnership between Irizar and Greyhound Australia began in 2008", points out the Iberian manufacturer, "and since then Irizar has supplied more than 140 units to the coach operator. Irizar arrived in Australia in 2007."
November 7, 2018 - Setra Multiclass: last deliveries in Europe
Sixty-two Setra buses from the MultiClass series have been recently delivered from Alsace to Lower Saxony. The bus company LK Kunegel based in Colmar, France, will put into service 17 S 415 LE business in Strasbourg as part of a contract signed with Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois. Another 22 buses are now part of the fleet of Ahrtal-Verkehrs-Betrieb GmbH in Sinzig, Germany. The company also signed appropriate Omniplus service contracts. Last but not leas, the 23 Setra buses handed over by Gebken & Gerdes Verkehrs- und Reiseunternehmen GmbH and Hutfilters Reisedienst GmbH & Co., two bus companies from Lower Saxony. The supply includes six S 415 LE business, fifteen S 416 LE business and two S 418 LE business models equipped with wooden-look flooring.
Oct. 22, 2018 - Mercedes-Benz 2018 Eco Champ competition
Mercedes-Benz Buses is looking for Europe's most economic Tourismo driver. With the Eco Champ 2018 competition, the company invites to participate any bus company that has covered at least 3,000 kilometers with their new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo. "In order to participate at", explains the German manufacturer, "applicants need to provide proof in the form of a photograph of the cockpit showing mileage and average consumption as an absolute value of litres/100 km." The winners will receive an exclusive 22-speed Mercedes-Benz mountain bike with an ultra-light carbon frame. The deadline for registration is 25 November 2018.
October 16, 2018 - Autocar Expo is to start in Lyon
On October 17, will take place the 6th edition of Autocar Expo, the b2b fair dedicated to mobility and tourism by bus & coach. Autocar Expo is scheduled every two years in a different city in France and this year it returns to Lyon. It is an event created on the initiative of ten united brands of the bus & coach sector: Fast, Iveco Bus, Man / Neoplan, Mercedes-Benz, Dietrich Carebus Group, Van Hool, VDL Bus & Coach, Volvo, Scania, Setra). Over 100 exhibitors will present products and services on 19 thousand square meters of exhibition area. The appointment with the French bus four-day is on October 17-20 at the Eurexpo exhibition park in Lyon. More information at http: //
October 16, 2018 - A Setra ComfortClass lands in the Caribbean
The first coach of the Setra ComfortClass series landed in the French Guadeloupe island. It's a S 516 MD coach handed over by the bus company SA Pajamandy based in Saint Rose en Guadeloupe. The two-axle coach is fitted with 59 seats and is primarily earmarked for cruise ship tourists who count on the highest level of comfort while exploring the Caribbean island that covers 1,600 square meters. "The new S 516 MD will be the flagship of our company. This long distance coach is an absolute must nowadays", pointed out Thomas Pajamandy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bus company, which also runs routes in local public transport.
October 12, 2018 - Solaris electric buses for Luxembourg
The transport operator Sales-Lentz based in Bascharage, Southwest Luxembourg, has placed an order for the delivery of five Solaris electric buses. The 12-meter version (38 seats) will be fuelled via an electric portal axle with integrated electric motors with a power of 2 x 125 kWh while the articulated one (43 seats) will be propelled by a central traction engine with a power of 240 kW. For both the models, the energy storage system consists of batteries of the Solaris High Energy type with a total capacity 240 kWh. The vehicles can be charged either by means of a plug-in connector or via a roof-mounted pantograph. Solaris Bus & Coach will deliver two 12-meter buses in March 2019 and another three articulated buses of 18 metres in June of the same year.
October 10, 2018 - Scania CNG buses bodied by Castrosua
Four Scania buses powered by natural gas have been in service since last August in the autonomous community of Madrid Valdemoro. Acquired by Interurban Autómnibus S.A (AISA), the vehicles are bodied by the Iberian manufacturer Castrosua in the Magnus version. They are built on Scania K280 CV UB 4X2 GNC chassis with the 9- liter 280-hp Euro 6 engine (1,400 Nm of maximum torque). On board there is space for 40 seated passengers and 30 standing. Do not miss the central area for wheelchairs boarded through the automatic and manual ramp.
Oct. 9, 2018 - Solaris: large order of trolley buses from Lithuania
The Lithuanian transport operator UAB Kauno Autobusai has placed an order for 85 Solaris Trollino 12 trolley buses. Delivery shall be carried out over a period of 15 months from the signing of the contract at the beginning of October. The trolleybuses ordered by UAB Kauno Autobusai will accommodate up to 85 passengers (27 seated). They will be powered by an asynchronous traction motor (150 kW) and fitted with air conditioning, kneeling, ecological LED lighting, passenger information system, video surveillance system, breath alcohol ignition interlock. Through an electric power steering (EPS) pump the power steering system of the vehicle will still be able to operate even when there is no power coming from the traction line. With this agreement Solaris has strengthened its position in Europe as supplier of trolley buses. The Polish manufacturer has recently signed deals for the delivery of 50 Trollino 18 trolley buses to Cluj Napoca in Romania and of another 80 vehicles of the same type to Milan, Italy.
October 8, 2018 - Stadtbus opts for the Heuliez electric bus
The transport company Stadtbus has chosen the 100% electric bus GX 337 ELEC by Heuliez Bus for the city of Rottweil, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Awarded last June in Munich with the KS Energy and Environment Award, this model is equipped with an electric motor and NMC lithium ion batteries divided into eight packages (six on the roof and two in the rear compartment). The structure is made of stainless steel and the body is made of composite materials while the frame and the floor have a reinforced protection. To date, more than 100 vehicles of the GX ELEC range have been sold.