Jan. 12, 2017 - Connexion has ordered 8 BYD pure electric ebuses
The Chinese manufacturer of electric buses BYD and the Dutch subsidiary of Transdev, Connexxion, signed a contract in Hilversum, the Netherlands, for the supply of eight pure electric ebuses. The agreement calls for the in-service support of the buses by BYD for a 10-year period. The ebuses will enter service in Haarlem city from September 2017. Each bus is expected to cover 85-90,000 km a year. These are the first all-electric buses to be ordered by Connexxion for service in the capital city of North-Holland, Haarlem. Connexxion is the first public transport company in the Netherlands to take a prominent role in the transition to zero emission public transport. After the implementation in the city of Eindhoven of the one of the biggest zero emission fleets in Europe, the Haarlem region is now following.
Jan. 12, 2017 - Scania bi-articulated Euro 6 gas bus
The Scania F340 HA 8 × 2 model il the first bi-articulated bus powered by an Euro 6 front gas engine. It has been developed by Scania in collaboration with the bodybuilder Busscar de Colombia. Tis vehicle is 26 meters long and has a capacity of 250 passengers. "This bus is specially designed to optimize the mobility of a rapid transit bus system, "said Rutger Hörndahl, Product Manager Bus rapid transit (BRT) of Scania Buses and Coaches. "Based on an average of 2 passengers per car, you can replace 125 cars thus contribute in a concrete way to decongest the city traffic. The gas powered engine will ensure an important decrease in the consumption of energy and a reduction of urban pollution. "
The Euro 6 Scania gas buses are already in regular service in Cartagena, Colombia. Independent tests have proven their ability to perform high-altitude routes without loss of power and torque.
January 10, 2017 - The first Firestone tire for city buses
The new FS492 all-position pneus is the new Firestone product for the bus business. it's the first tire specially developed by the US producer for urban transport. The advantages of the new pneus are safety and passenger comfort, strength, long-term performance and profitability for operators. The tire has a side protection that protects it from abrasion and damage caused by the impact with curbs. Tread wear indicators on the side also tell you when it's time to turn the tire. The robust tire carcasses also offer the possibility of reconstruction. The grip in the wet and at low temperatures is guaranteed by the innovative blades at different depths while the M + S and 3PSMF markings allow the use in any season, contributing to safe driving even in the harshest winter conditions.
The new Firestone FS492 is available across Europe from December 2016 in size 275 / 70 R22.5
January 10, 2017 - Alexander Dennis Inc in Nappanee, Indiana
Alexander Dennis Inc (ADI), who is part of the North American arm of Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), has invested in a manufacturing hub in Nappanee, Indiana. Here ADI was engaged with a contract manufacturer to produce double deck buses in Nappanee since September 2014. From December, 29 2016 ownership of assets and the facility lease wholly transitioned to ADI who take over the entire operation.
ADI will optimize manufacturing efficiency by consolidating all operations at the Nappanee site into one 12,000 sq. m. building rather than the previous smaller footprint spread over multiple buildings. A second body assembly line will be added to the existing two lines (one chassis, one body) which will more than double weekly output. One body assembly line will focus on the world’s best-selling three axle double deck, the Enviro500 13’6 (4.1m) model and one on the revolutionary new Enviro500 SuperLo. This project is due for completion by March 2017.
Alexander Dennis Inc (ADI), Alexander Dennis Canada Inc. (ADCI) and Alexander Dennis Mexico, S.A. de CV (ADMX) form the North American division of Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), one of the world’s leading bus and coach manufacturers. ADL’s North American division dates back to 2005 when ADI was formed.
Dec. 29, 2016 - A dozen of Indcar Mobi City buses for Cialone Tour
In mid December the bus operator Cialone Tour based in Ferentino, Italy, presented twelve Indcar Mobi City units, which will be added to its urban fleet in the first week of January 2017. Built by the Iberian manufacturer on Iveco Daily 70C Euro 6 chassis, the vehicles are 7,997 m long and have a capacity of 14 seated passengers plus 27 standing people and a wheelchair area. All the buses have a rear low entrance for easy access of reduced mobility passengers and are fitted with defibrillator. The Mobi City model is ideal for down town narrow streets. It is equipped as standard with air conditioning, heating system, and multiplex bodywork control system, among other features.
Dec 28, 2016 - Two new Irizar i2e buses in Bilbao
Two Irizar electric buses joined the fleet of Bilbous based in Bilbao, Spain. The two 12-metre long, 100% electric, zero emissions Irizar i2e buses are fitted with sodium-nickel batteries that provide power to the electric motor, resulting in a nominal torque of 1500 Nm and 180 kW of power. The vehicle regenerates braking energy as electricity, increasing battery life. The range declared by Irizar is over 200 km. The buses are featured with all the comfort, accessibility and safety equipment requested by Bilbobus including USB chargers as well as all the systems for optimal fleet management.
Irizar also supplied the charging stations and the smart charging system for the buses, developed by JEMA (an Irizar Group company), which automatically manages and optimises electricity consumption.
Dec. 28, 2016 - The 800th Iveco Crossway to DB Regio Bus
Iveco Bus handed over the 800th vehicle of the Crossway range to the German operator DB Regio Bus which is responsable for the transport by bus on behalf of Deutsche Bahn in Germany. It's a 12-metre Crossway LE fitted with 45 comfort seats with coach-like seat belts and a room for 38 standing passengers, kneeling, WiFi and two sockets in the centre of the bus. Electronic passenger information displays in the interior compartment provide audiovisual information about progress along the current route. The engine is the 320-hp Cursor 9 which complies with the Euro VI standard emissions without exhaust gas recirculation.
This vehicle is part of a supply for Crossway city and intercity buses and is set to be used on scheduled services run by the Flensburg branch.
Dec. 27, 2016 - Volvo hybrid electric buses in Luxembourg
Bertrange, south-west Luxembourg. On December 20, it was inaugurated an OppCharge electric bus system with 12 Volvo electric hybrid buses and charging infrastructure supplied by ABB. The charging station and bus stop was built by ABB together with the national road administration (Administration des Ponts et Chausseés). Runned by the bus operator Sales-Lentz, the plug-in hybrid electric buses will be fully charged in three to six minutes at the bus terminal during the service time. The ABB fast charger has a modular design and a power of 150 kW a but it can be upgraded to 300kW and 450kW.
Luxembourg was one of the first countries in Europe to introduce buses with hybrid technology. In 2009, the first Volvo hybrids were delivered. Today 41 Volvo 7900 Hybrids operate in Luxemburg. Sales-Lentz, the leading bus operator in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, will be the first Volvo customer for full electric buses to start operation in May 2017.
Dec. 22, 2016 - 18 Irizar i2e buses will land in South West France
Agglomération Côte Basque Adour, grouping of five French municipalities in the New Aquitaine region, has chosen the technology of Irizar e-mobility, the electromobility business of Irizar Group, for the introduction of two electric bus lines. Irizar will supply 18 i2e 100% electric articulated buses (BRT) and the charging stations at the end of each line with fast charging infrastructure, or even slower charging at the depots. Works for the two dedicated bus lanes will start in 2017 and the launch of the service will take place on 1st April 2019. On that date Agglomération Côte Basque Adour will be the first in France to have two complete lines with a 100% electric bus system. The 18.73-m vehicles will have a state-of-the-art TramBus design, incorporating technology 100% developed within the Irizar Group.
This contract also includes the integral maintenance of the vehicles and infrastructure over the the next 15 years.
Dec. 22, 2016 - 62 VDL Citeas for Arriva Nederland
VDL Bus & Coach has delivered 62 Citeas to Arriva Nederland for the Southeast Friesland and Dutch West Frisian Islands concession. The supply includes 48 Citea LLE-120 buses fitted Wi-Fi and USB charging points for every seat and 12 Citea Electric buses in a length of 12 and 18 meters. The electric vehicles are fitted with a rapid charging system using a pantograph.
Arriva Nederland is part of the Arriva Group, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading passenger transport company, operating in 14 European countries.
Dec. 21, 2016 - Growing business for Scania Ibérica
Scania's Spanish subsidiary has announced more than 500 units registered just in the first week of December.
In a market that has grown over 25% in the same period last year, Scania increased more than 75% with a market share increased more than 7 percentage points. In the intercity segment Scania registered 374 units, reaching a market share of 21.6% and growing by 59.8% compared to 2015.
"Scania's growth than the market shows a leap in quality of these results," said Ignacio Cortezón, bus commercial director of Scania Ibérica. "One factor to mention is the good moment of the sector that went better than expected. Scania Euro 6 buses are appreciated by customers and are giving good results. The market is also showing us the good reception of sustainable transport solutions and the proof is that approximately 25% of our registered units are powered by alternative fuel engines. We should also mention the good market penetration of the Citywide hybrid bus in Class II. "
Dec. 21, 2016 - Global Passenger Network is expanding
New partners join the Global Passenger Network (GPN), an international network of bus operators. On the occasion of the 20th GPN conference held in Dublin, Ireland, in early November, was officially announced the entry of four new members: Umbrella Group (Czech Republic), GTH coaches (Hungary), Faniani (Slovenia) and Prasanna Indian group that opens the way to Asia. The conference also established new entries among the sponsors: the Iberian bus manufacturer Unvi, Passengera (entertainment on-board), BMS Audio (audio solutions), iDrive (fleet safety management). These are in addition to 17 others who in recent years have supported and sponsored the activities of the GPN. The GPN members are working on different projects, such as the "local coverage". This is an extended coverage of the territory through sub-networks on a national scale. Italy is among the most active in this project, since it is going to formalize the creation of Vettori Italiani Associati (VIA), an organization made up of the 21 most representative companies in the territory (one per region).