May 18, 2013 - A Setra ComfortClass 500 coach for Schäfer-Reisen
The new Setra coach handed over by the German bus operator Schäfer-Reisen has taken its maiden journey on the Neu-Ulm, Nidderau, Vienna route. The vehicle is an S 516 HD, the first ComfortClass 500 touring coach to be delivered by Daimler AG to the German state of Hesse.
The 4-star luxury coach is fitted with a galley kitchen with a water heater and hot-dog warmer, a multipurpose area behind the second entrance and a DVB tuner for the audio/video system. The capacity is up to 48 passengers who can relax on comfortable reclining seats with leather headrests.
Schäfer-Reisen is based in Hessia, Germany, and offers long-distance tours throughout Europe, school bus services and regular-service bus. The company was founded in 1951 and in the very same year the first Setra buses were put into service.
May 17, 2013 - Three MB Citaro Euro VI buses for Trier, Germany
The public transport company of Trier, a city of the Rhineland-Palatinate State, Germany, put into service three Citaro Euro VI buses. To comply with the Euro VI emission standards, the buses combine the Mercedes-Benz SCR technology of AdBlue injection and oxidation catalyst with exhaust gas recirculation and a closed particulate filter. The urban buses equipped with Euro VI exhaust treatment technology produce 80 percent lower emsssions than their predecessors and use more than 8 percent less diesel fuel. This was substantiated in the "Record Run Buses" economy run conducted in autumn 2012 under the impartial supervision of Dekra.
Daimler Buses has delivered some 350 buses equipped with Euro VI exhaust treatment technology to date. By the end of 2013 more than 1700 Daimler Buses of the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands equipped with environmentally friendly Euro VI exhaust treatment technology are expected to be on the road.
May 17, 2013 - The Smart Move HLG recommendations
Doubling the use of buses, coaches and taxis to save lives and cut carbon emissions. This is the EU Smart Move High Level Group (HLG) recommendations presented to the European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas. The HLG also called on the EC to implement these proposals as a formal EU policy objective to be reached by 2025.
The HLG calculated that by doubling the use of bus and coach services it could alone save 1,500 lives per year, as well as considerably reducing injuries. HLG calculations also show a reduction of CO2 emissions of between 40 and 50 million tonnes per year and an expected 10-12% fall in car traffic as well as the creation of up to 3 million new sustainable and green EU jobs.
The HLG proposed 16 measures to achieve these objectives, including the creation of a permanent EU Smart Move Citizens Mobility Forum, involving public and private stakeholders.
The EU public-private Smart Move High Level Group was launched on 24 May 2012, to ensure a follow-up of the European Commission 2011 Transport White Paper and contribute to the EU 2020 Growth Agenda. It is composed of Members of the European Parliament, representatives of other European institutions and European cities and representatives of the private bus, coach and taxi industry.
May 14, 2013 - Optare and Dawsonrentals' strategic partnership
Optare plc is a UK bus manufacturer and parent company Ashok Leyland, part of the Hinduja Group, while Dawsonrentals bus and coach is a UK rental, hire and leasing company, offering buying, supply and financing of buses, coaches and accessible vehicles.
The two companies joined their forces in a strategic partnership. The agreement has secured a 50-bus order for Optare while it gives Dawsonrentals access to the international sales force of Optare’s major shareholder, Ashok Leyland, to facilitate the disposal of its used vehicles in right-hand-drive markets outside the UK. In return Dawsonrentals will purchase new replacement vehicles from Optare for its extensive UK rental flee
Optare will benefit from an ongoing new order stream commencing with the initial 50 vehicle order calling for the supply over the next six months of a mix of Solos, mostly in 9.0 and 9.7m form, which will join Dawsonrentals rental fleet.
May 14, 2013 - First batch of Enviro200s for McGill’s Buses
Scottish bus operator McGill’s Buses has taken delivery of 10 ADL Enviro200s. This is the first batch of an order for twenty vehicles that immediately entered service in the Inverclyde network, Scotland. The remaining ten units will be be delivered in autumn.
The Alexander Dennis Enviro200 is a midibus manufactured by Alexander Dennis since 2006 for the British market. The Enviro200s commissioned by McGill’s Buses are all 10.8m models powered by Cummins ISBe four-cylinder 160PS EEV engines with Allison S2100 transmissions. Specification includes bonded glazing, Mobitec destination equipment and Civic V2 seats.
McGill’s Buses is a bus operating firm based in Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland. The company employs over 700 staff and operates more than 350 buses across almost 55 routes.
May 10, 2013 - Indcar is going to open a new factory in Rumania
The Spanish body builder Indcar is focusing on the European market with the opening of a new factory in Rumania. It's located in Brasov (a town in Transylvania region) and it’s going to start activity on June 2013. The investment in the Rumanian factory amounts to EUR 4.6 million. Indcar plans to produce here more than 250 bodyworks per year with more than 60 workers. It will focus on minibus bodyworks, mainly school buses. In the first step, the products manufactured in Rumania will be destined to the main Indcar's markets like France or Italy while the future the prevision is to supply the markets of East Europe. In addition, Indcar will be produce exclusively in this plant the new model Mobi.
Indcar is a company orientend on export sales with 85% of its production sold in Europe. Indcar has branches in Italy (Modena) and more than 40 dealers across Europe, mainly in France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Germany, England. Indcar continues its commitment through the partnership with Vehixel, a French company engaged in the manufacture of bodies in addition to those made by Indcar.
May 10, 2013 - First 3-axle Setra ComfortClass 500 in Germany
German bus operator Block Busreisen from Lower Saxony took delivery of the first 3-axle Setra ComfortClass 500 model in Germany. This is also the first touring coach in the new ComfortClass 500 range delivered to North Germany. It's an S 517 HD fitted with 52 comfortable seats which have a minimum clearance of 83 centimetres to ensure plenty of legroom. All the seats are provided with armrests, passenger tables and footrests. The equipment includes a galley and a DVB T tuner for the audio and video system.
The 3-axle S 517 HD is powered by an environmentally friendly Euro VI engine and features numerous safety systems. They include the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with the Emergency Braking Assistance system (ABA2), which is fitted with a new radar sensor and automatically brakes the coach, even when stationary obstacles are detected.
The ComfortClass 500 series offers an interior headroom increased to 2100 mm. In this way even taller passengers sitting on the wall side can now stand up comfortably.
May 10, 2013 - The Solaris Urbino 18.75 bus will debut in Germany
By the end of May, five Solaris Urbino in a lenght of 18.75 m. will enter service in Hagen, a German city located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. These are the first Solaris Urbino 18.75 sold in the German market. The contract was signed with the city’s municipal operator Hagener Straßenbahn AG in January 2013 and it also includes delivery of five Solaris Urbino 12 that will join the other nine acquired in 2011.
The Urbino 18.75 is the longest Solaris bus ever offered and it was presented during IAACommercial Vehicles exhibition in autumn 2012. The vehicle gives the possibility of installing an extra row of four seats, enhancing its passenger capacity.
May 10, 2013 - Solaris Hybrid bus in Plzeň, Czech Republic
Solaris Bus & Coach delivered an Urbino 12 Hybrid bus in Western Bohemian city of Plzeň, Czech republic. The vehicle is fully developed and manufactured in cooperation between Solaris and Škoda Electric, a leading world manufacturer of electric drives and traction motors. Featured with an electric drive from Škoda Electric, the hybrid bus is environmentally friendly and has a significantly lower consumption than classical buses.
«Running on its battery, the bus can go as far as 10 km without the need of battery re-charging or the use of a diesel generator. This design is suitable especially for intensive traffic in cities with a high frequency of starting and braking at relatively slow speeds", says Karel Majer, director of the Trolleybuses division at Škoda Electric.
May 7, 2013 - The IPT Charge by Conductix-Wampfler
At the UITP Mobility & City Transport Exhibition (Geneva, May 26-30), Conductix-Wampfler will present the IPT Charge. It's an energy transfer system for electric vehicles that works by magnetic resonance coupling. A primary coil is connected to the electricity grid via an infeed converter while a pickup coil with a rectifier is integrated in the floor of the bus. This technology permits automatic and efficient non-contact electricity transmission. It works on the principle of a construction kit: depending on the size of the bus, a charge of 60, 120 or 180 kW can be delivered wirelessly–charges that can also be achieved on 400V networks. The charging modules are delivered ready for service so once the preparations have been made below ground, they only have to be lowered into the shaft.
Conductix-Wampfler is fully owned by Delachaux Group and is a world leader in the design and manufacture of energy and data transmission systems for all types of mobile equipment and machinery.
May 6, 2013 - Smart Move Road Safety Handbook and charter
On the eve of the United Nations Global Road Safety Week (May 6-12, 2013), the bus and coach industry adopts the Smart Move Road Safety Handbook and charter, to further improve its already exemplary safety record. The Handbook focuses on three main issues: safe vehicle, driver and company. It invites bus and coach companies to sign a road safety charter, while providing drivers with a set of easy-to-use safety checklists. It also provides recommendations to policy decision-makers and manufacturers on making buses and coaches even safer.
Statistics show that it is seven times safer to go to school by bus instead of the family car. In the European Union, buses and coaches have consistently shown excellent safety records, equal to that of trains, despite sharing the road with other, lesser-trained road users, thanks to industry initiatives to continually improve safety.
Doubling the use of buses and coaches in the EU alone is expected to reduce the number of fatalities on European roads by more than 1,500 per year. This figure could be improved further with more investments in safer infrastructure.
May 6, 2013 - 300 Nova LFS Smart BusTM for Chicago
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) commissioned 300 Nova LFS Smart BusTM to Nova Bus, a bus manufacturer based in North America and part of the Volvo Group. The order, worth $148 million, includes an option that could bring the total up to 450 vehicles. Delivery of the 12-meters buses is expected to begin in early 2014 and the vehicles will replace older Nova LFS models that CTA has had in service for 14 years.
CTA’s new vehicles comply with 2013 EPA requirements and 2014 Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas emission standards. They integrate the Nova eCooling system which eliminates engine overheating and demands minimal energy while reducing fuel consumption and GHG emissions. The buses will be assembled in Nova Bus’ Upstate New York plant.
CTA operates one of the nation’s largest public transportation systems, with a fleet of 1,781 buses serving all of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs.