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June 25, 2017 - Roadyacht: a converted Neoplan Skyliner
A superb yacth on the road. It's the Neoplan Skyliner coach from the 70s converted into a very special motor home by the engine driver Günter Erhart. He bought it for 3,000 marks. The vehicle was in a miserable condition: damaged engine, fittings ripped out, cable harness in shreds, windows broken, alternator and compressor stolen. But the bodywork was impeccable. The Roadyacht offers six sleeping berths. It's fitted with a mess and galley, along with permanently installed toilet and bath between decks. The rooms can be separated by sliding walls or curtains. While stationary and with the rear roof open, the Roadyacht offers up to 25 seats. In traffic it is licensed for eight persons plus driver. "Athletes, artists or bands who travel a great deal also find the Roadyacht eminently suitable. Its chill-out qualities make it an excellent retreat and exclusive VIP lounge ", they say at MAN Truck & Bus. " The top deck has already been used as a special kind of fair booth, an exclusive meeting room and a DJ cockpit at open-air events. The Roadyacht’s unique roof construction makes all this possible and at the same time ensures a pleasant atmosphere inside the bus ". From March to October, the Roadyacht can be hired as a holiday home. The vehicle is parked about ten kilometres from the eastern shores of Lake Maggiore. Italy is just one of the options.
June 23, 2017 - SmartShuttle: a positive balance for PostAuto
A positive balance for the autonomous vehicles introduced just a year ago by the Swiss PostAuto company. Since June 23, 2016, the two SmartShuttles have traveled over 4,500 kilometers in central Sion maintaining an average speed of 6 km/h. More than 21,500 people transported, "including several thousands specially arrived from the rest of Switzerland and abroad," points out PostAuto. Produced by Navya with a software developed by BestMile, the vehicles offer eleven seats and have not steering wheel and driver. On board there is a person responsible for security who oversees the operations and intervenes when needed. "Although this technology is already very advanced," explains the project leaders, "we are only at the beginning of the use of autonomous shuttles. Installation and use require a lot of work and close surveillance. The accompanyers draw up an accurate diary and report the necessary interventions. Sometimes they have to overcome obstacles in manual mode, such as bad parked cars, the main cause of 80% of the interventions. In case of heavy snowfall it is still impossible to use the shuttles. In September 2016 an accident occurred: one of the two SmartShuttle had hit the open hatch of a parked van. Slight the damaging. The service was immediately suspended for two weeks andPostBus and the manufacturer made small technical and organizational changes. For example, the margin of safety in the curve was considerably increased, enabling vehicles to respond more quickly in case of obstacles and to stop quickly. " This pioneering project will continue until at least October 31, 2017. "The objective of the pilot project is to test the new technology directly on the field and gain experience in view of other future uses. At the same time, project managers regularly ask travelers for their opinion on this new mode of transport: after a slight skepticism before departure, the feedback is almost always positive after the trip. "
June 20, 2017 - A Neoplan Tourliner for Don’s of Dunmow
The Essex based travel company Don’s of Dunmow has taken delivery of a Neoplan Tourliner P22 coach. The 13.8-metre vehicle is fitted with 61 comfortable seats, centre toilet, air conditioning, DVD, fridge and refreshment station, as well as heated windscreen and mirrors. The coach is powered by a Euro 6 12.4 litre MAN D26 engine (460 hp) coupled to an AS Tronic 12-speed automated gearbox. Steve Harvey, company owner, said: “This new Tourliner fits in with the rest of our fleet and our drivers and passengers are impressed with the overall package".
June 16, 2017 - Pohjolan Liikenne trusts again in the VDL brand
For the 5th time the Finnish transport company has placed an order for Citea buses. It consists of 23 Citeas LLE-127 in the longest version (12.7 meters). The Citea LLE-127 benefits from the advantages of low total weight: reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions of harmful substances and reduction of maintenance costs. The new Citeas have special underfilm corrosion protection on all the floor elements and XPS side wall insulation material. The Finnish company has opted for this because the bus interiors are cleaned with a pressure washer. Pohjolan Liikenne is one of the largest Finnish bus companies with a fleet of 550 buses and coaches. They transport some 30 million passengers with a total of 30 million kilometres each year. This way moisture intrusion is minimized, extending the life of the interior.
June 16, 2017 - The Electricity project in Gothenburg is expanding
After two years from the introduction of electric buses on route 55 in Gothenburg, Sweden, the partners in the ElectriCity venture have decided to expand electric bus operations in the city. In June next year two electrically powered high-capacity buses will start operating on route 16 which will be equipped with charging infrastructure and bus stop facilities for electrified high-capacity traffic. At the same time, plans are under way to expand the demo arena with heavy vehicles for quiet and emission-free urban traffic. ElectriCity has brought together companies, among which Volvo Group, Ericsson and Keolis, researchers, public authorities, the city and the region since 2013 to test and develop new solutions for sustainable transport and sustainable urban development. The most noticeable result is bus route 55 where ten all-electric or partially electrified buses have been operating since 2015. According to the original plan the tests were scheduled to end in 2018, but now the trial is being extended with additional vehicles and the test period will continue to 2020. Within the framework of ElectriCity work will also commence on testing solutions in automation, such as automatic Bus Stop Docking and bus platooning whereby buses run close behind one other in long trains in urban traffic.
June 15, 2017 - VDL Citea LLE-99 buses delivered to Seatour
In June six buses from the VDL Citea LLE-99 range were delivered to the Italian passenger transport company Seatour. These are the first Citeas LLE in a length of 9.95 metres that will be put in service in the Lazio region of Italy. The Citea LLE-99 is an innovative lightweight bus concept. The 9.9 metre length version was specially designed for sparsely populated areas and for scheduled services with clear peak and off-peak hours. The low kerb weight means the Citeas LLE-99 consume significantly less fuel, resulting in a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions. The high total passenger capacity in relation to the length further optimizes the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). An additional benefit is the manoeuvrability: the shortened wheelbase and rear overhang significantly reduce the turning circle and swept path, making it easier to manoeuvre in narrow streets. The Citeas LLE for Seatour have a 29+2+1 seating arrangement and space for 48 standing passengers.
June 15, 2017 - BYD ADL electric buses for RATP Dev London
The BYD ADL electric bus partnership has been selected as preferred bidder by RATP Dev London for the latter’s order of a total of 36 10.8m pure electric buses. RATP Dev London has entered into a letter of intent for the procurement of BYD ADL’s Enviro200 electric vehicle. The commercial terms for the supply of the vehicles are currently being negotiated, with contract signature due shortly, for vehicle delivery in spring 2018. The electric buses be deployed on two high frequency TfL bus routes: C1 and 70. These two routes, one of which is already operated by RATP Dev London, are being converted by RATP Dev London to full electric operation. The BYD ADL Enviro200 10.8m is a new model designed for more restrictive route conditions than the 51 12m models already in service on the London bus network. Many London streets feature sharp corners and the smaller vehicle, still capable of accommodating 76 passengers, is more appropriate for some routes. Like all ADL BYD models, the new buses will be guaranteed to complete a full day’s duty cycle without the need for recharging. Once concluded, the new order will bring the number of ADL BYD electric buses in London to over 100 units.
June 15, 2017 - Large order for Mercedes-Benz do Brasil
The Brazilian subsidiary of Daimler AG has sold 200 city buses to Recife, the fourth-largest urban agglomeration in Brazil with 3,995,949 inhabitants. Recife wants to modernize its fleet with the new buses. The chosen model is Urbano, a vehicle sold more than 46,500 times since its market launch in 1998. Mercedes-Benz do Brasil sold approximately 1,400 buses in the first quarter of 2017 and thereby defend its leading position in the Brazilian bus market. At the end of March 2017 the market share of the Mercedes-Benz buses was 42 percent. In the Brazilian Northeast, Mercedes-Benz do Brasil currently has a market share of more than 50 percent.
June 14, 2017 - 242 MAN Lion's City buses for Riyad, Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian bus operator SAPTCO (Saudi Public Transport Company) and the French public transport company RATP Dev (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) signed a contract for 242 MAN Lion’s City M city buses. The contract was signed last May at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit held in Montreal, Canada. The 242 buses are scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2019. These will be the first MAN buses on the roads of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyad. The importer Haji Husein Alireza & Co. Ltd. (HHA) will manage the delivery of these buses and work closely with the customer The 242 low floor city buses will be 10.5 metres long and feature Euro 5 engines (290 hp / 213 kW). To meet the demanding requirements of transportation in Riyadh, the bus offers generous space and boasts 29 comfort seats with ample legroom, tinted windows and high-performance air conditioning. Like the interior, the exterior has been especially designed to meet the customer’s requirements, including creating a unified identity for the new public transport network. SAPTCO und RATP Dev have worked together as the joint-venture Public Transport Company (PTC) since 2014 and are in charge of building up a public transport network in Saudi-Arabia from scratch. The Paris-based RATP Dev is responsible for operations, while SAPTCO takes over the fleet management. In total, they plan to build up 100 routes with 1,000 vehicles.
June 14, 2017 - Indcar Next L8 for Autoservizi Tempesta
Indcar Italy delivered to the Italian bus operator a midibus from the Next L8 series. The vehicle is 8,66 m. long and 3,34 high. It is built on a Mercedes-Benz Atego 1024L chassis with a 6-cylinder in-line Euro 6 engine (238 hp /175 Kw). Passengers on board are up to 33 plus guide and they sit on reclining upholstered seats. The vehicle will be used for transfer services from the airport to the city center. Autoservizi Tempesta is a family-run company specializing in bus coach hire with more than 50 years of experience on the road. The fleet includes passenger cars, minibuses and touring coaches from 7 to 55 seats.
June 14, 2017 - A new model in the VDL Futura range
VDL Bus & Coach has expanded the Futura range with the new FHD2-135 in a length of 13.5 metres. Its plus is the huge luggage space (over 12 m3) and the maximum seating arrangement (63+1+1). This seating arrangement is unique on a 2-axle coach. The new 2-axle FHD2 is placed between the 13.1 meter FHD2 131 (on two axles) and the 13.9 meter FHD2 139 (on three axles) VDL Futura FHD2-135 is a coach for first-class travel, from day trips to multi-day trips abroad. This new length version is also suited for long-distance intercity transport. Due to a recent relaxation of regulatory restrictions, the maximum length of a two-axle vehicle is now 13.5 metres. Thanks to a sharp steering angle of 60 degrees, the FHD2-135 is very agile and easy to manoeuvre. The FHD2-135 comes standard with a DAF MX-11 271 engine (271 kW – 370 hp) and is optionally available with a DAF MX-11 320 engine (320 kW – 440 hp). For the coach operator the Futura FMD2 means Profit of Ownership. A low kerb weight, reduced fuel consumption, high passenger capacity, lots of luggage space and a low kilometre price make the Futura FHD1 an extremely profitable investment.
June 13, 2017 - A new winter tyre for city buses by Nokian Tyres
The Finnish producer has launched the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus tyre. It is designed to endure the wear and tear of city streets, and get there on time, even on snow and slush. Among its main features, the all-position tyre for city bus use, protection against curb scratching with reinforced sidewalls, better mileage thanks to minimal heel/toe wear, good grip even when worn with Spiral Sipe System and approved winter grip with the 3PMSF marking. “This is a full-fledged city tyre with a deep, aggressive tread pattern and reinforced sidewalls”, says Teppo Siltanen, Product Manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres. “It has plenty of sturdy rubber.” When Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus wears out, its sturdy carcass can be retreaded with the compatible Noktop City tread. This means considerable savings in tyre costs. The 275/70R22.5 version will be available in the third quarter of 2017 while the 295/80R22.5 variant will come in 2018.

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