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October 3, 2017 - MAN awarded for its factory in Monaco
The German manufacturer has been awarded again for its Munich production plant. It's the Lean & Green Management Award 2017 awarded by Growtth Consulting Europe. A key factor in this success is MAN's attention to the environment, defined as "exemplary" by the jury. The MAN Group has set itself the goal of lowering CO2 emissions by 25% in its sites by 2020, based on 2008 data. A reduction of almost 20% has already been achieved in 2016. An important contribution to achieving ambitious climate targets is the new combined electric and thermal power station of the Munich site. MAN Truck & Bus explained: "Producing directly heating and energy, and thus increasing efficiency MAN Truck & Bus can save one million euros per year on energy costs and 9,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions, an important step on the way to a Green Factory. " Cooling of buildings is also of high energy efficiency. During the summer break, a new step of the wastewater system was built at the Munich facility. Office temperatures are thus lowered by using cooling ceiling systems with the water flowing through them. The official ceremony of the Lean & Green Award will take place on November 28, 2017.
October 2, 2017 - 51 Iveco school buses for Lithuania
Delivered to Vilnius, Lithuania, 51 school buses awarded to Iveco Bus by the Lithuanian Ministry of Education. The Iveco Daily school bus is designed for primary and secondary school students, with particular attention to children with reduced mobility, for which special equipment is provided. The total ground mass is up to 5 tons and the engine is Iveco Euro 6C (150 hp) with a 350 Nm torque. On board there are 19 seats. The Iveco Daily school bus complies with the European Union's safety and quality requirements and at the same time have been modified to adapt to road conditions in Lithuania. It's fitted with lower steps and a special light warning system that informs the driver when the kids get off the bus. They are also equipped with the Alcolock device, which prevents the driver from turning on the engine if he results positive in alcohol control. Under the program aimed at improving conditions in schools, the Lithuanian Ministry of Education buys each year new school buses for different regions. Since 2000, 900 school buses have been purchased and delivered. Currently 270 Iveco minibuses for school operate in Lithuania.
Oct. 2, 2017 - Bus manufacturers' commitment in soot-free buses
BYD, Cummins, Scania and Volvo Buses have joined the Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets. The four manufacturers will ensure ‘soot-free’ engine technology is available for purchase in 20 major cities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia. beginning in 2018. They will each release through their websites a full product portfolio available in each city and will begin publicly reporting the number of soot-free buses sold in each year. Soot free is defined as including any engine that meets Euro VI norms first established in Europe or EPA 2010 norms first established in the United States, and any diesel engine with a diesel particulate filter, gas-powered engine, or a dedicated electric drive engine. Less than 20% of all buses sold globally meet the definition of soot-free, with the vast majority being diesel powered. Older generation diesel technology produces high levels of black carbon emissions, or soot, which are amongst the most dangerous pollutants for public health and a major contributor to climate change. The cleanest buses today can reduce these emissions by more than 99 percent. The Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets is an initiative led by C40 Cities, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Centro Mario Molina Chile and UN Environment.
Oct. 2, 2017 - The MAN Gourmet double-decker bus in Singapore
Discovering the Malaysian metropolis while tasting a dish in a moving restaurant. The city tour with gastronomic experience included is offered by the Duck & Hippo bus operator on a MAN double-decker bus developed with the local Soon Chow manufacturer. The top floor houses a 32-seat dining room, the kitchen is located on the lower floor. Local specialties are served at noon, Indochinese dishes in the evening. The structural base of the Gourmet bus is a two-axle MAN A69 chassis with a Euro 5 engine of 250 hp (184 kW). The vehicle is fitted with EBS, ABS, ECAS, wireless microphones for sound announcements, audio system and WiFi access. The MAN Gourmet is not the only bus in Singapore with the Lion emblem. Tourists can also discover the city on board the many hop-on / hop-off buses and two historic MAN bus trolleys. Recently, two low floor double-deckers have come into operation. These vehicles were made in joint ventures by MAN Truck & Bus Asia Pacific with Malaysian manufacturer Gemilang Coachworks and local STK importer. This is followed by an order for 60 vehicles in 2015, bringing the MAN bus fleet in Singapore to 950 units.
Sept. 29, 2017 - Castrosua/Scania CNG buses for ALSA
Madrid-based transport company ALSA has recently acquired eight Magnus.E CNG buses bodied by Castrosua. The vehicles are built on Scania chassis with Class II equipment. They will be used for services provided to the Madrid Consortium of Transportation. Long 15 meters with two doors, they offer 63 seats and space for 40 standing passengers in addition to a seat for people with reduced mobility. Onboard features include air conditioning, anti-fog, convector heating, Led indoor lighting, USB sockets, fire extinguishing system. The driver area has a dedicated door, sliding window, pneumatic seat with armrest, radio with USB socket. With this acquisition, ALSA continues its renewal policy with clean technology vehicles to offer more and more ecologically sustainable transport services.
Sept.29, 2017 - Volvo’s fully electric bus in UK demo tour
First demonstration tour in the UK for the Volvo 7900 electric bus. The tour started in Manchester and the vehicle is operated by First Manchester on the Metroshuttle 2 rout, a free-to-use service that provides access to key locations across the city centre. It will be deployed for a period of eight weeks from the middle of September. The zero emission, fully electric bus is recharged on the route in Manchester, taking between three to six minutes via the OppCharge pantograph from ABB. It's the first time the system has been used in the UK, giving flexibility and the possibility of 24 hour continuous operation. Following the Manchester trial, the vehicle will be heading for a demonstration at London’s Heathrow Airport for a period of eight weeks. This will involve transporting airport staff and customers to and from the car parks and terminals. The first Volvo 7900 Electric vehicles are set to enter service in the UK in early 2018 in Harrogate. Volvo has received orders for its fully electric bus from markets including Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden. In total, Volvo has sold 3,600 electrified buses worldwide.
Sept. 22, 2017 - BYD pure electric buses in Turin, Italy
Presented on September 18, the first three BYD electric buses ordered last year in Turin by the the local transport company GTT. It is the first fleet of 12-meter electric buses to enter service in Italy. The vehicles have a capacity of 77 passengers, including 21 seats, plus a wheelchair. The producer declares a range of 310 km and a consumption of 104 kWh per 100 km. Two traditional charging stations have been installed at the GTT depots. The livery was made by the students of the painting school of Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin. BYD will also provide a full-time service for ten years.
Sept. 9, 2017 - The largest order of Volvo fully electric buses
The Norwegian transport company Tide Buss has placed an order for 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses. This is the largest ever order of fully electric buses for Volvo Buses. The vehicles will run on four routes in Trondheim, covering distances of between 12 and 15 km each, with operations due to start in August 2019. Volvo Buses will also take care of all vehicle and battery maintenance at a fixed monthly cost. The buses will be fast-charged using opportunity charging, via rails installed at the end stops. The charging stations will be based on the OppCharge open interface, which means they can be used by other electrified bus makes too. The buses will run on renewable energy so they will be entirely emission-free. In addition to the fully electric Volvo 7900 Electric, the Volvo Buses range of electrified vehicles includes hybrid models and electric hybrids (plug-in hybrids). To date, the company has sold more than 3,600 electrified buses globally.
Sept. 14, 2017 - Solaris electric buses in Europe
More than 3 million km covered in four years, almost 80 vehicles in regular service in Europe and new orders for more than 100 units. These are the figures of the Solaris electric buses. They can be seen in Austria, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland on various routes as for topography, occupancy rate and climate conditions. Solaris Bus & Coach made its first steps in e-mobility in 2001 with the Trollino trolleybus. In 2006 presented Urbino hybrid, the first hybrid bus to be serially manufactured in Europe. The first fully electric vehicle produced in the factory near Poznań was launched in 2011. Then followed the Urbino 8,9 LE electric model. In 2013, two years after its debut, serial sales of electric Solaris buses began. The first of them was sold to Klagenfurt in Austria. Solaris Bus & Coach points out: "Currently, clients can choose among several lengths ranging from 8.9 meters to 12, 18 and 18.75 meters and charging systems -plug-in, pantograph, inductive charging and hydrogen fuel cells as range extender. We also offer two types of batteries -Solaris High Power and Solaris High Energy-, as well as two drives: an electric axle with integrated engines or a central engine".
September 10, 2017 – Otokar Kent buses for Alessandria, Italy
From September 11, citizens of Alexandria, Italy, can enjoy a more comfortable urban public transport on board the new 12-meter buses. The ten Kent C are produced by Otokar and delivered in record time by Mauri Bus System, the exclusive distributor of the Turkish brand in Italy. The vehicles were purchased with own funds by AMAG Mobility, the company that took the place of the bankrupted ATM Alessandria last April. These buses have a transport capacity of 26 seated passengers plus 82 standing, a wheelchair platform in the front center door area and a manual ramp. The engine is the Cummins Euro 6 (278 hp) coupled to the Voith Diwa.4 automatic transmission. The buses are fitted with an air conditioning system, path indicators and an 8-cam video surveillance system. With this order Mauri Bus System has reached the target of the 300 Otokar buses delivered to Italy, a result that demonstrates the market positioning and the appreciation of national operators. For Amag Mobility (85% owned by Line Spa, Zoncada Group) the new Otokar buses represent an important step towards the upgrading of the service (2.3 million euros the investment) that follows the interventions already made before the summer, starting from the reconditioning of the bus fleet, and the start of the operational recovery of the company.
September 10, 2017 - Volvo Electric Hybrids for Göttingen
The German city of Göttingen, Lower Saxony has ordered three Volvo Electric Hybrid buses. The vehicles have been purchased by tra transport company Göttinger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH (GÖVB) and will enter service in spring 2018 on routes 41 and 42. The electric hybrid buses are fitted with an electric motor developing 150 kW, a powerful lithium-ion-iron-phosphate battery and a diesel engine with 177 kW/240 hp. The batteries are fast-charged at one or both ends of the bus route through a pantograph and charging takes 3-4 minutes. In addition, the batteries are trickle-charged every night in the GÖVB bus depot. The charging station will be supplied by ABB. The charging equipment is based on the OppCharge open interface. The order also includes Volvo’s system for battery monitoring.
September 8, 2017 – The growing first semester of ZF
Turnover and profit margins still rising for the German manufacturer based in Friedrichshafen. In the first six months of the year ZF reached 18.3 billion euro of revenues (+ 2.7% compared to the first half of 2016) and an adjusted EBIT of 6.6% (6.3% in 2016 ) at 1.2 billion euro (1.1 billion in 2016). Revenues before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to 2 billion euro (1.9 billion in 2016), corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 10.8% (10.7% in 2016). At the same time, the company managed to reduce the debts resulting from the acquisition of TRW by approximately 684 million euro. "Even though we have invested more in R & D and in the fields of electric mobility and autonomous driving, we have been able to further increase our margin," said ZF's chief financial officer, Konstantin Sauer. "This result has been achieved through the optimization of operational processes and the creation of synergies in the acquisition of TRW." As far as the forecast for the whole 2017, ZF expects a stable development of assets. Sauer pointed out: "We expect the adjusted EBIT margin to remain above 6% and the adjusted EBITDA margin to be more than 10%. In view of the current perspective, the 2017 sales will exceed 36 billion euro".

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