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July 10, 2018 – The 25,000th Mercedes minibus to Busitalia
On July 5, 2018, the company of the Italian Railways State Group, Busitalia, handed over the 25,000th Mercedes-Benz minibus manufactured. This is a Sprinter City 65K in Class 1 powered by an OM 651 DE 22 LA engine with 120 kW (163 hp), 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, air suspension on the rear axle. It accommodates a maximum of 27 passengers, eight of which seated, two folding seats and wheelchair space with its ramp. The vehicle is part of an order for 30 Sprinter City 65K buses delivered by EvoBus Italy in three batches: 15 units in the first quarter of 2018 and as many as in July and August. Busitalia is a historic customer of EvoBus Italy: since 2003, almost 650 Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses and over 55 Sprinter minibuses have been put into service. The Mercedes-Benz minibuses are available in around 40 countries. The main sales area is Western Europe: in addition to Germany, the three most important markets are France, England and Italy.
July 11, 2018 – BYD: large order for articulated ebuses in Norway
The Chinese manufacturer has been awarded by the transport company Nobina based in Oslo for the supply of 42 articulated electric buses. The vehicles are fitted with a pantograph and are scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2019. They will be added to the two articulated BYD ebuses put on service by Nobina in December 2017. This is the largest electric articulated fleet in Scandinavia. The new ebuses will replace a current fleet of diesel vehicles. Jan Volsdal, managing director of Nobina, said: “Over the next ten years Oslo is planning to run a zero emission public transport system and we, together with BYD, are making a big contribution to make this plan come true. We have good experiences with the two BYD artics that have been running in Oslo for half a year including the challenging winter months and we have confidence that the new fleet’s performance will meet our expectations.”
July 7, 2018 - MAN: record order in Germany
Up to 1,000 city and intercity buses for the next four years. It's the MAN's record order awarded by the German Deutsche Bahn, the largest public transport company in Germany (about 633 million passengers in 2016). The Lion's City and Lion's Intercity models will be supplied between 2019 and 2022 to 31 German public transport companies belonging to the DB Regio AG. The low-floor city buses, both solo and articulated, will be in sizes from 12 to 18.75 meters with Euro 6 engines from 280 and 360 hp (206 - 265 kW). Intercity buses will be 12.2, 13 and 13.2 m long with 250 or 290 hp D08 engines (184 or 213 kW). Holger Mandel, Chairman of the Management Board of MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland, said: "MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland has never concluded a framework agreement of this size. It is an absolute record of the exceptional work of our Bus Sales and After Sales departments. Over the past three years MAN has delivered around 700 local short-distance buses and coaches to DB Regio Bus with regard a framework agreement in place since 2015.
July 7, 2018 - An investor for Solaris Bus & Coach
The Polish producer announces that he has identified an investor. It's the Spanish company CAF with which, on 2 July, Solaris Bus & Coach signed a contract. "In the process of discussions with potential investors for Solaris”, said Solange Olszewska, CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach, “I considered offers from both the Polish market and other countries. I am convinced that by selecting CAF as an investor for Solaris, we ensure a promising future for the brand, its clients and its employees.” CAF is a Spanish producer with more than 100 years of history. The company, listed on the Spanish stock exchange, is engaged in the design, production, maintenance and supply of rolling stock and rail vehicles. Another area of company’s activity involves the latest solutions for urban transport, including e-mobility. Andrés Arizkorreta, President and Chief Executive Officer of CAF , said: “Together with Solaris, we will create a leader in urban mobility solutions beyond rolling stock, particularly in the e-mobility segment”. Further information on this agreement will be provided in the coming weeks.
July 6, 2018 – VDL Citea as medibus
A bus fitted with all the usual equipment that a doctor needs. In short, a ‘medibus’. The vehicle has been delivered by VDL Bus & Coach to the German company DB Regio Bus. Built by VDL Bus Venlo in cooperation with VDL Bus Heerenveen and VDL Bus Chassis, medibus has been developed on a VDL Citea LLE-127 bus model. The vehicle has been fully customized with four rooms complete with cabinets, furniture and its own air conditioning. A large awning has been fitted to the side of the bus to provide an additional waiting area on location if necessary. There are solar panels mounted on the roof of the bus that provide clean energy. Medibus be leased by Bayern Express & P. Kühn, a subsidiary of DB Regio Bus, to KVH (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Hessen, Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians). KVH is going operate the medibus four days a week as a mobile GP practice in six villages in the districts of Hersfeld – Rotenburg and Werra – Meißner in North and East Hesse, Germany. Due to the shortage of doctors in rural areas, KVH will operate the mobile practice for two years as a pilot project to ensure that rural residents also receive the necessary medical care.
July 6, 2018 – First delivery of 900 Iveco school buses in Brazil
CNH Industrial's large contract for the state of Minas Gerais, south-east Brazil, came to life in June with the delivery of the first batch to the city of Patos de Minas, in the region of Triângulo Mineiro. These vehicles are used to transport students from public schools. The order includes a total of 900 buses, vehicles from the CityClass, WayClass and SoulClass ranges on the Iveco 70C17 chassis and SeniorClass on the 150S21 chassis. They will be all equipped with a mobile arm device (DPM) to facilitate passengers with reduced mobility. This solution was launched by CNH Industrial and Iveco Bus in 2016 in Brazil, offering all the people in the vehicle the same conditions of comfort and safety. The vehicles negotiated with the Government of Minas Gerais are designed to operate in urban and rural environments while maintaining comfort and safety on board. "This negotiation was conducted through a government offer and aims to provide quality transport in the educational network of the state," said Renato Perrotta, Iveco Bus sales director for Latin America.
July 5, 2018 – First eletric buses in Romania. By Solaris
Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Solaris Bus & Coach has completed the delivery of 11 electric buses to the CTP transport company. The 12-meter Urbino electric buses are the first emission-free battery vehicles in Romania. They were purchased under the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme. The model commissioned by the Romanian operator is fitted with a central 160-kW electric motor and 200 kWh traction batteries. The on-board equipment includes, air-conditioning and a complete monitoring system. Furthermore, the Urbino electric buses have the option of offering free WiFi access. They can carry up to 78 passengers, of which 27 seated. Investments in charging infrastructure involved the construction of 11 slow-charging and two fast-charging stations using roof-mounted pantographs. The supplied Solaris Urbino 12 electrics are the first part of an order that can be optionally extended to as many as 41 buses in the coming three years. The city authorities have already ordered further 12 buses of the same model from the Polish producer, to be delivered by the end of this year.
June 29, 2018 - Irizar ie buses in Luxembourg
Voyages Emile Weber has presented the first six electric buses of the ten that will be delivered during the year to the Luxembourg company. The vehicles are the 12-m Irizar i.e. buses with two doors, USB ports and the "Eco Assist" system. The manufacturer declares a range of over 200 km guaranteeing 16 hours of driving in heavy traffic conditions. The vehicles will be loaded overnight in depot using six chargers with Combo - CCS2 connectors supplied by Irizar. The other four 18-meter units will be reloaded only in depot. This model has been operating since 2014 in a dozen European cities with proven battery range, efficiency and reliability of batteries. For Voyages Emile Weber group, the initiative is part of the "Empowering Mobility" program whose goal is to electrify mobility. The electrification of the RGTR 305 line was completely completed last February. A large number of buses on order have also been converted to electric and other projects in this area are under way.
June 27, 2018 - MAN Lion’s Coach awarded in Slovenia
MAN wins the best bus category at the Slovenian Commercial Vehicle Awards thanks to the new Lion’s Coach awarded Bus of the Year 2018 in Slovenia. This model has won over both readers and editors by offering the best safety and efficiency in its class, as well as impressing with its timeless modern design. This award makes MAN Truck & Bus a winner for the second time in a row in this competition. In 2017, the NEOPLAN Tourliner won the title of Bus of the Year. The new MAN Lion's Coach had its public launch at Busworld 2017 in Kortrijk. The coach is available in four lengths: 12,101 mm and 13,091 mm on two axles and 13,361 mm and 13,901 mm on three axles. The winners of the Slovenian Commercial Vehicle Awards were announced by the Transport & Logistik and Mehanik in Voznik magazines at the Transport Show 2018 in Lubljana.
June 27, 2018 - 61 MAN Lion’s City Hybrid buses in Warsaw
The transport company Mobilis put on service 61 hybrid buses in the Polish Capital. The vehicles are all MAN branded. They are the Lion’s City Hybrid buses powered by a 250 hp (184 kW) Euro VI diesel engine combined with a high-performance electric motor. The electric motor is provided with additional power by recuperating the vehicle's braking energy, which is stored in ultracaps. The recuperated and stored energy is used to enable a zero-emission, low-noise approach to bus stops. The 12 metre long two-axled buses also feature assistance systems such as the Electronic Brake System (EBS) incorporating ABS/traction control functionality, an emergency braking signal, an electronic brake pad wear indicator, and a fire extinguisher system in the engine compartment. Additional safety is provided by a video surveillance system in the passenger area. The driver is protected against intruders by a full-screen cab door.
June 20, 2018 - Scania and RATP Group for Burkina Faso
The Swedish manufacturer and the Paris public transport company (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens -RATP) have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Burkina Faso, West Africa, to establish a modern and efficient bus system in the capital Ouagadougou with 460 buses and 90 coaches. Traffic will start next year with the delivery of the first 225 buses. The project includes supplying buses and coaches, establishing a bus depot, building bus stops and bus lanes as well as training drivers and service technicians. In collaboration with RATP Group, Scania will ensure efficient fleet management. Scania will also work on the introduction of alternative fuels with the ultimate aim of operating the entire fleet on biodiesel and biogas. The population of Ouagadougou (3 million) is expected to double by 2030. At present, half of the residents travel on foot, while 80 percent of motorised trips are carried out on two wheels (mainly motorcycles), most often for lack of public transport.
June 18, 2018 - The Star is shining over Berlin
Still Mercedes-Benz for the German capital. After the recent record order for or up to 950 Mercedes city buses (600 articulated buses and a maximum of 350 solo buses), Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) commissioned another 15 Citaro buses but in full electric version. The vehicles will be delivered from the first quarter on of 2019 onwards. The order from Berlin is already the third one for the new city bus, which will celebrate its world premiere at the International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) Preview Daimler Buses in July.The Citaro for Berlin has ten battery modules that they will be charged at sockets in the bus depot. They are powered by an electric axle with electric motors near the wheel hubs. The BVG versions of the Mercedes-Benz electric buses are impressively equipped. For passengers with restricted mobility seated against the direction of travel, there are suitably positioned monitors to provide information. The visually impaired particularly benefit from tactile grab rails with a ribbed surface.

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