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On air from the world of transportation.


Spotlights are on urban planning and mobility solutions.


A little increase in the first eight months of the year.


The increment exceeds 35%.


Brake Assist System by Daimler.


New start with school buses.


Buses from another world.


It is focused on eco-sustainability.

July 31, 2018 - BYD: more than 4,000 ebuses to Guangzhou
The Chinese city of Guangzhou, southern China, has awarded two tenders for the supply of 4,810 battery electric buses. Several companies are involved in the bidding calls but the main winner is Guangzhou BYD Auto Sales Company Limited, BYD subsidiary in the region. The company will provide a total of 4,473 vehicles in size ranging between 8 and 12 meters. China is the main world market for buses with electric drive. Here are running the 99 percent of the electric buses in the world (385,000 vehicles). The European ebus fleet amounts to 2,100 units. The full electric buses registered in China in 2017 were 90,000 while the hybrid plug-in buses were 16,000. Previous years figures were even higher, thanks to government grants that are being reduced.
July 24, 2018 - The Irizar i6s coach lands in Australia
The Irizar coach model launched in Europe in 2016, lands even in the Australian continent. The presentation of this new addition to Irizar’s catalogue took place on July 19t, 2018, at Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The new concept of the i6S inherits the design of the Irizar i8 which was awarded Best Coach for the Year 2018. It represents new advances of the design in the Irizar Group with the adoption of straight lines and the V-shape concept. «The soul of its aesthetic revolution», points out Irizar, «is the cutting-edge technology that capitalises on the values of the Irizar i6: quality, robustness and reliability of a model of coach tested along the years in the best proving ground, the customers’ operations».
July 24, 2018 - Solaris articulated buses delivered to MPK Cracow
Solaris Bus & Coach has started deliveries of the 38 articulated buses ordered by the Cracow transport company MPK. The buses are powered by an Euro 6 engine and are fitted with air conditioning, a ticketing machine for coins and debit cards, CCTV, a modern passenger information system and USB ports. Each bus is also equipped with a special platform that will facilitate entry and exit of passengers with reduced mobility. «Solaris has been cooperating with MPK Cracow since 1997», points out the Polish manufacturer. «During this time, we delivered 462 buses to the capital of Lesser Poland Voivodeship, including 26 zero-emission vehicles with electric drive. In January this year, Solaris, in a consortium with Stadler Polska, signed a framework agreement with MPK Cracow for the supply of 50 low-floor trams».
July 24, 2018 - FIAA Madrid: next edition in October 2020
Changing date for the international bus and coach trade fair FIAA in Madrid. IFEMA and the FIAA Organising Committee have decided to change the next edition to October 2020. «These new dates place the fair at the best time to promote the professional event, with special focus on large and small fleet visitors», point out the organizers. «The strong industry backing, along with the excellent results from FIAA 2017, leads to important expectations of growth for the 2020 edition, where 140 companies are expected to participate, with an international representation of approximately 25% and an estimation in excess of 11,000 visitors from 45 countries». Work is also under way to internationalise the FIAA. Thus, the fair organizers are already holding conversations with the European jury of the MiniBus of the Year to host the competition and awards ceremony in 2021 and 2019, respectively, after the success and repercussion of this new award in 2017.The final dates of the fair will be announced in Autumn 2018.
July 24, 2018 - 55 VDL Citea Electric buses for Rotterdam
VDL Bus & Coach has been awarded by RET based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for the supply of 55 electric buses. The VDL Citea SLF-120 Electric buses will be deployed for scheduled service in Rotterdam, Schiedam and Vlaardingen starting in late 2019. VDL Bus & Coach is also system supplier and will provide the charging infrastructure as well. During the day the buses will be topped up through an opportunity charging along the lines where 300 kW rapid chargers are installed. At night they will be charged at the depot through a 50 kW slow charger. Both the daytime and night-time charging will be done via a pantograph on the roof of the buses. The VDL Citea SLF-120 Electric model is a low floor e-bus with a two-door configuration and a length of 12 meters.
July 12, 2018 - Solaris electric bus for blood donation
Solaris Bus & Coach has presented the world’s first mobile blood donation centre in an electric bus. It was built on the basis of the Urbino 8.9 LE electric bus model. This is the first of two vehicles commissioned by the Regional Blood Donation Centre (RCKiK) in Katowice, Poland. It's fitted with two specialist mobile blood donor lounges, a doctor’s office, a reception area plus a small catering area. It is also fitted with, among others, shutters and external awnings as well as a LED-technology lighting. The comfort equipment includes air- conditioning, Wi-Fi access and USB ports. The bus is powered by an electric drive of 160 kW and batteries with a capacity of 160 kWh. The electric bloodmobile was designed and built in a way that allows to hold blood donation campaigns without interruption in city centres, shopping malls, sports halls, i.e. in venues where conventional vehicles - i.e. with a normal combustion engine - for blood donation cannot be used. The vehicle meets all standards and regulations applicable for blood donation centres, but it also enables the remote transmission of data to the Blood Bank computer system. The Solaris electric bloodmobile won an award at the International Invention and Innovation Show INTARG 2018.
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.