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Live from the transport sector.


The 2018 edition will take place in April in Izmir.


The JIVE 2 project has started.


Joint venture in China.


Mini and Midi bus of the Year in Spain.


No increase in 2017.


An increase of 20% is not enough.


Record sales in 2017.


“Hybrid Mild” technology for Citaro.

Febr. 1, 2018 - Solaris CNG buses ordered in the Czech Republic
At the beginning of January, Solaris Bus & Coach signed a contract with the transport company Dopravní Podnik based in Ostrava, Czech Republic, for 40 Urbino 12 CNG. The contract value is about 45 million PLN (the equivalent of 12 million euros). This is the second-biggest order ever of Solaris CNG buses in the Czech Republic. The vehicles will be fitted with composite CNG tanks with a total capacity of 1,575 liters. Passengers on board will be up to 80. Among the other features, LED lamps, air conditioning, Wifi, USB ports. The first 24 buses will be delivered by the end of 2018 while the remaining in the first quarter of 2019. "After the completion of the scheduled deliveries within the year", points out the Polish manufacturer, "the total number of Solaris vehicles on the Czech market will exceed 1,000 buses and trolleybuses".
January 31, 2018 - HTM has ordered VDL Citea Electric buses
The Hague public transport company HTM signed a contract with VDL Bus & Coach for five Citeas SLF-120 Electric, with a possible option for further 3 buses. This is the first step in the Hague carrier’s transition to completely zero emission bus transport. VDL will also provide the charging infrastructure, including the complete installation and project management. The buses will be fast charged during the day by means of opportunity charging through a pantograph on the roof. "This is now the 9th VDL project in the Netherlands in the transition to completely zero emission bus transport. Together, all the VDL electric buses that are in operation cover an average of 21,000 kilometres a day", pointed out VDL.
January 31, 2017 - Setra touring coaches for Vilnius, Lithuania
The Lithuanian operator Vilneda Uab has taken delivery of nine Setra touring coaches. The order includes eight ComfortClass vehicles and one S 431 DT double-decker bus. They are all part of an order for 32 vehicles. The nine touring coaches are to be leased out to various tour operators in the three Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as well as in western Europe and Scandinavia. Vilneda Uab provides bus and minibus rental services for local and international non-scheduled charter routes. Established in 1995, the Lithuanian company has been a Setra business partner since 2007.
January 29, 2018 - Ferqui Sunset S3 awarded in Spain
The Sunset S3 microbus model produced by Ferqui has been awarded Microbus of the Year 2018 in Spain. The award ceremony organized by “Viajeros” and “Transporte 3” magazines (Editec Group) took place in Madrid on January 17. The jury was composed by 401 Spanish members coming from different sectors. They evaluated 74 candidates for the different categories of prizes. The other winners are: Mercedes-Benz with the Tourismo RHD awarded 'Autocar of the Year 2018 in Spain', the Irizar i.e. tram (Bus of the Year and Ecological Industrial Vehicle of the Year 2018 in Spain), Indcar with Next 9 (Midibus of the Year 2018 in Spain). Then Iveco with two models: Stralis NP 460 (Truck of the Year 2018 in Spain) and Daily Blue Power (Light Industrial Vehicle of the Year 2018 in Spain). Finally, Lecitrailer Linktrailer (Semi-trailer of the Year 2018 in Spain). Editec publishing group awards Industrial Vehicles of the Year in Spain since 1988, recognizing the effort in innovation and development of the bodywork industry manufacturer, both in the segment of freight and passenger transport by road.
Jan. 26, 2017 - The new Volvo B8L double deck bus chassis
On January 25, Volvo Buses unveiled at the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Hong Kong a new Euro VI double-deck chassis for the demanding high-capacity transport needs in Asia Pacific and beyond. The B8L, 3 axle double deck city bus chassis is manufactured in Borås, Sweden.Powered by Volvo’s proven D8K engine, it delivers 350 hp (258kW) and 1,400Nm of torque between 1,200 and 1,600 engine RPM. The D8K engine is matched with a fully automatic ZF 6AP1600C transmission. The 8 litre engine features common rail technology and more auxiliaries powered electrically than ever before. Electronic Stability Control (ESP), Electronic braking Systems, (EBS), anti-slip, acceleration limiter and hill start-aid all come as standard on the chassis. The B8L can also be fitted with Volvo’s I-Coaching module, a dash mounted device priding instantaneous feedback to driver about their performance. “In response to our customer’s input we have simplified the driveline”, said David Mead, Vice President Asia Pacific, Volvo Buses. “Key to the new design is the direct drive layout with the 8 litre engine and automatic transmission designed to be in-line. This provides a more efficient driveline sure to set new standards for fuel efficiency in this segment.” The new B8L product replaces Volvo’s B9TL with over 4,000 units sold in the Asia Pacific Region.
January 25, 2017 - Solaris bi-articulated trolleybus
The development department of Solaris Bus & Coach is now working on a bi-articulated trolleybus measuring over 24 metres. The driveline will consist of two traction motors propelling two drive axles. A pack of 94 Ah (58 kWh) batteries installed in the bus will be recharged during the drive, collecting current from the overhead line via a bipolar pantograph. The energy accumulated in the batteries will be used to fuel the trolleybus whenever it detaches from the electric traction. In order to ease manoeuvres in urban traffic, the fourth axle will be a steering axle. The vehicle will also be fitted with an electric power steering (EPS) pump. The passenger compartment will be fitted with 53 seats, 16 of which accessible from the low floor, and space for wheelchairs and prams or pushchairs and a bay for bicycle transport. "The idea behind the prototype vehicle - the new Solaris Trollino 24", stated Solaris Bus & Coach, "is to create a platform for the future, serial production of 24-metre hybrid or electric drive vehicles and trolleybuses". The end of the production of the bi-articulated trolleybus is scheduled for mid-2018. Next they will be delivered for test drives to selected European cities and during those rides the vehicle attached to a trolleybus overhead line will undergo further type-approval tests before it can be released for passenger traffic.
January 25, 2017 - Castrosua Magnus.E for Grupo Ruiz
On January 19, the Spanish Grupo Ruiz presented 17 new Magnus.E buses bodied by the Iberian manufacturer Castrosua. Three of these vehicles, destined for Empresa Ruiz, are in class II on a Scania KIB 4 × 2 chassis with natural gas engine. They are 13 m. long and have a capacity for 51 seats for seated passengers plus a wheelchair platform and lift, USB ports for all travelers, air conditioning. The other 14 vehicles, bodied for Empresa Martín, are low-entry vehicles on Scania KUB CNG chassis and MAN A69 chassis. The first measures 10.8 meters and have 34 seats, a wheelchair bay and space for 36 standing passengers. The latter are in two sizes: 10.6 and 13 meters. For both, the equipment includes two doors, automatic and manual ramps, air conditioning, two double USB sockets, LED interior lighting, CCTV video surveillance. Grupo Ruiz has been dedicated to transporting passengers on the road for over 120 years. The attention to the environment has led the company to be the first private operator in the Spanish market for use of natural gas as fuel.
January 23, 2017 - Osnabrück electrifies line 41 and selects VDL
The municipal operator Stadtwerke Osnabrück selected VDL Bus & Coach as system supplier for the upcoming electrification of the local transport. VDL will both deliver the electric buses and charging stations and will handle the roll-out. At the end of 2018 a total of 13 18.1-metre VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses with a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design will be put into service on line 41. "With these vehicles, the line will be the first fully electric line in the city centre," pointed out Dr Stephan Rolfes of Stadtwerke Osnabrück. "A rapid charging station will be placed at both ends of each line, and there will be another in the municipal bus depot. In addition to the rapid charging stations, the bus depot will be equipped with 14 additional charging stations this year. The gradual electrification of local public transport in Osnabrück is an important part of the city and Stadtwerke Osnabrück's joint project Mobile Zukunft. This project includes sustainable mobility concepts, the promotion of environmentally friendly local mobility and the furtherance of e-mobility as well as the stimulation of bicycle use and advancement of public transport.
January 19, 2018 - Large order for Solaris trams in Cracow
The city operator Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne SA (MPK) has signed a framework agreement with the consortium of Solaris Bus & Coach SA and Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o. for the delivery of trams (50 vehicles in total) and an implementation agreement for the first part of the order (35 trams). The low-floor trams will be 33.4 metres long with a total capacity of 227 passengers (5 people/m2). They will be furnished with 80 seats, air conditioning, CCTV cameras, LED lighting, USB ports located in the railings, a modern passenger information system and a passenger counting system. Each tram will be fitted with a special platform for the boarding of persons on wheelchairs. Ticket vendor machines will also be installed, enabling passengers to pay by card or in cash for tickets. A recuperation system will enable the use of energy recovered during braking. In addition, two of the new trams will be featured with an innovative system allowing the tram to move without the need to use traction lines, on a distance of 3 km (the remaining trams will have an installation that can be adapted to this system in the future). The first new trams should make it to Cracow at the beginning of 2020. In line with the agreement, the deal is to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.
January 16, 2018 - A Setra S 417 TC coach at the UMA show
The Setra brand at the 2018 UMA Motorcoach Expo (San Antonio, Texas, January 6-10) organized by the United Motorcoach Association (UMA). An exclusively equipped version of the S 417 TC touring coach was displayed at the stand of the new sales partner REV Coach LLC. The US version of the European Setra TopClass offers space for 56 passengers on Setra Voyage Ambassador seats. The three-axle vehicle produced in Neu-Ulm is fitted with LED daytime running lamps and the environmentally compatible Mercedes-Benz OM 471 LA engine (336 kW). It meets all the criteria of US emissions standard EPA 10 for nitrogen oxides and particulates. The S 417 TC has been available in North America, Canada and Mexico for 15 years now.
January 11, 018 - BYD electric Midibuses ordered in Italy
Four city operators in the Piedmont Region, Italy, have placed orders for a total of 13 BYD pure electric Midibuses, a new model which BYD unveiled at the Busworld Europe last October. The Turin operator GTT is ordering eight Midibuses (which will join its fleet of 20 BYD ebuses), AMAG Alessandria and Buscompany in Saluzzo have ordered two each and Chiesa in Carmagnola another one. All the Midibuses share a standard specification: 8.75m overall length, two doors, low entry steps, total seats -58, two battery packs delivering total power of 174 kWh, in-service range of 150-200km. The buses will be built in BYD’s plants in China and are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2018.
January 11, 2018 - Volvo will test autonomous ebuses in Singapore
First autonomous application in public transport for the Swedish manufacturer. The cooperation agreement signed with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore is based on the research and development program for autonomous electric buses of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. The aim is to create new solutions for tomorrow’s sustainable public transport. Singapore has announced that self-driving buses will be deployed in several areas of the country by 2022. Volvo has already demonstrated the autonomous technology in mining, quarry and refuse collection operations but in public transport it's the first time. The basis of the program consists of two 12-metre Volvo 7900 Electric buses, the same type that Volvo Buses already delivers today. Volvo and NTU will build the autonomous driving solution on Volvo’s platform. One of the vehicles will be used on Singapore’s advanced new test facility for autonomous vehicles, CETRAN, inaugurated in November 2017. The second bus will be used for tests in the bus depot in partnership with the public transport operator SMRT. The cooperative program between Volvo Buses and NTU is now underway and will initially last for two years. The jointly developed autonomous electric buses will arrive into Singapore in the beginning of 2019.