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Oct. 26, 2017 - VDL will supply 102 buses to Connexxion
The Dutch passenger transport company Connexxion has placed an order for 62 VDL MidCity Electric buses and 40 VDL Citea LLE-120 Euro 6 buses. All the vehicles will be used in the ‘Noord-Holland Noord’ province. This concession will become operational by the end of July 2018. “With the introduction of the MidCity Electric, the smaller buses in Noord-Holland Noord are now also zero emission”, said Eric van Eijndhoven, Public Transport Director at Connexxion. "The goal is to have half of all buses run zero emissions in the Noord-Holland Noord concession area by 2025". VDL Bus & Coach is currently developing the MidCity Electric. This fully electric minibus with a length of 8 mt features a 87 kWh battery with a range of up to 220 km, as stated by the manufacturer. This new model will be introduced in 2018.
October 24, 2017 - The 5000th Neoplan Skyliner to Baltour Group
The renowned Neoplan double-decker is celebrating two milestones: 50 years and 5,000 units delivered. The owner of the milestone coach is Baltour Group which received the keys under the spotlight of Busworld Europe 2017 (Kortrijk, October 20-25). Elegant and sober, 64 Exclusive Plus seats with central armrests and leg rests, diesel Euro 6 engine (500 hp), numerous driving assistance systems, including EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and MAN EfficientCruise based on topography detected by gps in conjunction with Ecoroll. Baltour Group connects 17 Italian regions and 23 European countries with over 500 destinations, carrying more than 4 million passengers a year. The fleet currently includes 93 vehicles, 66 of which are MAN and Neoplan branded.
Oct. 24, 2017 - Further VDL electric buses for Stadtwerke Münster
An order for five additional VDL Citea SLF-120 Electric buses has been placed by Stadtwerke Münster. The vehicles with a total passenger capacity of 80 people will be fitted with a pantograph system. Unlike the first five units, the pantograph is now positioned on the front axle. This change is a response from VDL Bus & Coach to recommendations from the VDV and the ISO standards. In accordance with the requirements in Münster, the vehicles will be fitted with a 180 kWh battery pack thereby further increasing the operating range and ensuring greater flexibility. The new vehicles will be equipped with a Siemens central motor, which further reduces the vehicle maintenance costs. To date, electric vehicles from VDL Bus & Coach have clocked up more than 4,500,000 real operating kilometres on the road.
October 23, 2017 - 50 Volvo Hybrid buses ordered in Singapore
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore has placed an order for 50 Volvo 7900 Hybrid buses. The vehicles, which are powered by a diesel engine as well as battery power, will be rolled out gradually for service by the second half of 2018. The Swedish manufacturer pointed out: "The Volvo 7900 Hybrid bus uses 30 per cent less fuel and has a correspondingly lower climate impact than a diesel bus, and just half the nitrogen oxide and particle emissions". In total, Volvo Buses has now sold more than 3,000 hybrids worldwide.
October 16, 2017 - Further Otokar buses on the routes of Malta
The ALESA-ALSA transport company based in Malta trusted again in the Otokar brand. After the Vectio C bus model specially featured by the Turkish manufacturer for the narrow streets of the island, the Maltese company acquired further buses from the Otokar range. This time in a longer size with the Kent C version. 28 of these vehicles are in service since last summer on the busiest lines of the island and on the routes for the airport. The buses are fitted with luggage areas and USB sockets. The 6-cylinder engine (280 hp) are coupled with a Voith Diwa automatic transmission. Otokar then worked closely with the Maltese operator to set up a preventive service and a supply program for regular delivery of spare parts tailored to Malta's island situation.
Oct. 11, 2017 - Neoplan Skyliner 80's in the USA
On the 50th anniversary of the Neoplan Skyliner, MAN Truck & Bus offers memories and images of vehicles around the world. Like the 42 Neoplan Skyliners used as shuttle buses to Golden Nugget hotels’ casinos in the 1980’s. Twenty vehicles have run the transfer route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas since 1981, with 22 more starting shuttle services between New York and Atlantic City from 1983 onwards. The gold-coated windows dimmed the intense sunlight and reduced heating levels in the interior. There was also an especially large air-conditioning system on board, which was not powered in the usual way by the vehicle engine but had its own motor. Another innovation was the use of Nirosta (stainless steel) on the body. The interior equipment was also impressive. A Swiss company produced a custom range of exclusive seat covers specially for these vehicles in golden colour. Detroit V8 engines and Allison automatic gearboxes provided the power. Neoplan’s presence in the US market has still been a full-fledged success. Between 1981 and 1995, the company sold 15,000 buses manufactured at a dedicated plant in Lamar, Colorado. Some 1,300 went to the City of Los Angeles for service on routes, 700 of them gas-powered.
October 11, 2017 - Van Hool CX45E electric for North America
The tirst 100% electric coach for the American market. The Belgian manufacturer Van Hool is working on it in collaboration with the American company Proterra specializing in battery technology. The model is the CX45E electric coach. Van Hool says: "It will have a range of about 300 km and will be used mainly for commuter transfers and / or for regular transportation of people for short distances. The vehicle will be designed at the headquarter of Koningshooikt, Belgium, where the first prototypes will be built. Like the CX35, the CX45 is currently being built in Skopje, Macedonia, so the CX45E will also be produced in the same location. " Van Hool has a long tradition on the North American market through its thirty-year partnership with the exclusive partner ABC Bus Companies Inc. Over 10,000 Van Hool coaches travel on American roads. The CX45E model will be introduced to North America in 2019.
October 11, 2017 - Masats previews at Busworld Europe 2017
The countdown to Kortijk Busworld has begun. In the meantime, the exhibitors anticipate their news. Among the others, also Masats, the Iberian manufacturer specialized in doors, ramps and lifts for buses, coaches and railway vehicles. Under the spotlights, you will see the updated version of the sliding door 028C, "whose tests," states Masats, "have exceeded expectations in terms of durability, vibration and water tightness," the 029 electric door with easy assembly and reduced installation times, the RM2 manual ramp for urban buses, and the dual-use telescopic RT1 electric ramp. Another preview will be the complete kit to adapt an electric door to a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and the pneumatic door 015. Busworld Europe 2017 will also be the occasion for Masts to celebrate 50 years of activity with its customers. All invited to celebrate on October 23 and 24 at Stand 209, Hall 2, at the Kortrijk exhibition.
October 6, 2017 - AlexanderDennis Elite in New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand. Here, at the annual conference of the Bus & Coach Association (October 4-6), the British manufacturer AlexanderDennis (ADL) is being exhibited the Elite executive touring coach. The vehicle is one of the eight units ordered by Ritchies Transport Holdings, New Zealand’s largest coach operator. The 13.5m Elite coaches are built on Scania K440 chassis and have a capacity for up to 53 passengers. The vehicles delivered to New Zealand have been tailored to the customer’s specific requirements. Of the eight vehicles ordered, two specification variants exist: one with a near side centre exit door plus centre toilet and a second variant featuring a rear saloon floor mounted toilet to facilitate passenger access and maximise luggage capacity. A brand new HVAC climate control system and single glazing conform to New Zealand’s weight regulations. Interior trim options bespoke for Ritchies have been developed in leather and fabric materials. On show on the Alexander Dennis booth also the 3 axle Enviro200XLB. Launched in June 2017, this 12.75m long 3 axle Enviro200 is powered by a 6 cylinder Euro VI engine and is designed to carry 45 seated passengers and 38 standees. Orders have already been placed for 32 of the 3 axle Enviro200XLB vehicles and 44 Enviro200 vehicles.
October 5, 2017 - The new Iveco Daily Center in Suzzara, Italy
Iveco has inaugurated the Daily Center, a showroom located in Suzzara, near Mantova, at the production facility of the renowned Daily range. The sales outlet is run by Officine Brennero, exclusive Iveco dealer in Verona. At the inauguration ceremony were Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, Roberto Maroni, President of the Lombardy Region, Beniamino Morselli, President of the Province of Mantua, and Ivan Ongari, Mayor of Suzzara. "Here at the Daily Center," Pierre Lahutte said, "we can offer a unique view of all the possibilities offered by the Daily range, provide professional advice and illustrate the advanced technologies that come into the construction of their vehicle. Our local customers will also be able to take over their new vehicle. " The Daily Center building is an example of sustainability. It is designed to maximize energy efficiency and generate electricity with photovoltaic cells facing the south facade. The large glazed walls optimize the use of natural light while the sloping roof directs rainwater to large tanks where it is collected for use in the building.
October 5, 2017 - Solaris Bus & Coach awarded for its Tramino
The Solaris Tramino Leipzig tram has been awarded a prestigious engineer Ernest Malinowski Award at the TRAKO International Railway Industry trade show in Gdańsk, Poland, where the vehicle was displayed last September. The Solaris Tramino Leipzig is 37,63 meter long and it consists of four modules. The tram presented at the Gdańsk’s trade show is one of the 23 that the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) has ordered since 2015. The frame agreement includes the delivery of up to 41 trams until 2020. The 2.3-meter wide tram is equipped with 4 classic driving bogies and one non-powered Jacobs type bogie. The tram track width amounts to 1458 mm, specific for the LVB network. On board there's a room for 75 seats and 220 passengers.
October 4, 2017 - Solaris electric buses for Poland
The year 2017 abounds in battery buses orders on Solaris’ domestic market. The electric buses will soon leave the factory in Bolechowo and head towards Chodzież, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Sosnowiec, Warsaw, Września and Stalowa Wola. The last one municipality will take delivery of ten Urbino 8,9 LE electric buses. They are part of an order for 19 buses, 10 of which are battery vehicles and the remaining 9 are conventional diesel buses. The order also includes the infrastructure necessary for the charging of the vehicles. According to the contract signed on September 28, 2017, the electric Solaris buses will be delivered to Stalowa Wola in the Spring of 2018. Three pantograph charging stations which will charge the vehicles on the route and five stationary, double output depot chargers will be delivered by a Polish company – Ekoenergetyka-Polska. Each of the vehicles ordered will be equipped with a 160 kW central traction motor and four batteries (160 kWh). The buses will also be equipped with USB sockets, WiFi Internet, CCTV system, passenger counting systems.

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