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June 18, 2018 - Solaris Bus & Coach: not only vehicles
The Polish manufacturer not only develops new constructions of complete vehicles but also innovative components and systems used in buses and trolleybuses for serial production through the Research and Development department which currently employs around 150 engineers. A recent example is the electric Urbino 8.9 LE equipped for RCKiK Katowice, a vehicle with a heating system powered by LPG, much cheaper than a standard heater. Another solution adopted on the hydrogen bus currently under construction in the Bolechowo plant, is the heating and cooling system with CO2 refrigerant recuperated from the waste energy of the cooling system of the hydrogen drivetrain. Solaris engineers are then working on the gradual restriction of the use of R134a refrigerant used in current air conditioning systems. Changes have also been applied to the power steering system. The subject matter is the electric power steering pump, powered with standard 24V batteries. This solution results in the reduction of energy use, the pump does not burden the main engine and, hence, it also increases the range of electric and hybrid vehicles. And it can also be a viable option for trolley buses.
June 15, 2018 - ATV Verona pushes on natural gas
Verona Transport Company (ATV) has renewed its fleet with natural gas buses. Among these, there are 25 Scania Citywide LF CNG buses intended to serve the urban basin. These vehicles were awarded in August 2017 as part of an 18 million euro tender for a total of 67 buses, of which 40 with natural gas engine. 12 meters long, the Citywide LF CNG buses are powered by a 280-hp engine. The on-board equipment includes a digital video surveillance system with six cameras, AVM system for geolocation and media monitoring, voice stop announcement, contactless obliterator, wheelchair boarding ramp, air conditioning for passenger compartment and driver's seat. The LED headlights provide greater brightness.
June 15, 2018 - BYD ADL electric buses will land in New Zealand
The first electric buses in the New Zealand continent will be introduced early next year by Red Bus operator which ordered to Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) three Enviro200EV single deck battery buses for a fully electric urban bus service. The 12m long buses will be fully air- conditioned and will carry 60 passengers. The vehicles will be delivered by March 2019 and will be used on route 29 between the Christchurch city centre and the airport. Their ability to run all day on the airport service without recharging allows them to fully replace three existing diesel buses. The Enviro200EV combines BYD’s state-of-the-art battery technology with ADL’s expertise in building lightweight, passenger-centric buses. This model was introduced in 2016 and 180 units are in service or on order.
June 15, 2018 - Scania chassis and Beulas body
The latest acquisition of the Spanish operator Autocares Quijada is a coach built on Scania K490EB chassis with Glory body by Beulas. The vehicle is powered by a 13-liter Euro 6 engine with a maximum torque of 2,550 Nm. It has advanced assistance systems such as the Lane Departure Warning system (LDW) in case the vehicle makes an unintentional lateral movement, the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which can help to activate the emergency brake in case of driver abandonment in dangerous situations, the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that helps the driver to maintain a constant distance from the vehicle in front and from the protection in the event of overturning.
June 13, 2018 - VDL Bus & Coach will supply 146 buses to De Lijn
The company run by the Flemish government in Belgium has ordered 146 new buses. The are all VDL branded. The order includes electric buses (7 Citeas SLF-120 Electric), hybrids (84 Citeas SLE-120 Hybrid) as well as articulated buses in diesel version (55 Citeas SLFA-180). The VDL Citea SLF-120 Electric is 12m long and is powered by an 85 kWh battery. It carries 92 passengers. VDL Bus & Coach will also provide the charging infrastructure. The charging points will be provided in collaboration with ABB. A 300 kW rapid charger (on the bus line) and 40 kW depot chargers will ensure the service throughout the day. The Citea SLE-120 Hybrid has a length of 12 meters and is equipped with a serial hybrid system with stop-and-go function. The vehicles for De Lijn are programmed such that they can drive off from traffic lights and bus stops using 100% electric power. Through use of an inverted pantograph and a larger battery pack, the electric autonomy can be extended further. The Citea SLFA-180 has a length of 18 m, capacity of 161 passengers (47 seated) and is equipped with a Euro 6 FPT engine.
June 13, 2018 - ADL Enviro500 double decks for Lausanne
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is to deliver 13 Enviro500 double deck buses to Transports publics based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The buses will be fitted with three doors, double glazing, LED lighting and USB sockets. They will have total capacity of 120 passengers (79 seated). Through the two staircases passengers reach the 52 seats upstairs. On the lower deck there is space for up to two wheelchairs or multiple push chairs. The Enviro500 ordered by tl will remain within the Continental European vehicle height limit of four metres. The Enviro500 for the Swiss company will be built at ADL’s factories in the United Kingdom. This is ADL’s second contract for double deck buses in Continental Europe after a launch order for 19 Enviro500 was placed by PostAuto for use in Eastern Switzerland. The first of these have been in service since mid-2017.
June 11, 2018 - Solaris buses for Ostróda, Poland
Solaris Bus & Coach signed a contract with the Ostróda municipal authorities for the supply of 12 buses to the operator Żegluga Ostródzka-Elbląska. The supply includes ten 12-metre Urbino buses with a conventional drive and two Urbino 8.9 LE electrics. The first six units will be delivered in May 2019 while the other ones in May 2020. The Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric buses will be powered by a central motor (160 kW). The traction batteries of up to 160 kWh will be charged via a plug-in system and with an on-board charger of 40 kW. All the vehicles will be air-conditioned and will feature a voice announcement system, a monitoring system and a passenger information system.
June 8, 2018 - Otokar Europe will supply 400 buses to Bucharest
On June 5, Otokar Europe signed an agreement with the Bucharest Municipality for the supply of 400 buses. The Turkish manufacturer will deliver the vehicles within 2018 and 2019. In addition to offering new generation inner city buses, the company will also provide aftersales services for eight years. This is the largest bus export agreement for one single item for a Turkish bus brand. The signing ceremony for the 400-bus tender was held in Bucharest with the Mayor Gabriela Firea and Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç.
June 6, 2018 - Arriva chooses Otokar for bus service in Warsaw
On 28 May, the Warsaw Municipal Transport Authority (ZTM) signed a contract with Arriva for passenger transport services with 9.2-meter buses. The operator chose the Vectio C model produced by Otokar. The 9-meter units ordered by Arriva amount to 34. The vehicles will be on the road starting from December 22nd and the contract will be in force until the end of 2026. The Otokar Vectio C buses for Warsaw will be equipped with air conditioning, monitoring, ticket machines, voice announcement system, LCD screens for passenger information, emergency communication and state-of-the-art localization.
June 4, 2018 - VDL unique charging location for e-vehicles
On May 25, 2018, VDL Groep inaugurated a unique charging location for electric vehicles on the grounds of VDL ETS (Enabling Transport Solutions) in Valkenswaard. Up to seven vehicles can be charged simultaneously in different ways. “This advanced charging square gives VDL the opportunity to test all new chargers as soon as or before they are put on the market in accordance with all future safety standards and requirements,” says Managing Director Menno Kleingeld of VDL ETS. “The ability to also discharge vehicles into energy storage systems makes it possible to perform charging/discharging cycles faster without excessive energy wastage or unnecessary aging of the battery.” VDL ETS (Enabling Transport Solutions) is part of VDL Groep and focuses on research, development, prototyping and testing of new concepts, in particular the transport-related activities of VDL companies.
May 26, 2018 - Iveco Natural Power technology for RATP Paris
The state-run Parisian public transport operator RATP, has signed a contract for the supply of 18-meter natural gas buses from the Iveco Bus 'Natural Power' range. The order follows the awarding of a European tender issued by RATP. Up to 150 Urbanway buses will be delivered between 2019 and 2024 according to the needs of the Parisian company. Manufactured at the Iveco Bus plant in Annonay, the vehicles are powered by compressed natural gas or biomethane. «100% compatible with the biomethane obtained from waste», the manufacturer explains, «the Natural Power range of Iveco Bus guarantees neutral carbon emissions, as well as a practical progress towards the energy transition». The manufacturer supports RATP as part of the "BUS 2025" plan, which aims to replace the current fleet with non-polluting solutions. Iveco Bus is an European leader in the field of natural gas vehicles with almost 6,000 buses operating throughout Europe.
May 26, 2018 - Allison transmissions for Turkish Gaziantep
Five years after first experiencing buses fitted with fully automatic Allison transmissions, Gaziantep Transportation Co. (aka Gaziulaş) has declared they will convert the entire fleet to Allison transmissions. About one third of the current Gaziulaş fleet consists of Otokar Doruk 220 LE low-floor buses with Allison Torqmatic T 280 transmissions, featuring retarders to extend the brake life. Recep Tokat, general director of Gaziulaş, said: “We prefer fully automatic transmission equipment for our buses because they eliminate driver mistakes and contribute to passenger comfort. Our automatic vehicles have exceeded 300,000 km and have not encountered any problems caused by the transmission".

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