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August 26, 2017 - Solaris electric buses for Boreal Norge
One of the leading Norwegian public transport operators has chosen the Solaris technology for the introduction of electric buses in its fleet. The five vehicles ordered by Boreal Norge AS are the 12-meters Urbino 12 electric buses with a ZF AVE 130 electrically driven portal axle, integrated electric motors and Medcom drive system. They will be fitted with 146kWh Solaris High Power batteries and charged via plug-in system. Additionally, the vehicles will also be equipped with the roof-mounted pantograph, which will allow the fast charging to take place while the bus is on route. According to the recently signed contract the new buses will start operation in Summer 2018. Based in Stavanger, Boreal Norge operates buses, trams, fast-ferries and ferries. The group has 2,000 employees throughout the country.
August 25, 2017 - Mercedes Sprinter Travel 65 "10 Year Edition"
Mercedes-Benz has launched a 10 year Edition of the Sprinter Travel 65 minibus to celebrate the birthday of this popular model presented for the first time at the 2017 Kortijk Busworld exhibition. The jubilee version is limited to 50 vehicles with an exclusive design. All versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Travel 65 10 Year Edition are fitted with extra wide Travel Star Xtra passenger seats with softline upholstery and folding tables, fridge, tour guide seat, multifunction steering wheel in leather, radio audio 15 and Becker Map Pilot navigation system, reversing camera, start-up assistant, main beam assistant and Collision Prevention Assistant, two years warranty plus one year extension for material defects. Mercedes-Benz points out: "The Sprinter Travel 65 is 100 per cent a Mercedes-Benz, since, as distinct from other providers of Sprinter minibuses, not only the base vehicle, but also the body and installations are original Mercedes-Benz. This means that Mercedes-Benz is always the right contact point – for advice and marketing information, but also for servicing, warranty, leasing or finance and the largest and closest-knit after-sales service network for buses in Europe."
August 24, 2017 - VDL MidCity Electric: on the market in 2018
With the introduction of the MidCity Electric model, VDL Bus & Coach is expanding its zero-emission range. This fully electric minibus is 8 m long and has a lowered floor for an easy access. In addition, the wheel base extension allows great flexibility in the type and number of seats. The vehicle features a 87 kWh battery and the manufacturer declares a range of up to 220 km. The new electric model will be introduced during 2018. The VDL Citea electric buses in daily operation are now 92 and have just covered more than 3 million km. "To produce customer solutions in partnership with the transport operator during the transition from diesel to electric", stated VDL Bus & Coach in a press release, "VDL is increasingly taking on the role of transition partner, meaning VDL not only delivers the buses but takes responsibility for the entire system, including installation of the charging stations."
August 5, 2017 - Solaris Urbino electric buses for STIB Brussels
Brussels starts to focus on electric mobility. According to Belgian Transport Minister Pascal Smet, the goal of the city is to get to a 100% electric fleet before 2030. And so the first purchases just started. The local public transport company STIB has recently signed a framework agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach for the delivery of seven buses with the possibility of extending the order. They are Urbino 8.9 LE powered by a 160 kW central traction motor and electric drive of the Polish producer Medcom with 160 kWh batteries and plug-in charger. The vehicles will be fitted with PU leather seats, wood grain floor, extendable ramp for wheelchairs, full monitoring system and anti-aggressive driver’s cabin. The seven new Solaris Urbino electric buses will start regular service on the new lane Citybus at the beginning of 2018.
August 1, 2017 - A Neoplan Skyliner for the FC Porto soccer team
With a big show in front of thousands of fans, FC Porto welcomed the new coach of the team. It's a double decker of the renowned Neoplan Skyliner range. The vehicle was converted by the MAN Bus Center (BMC) into a luxury bus with individual seats for the FC Porto players and the technical team. Downstairs, a state-of-the-art kitchen with galley, ceramic hob, fridge and tables vis-a-vis. On the top floor, single top range seats offer ample space for up to 20 players. Other features include charging ports for each seat, refrigerators on both floors, integrated hi-fi system and multimedia system with various monitors. The vehicle features the latest driving assistance systems such as Emergency brake assistance (EBA), Adaptive cruise control (ACC), LGS system and MAN ComfortDriveSuspension (CDS) electronic shock absorbers. The 12.5-liter 500-hp Common-Rail 6-cylinder diesel engine is matched to an automatic gearbox with topographic cruise control. The new FC Porto's coach will be in operation since the start of the 2017/2018 football season.
July 31, 2017 - Kiepe Electric on bus fleet electrification
As part of the regular ‘DNHK on site’ event series, Kiepe Electric opened its doors to 60 representatives of the political and business spheres and from the mass transit sector for a discussion of bus fleet electrification options. “With In Motion Charging (IMC) from Kiepe Electric, electric buses can cover up to 25 km in battery mode", explained Rainer Besold, Managing Director of Kiepe Electric GmbH. "The batteries are recharged on the 20% or so of the route that runs under overhead lines – the sections we call charging roads – and for the rest of the time an IMC bus operates just like a battery-powered bus. Today 600 of these IMC buses with reliable electrical equipment from Kiepe Electric are already in operation around the world.” The cities of Esslingen, Solingen and Arnheim reported on their experience with operation of IMC buses. In Esslingen, electric buses with IMC have been in successful operation since 2015. “The IMC buses are as reliable as diesel-engined buses. Each bus covers around 65,000 km a year, with 43,000 km of that distance in battery mode", said the Head of Operations Harald Boog. With their trolley buses, Arnheim and Solingen have been running environmentally compatible bus services for decades. In the future, the overhead lines in Solingen and Arnheim will be able to provide power for a wide variety of electric vehicles. Regenerative energy resources such as solar power and wind energy will be fed into the overhead lines. Stationary batteries connected to the overhead lines will provide interim storage capacity. This innovative concept means that bus routes can be extended without constructing new overhead lines, or that part of the existing diesel- and gas-powered fleet can be immediately replaced with IMC battery buses.
July 29, 2017 - New MB bus for Argentina with Allison transmission
Mercedes-Benz and its official Argentinian dealer Colcar have developed a new city bus equipped with an Allison transmission. The Omnibus OF1621 Euro V is powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM 924 LA front engine with 218 hp (160 kW) and 800 Nm of torque. It features an Allison fully automatic T270R transmission with retarder. "The inclusion of the transmission’s hydraulic retarder", Allison states in a press release, "will help bus fleets reduce downtime by increasing brake life by up to four times".
July 29, 2017 - Scania/Castrosua buses for Autos Mediterráneo
The Autos Mediterráneo transport company based in Castelló de la Plana, Spain, has recently introduced four new buses on Scania chassis with Magnus E body by Castrosua. The vehicles are 13 meters long and are powered by a 250-hp Euro 6 engine with a maximum torque of 1,250 Nm. As for safety, the buses feature the Advanced Emergency Brake (AEB) which warns the driver in case of collision risk and activates the emergency brake in case of imminent danger. In addition, the vehicles are fitted with the Lane Change Warning system (LDW).
July 23, 2017 - London: another order for BYD ADL electric buses
The London operator Metroline has chosen the ADL BYD electric buses following a tender awarded by TFL (Transport for London) to operate electric buses on a central London route. The order includes 23 single decker buses with a length of 10.8 meters. BYD will supply charging equipment and, in association with SSE, work with Metroline on related infrastructure. The buses will be delivered in Summer 2018. Metroline has been operating five BYD pure electric double deckers, the world’s first, on Route 98 since May 2016. «The buses, built in China», stated BYD, «are pre-production pilot models which have proved that electric technology works on double as well as single deck buses».
July 20, 2017 - The Evobus spare parts centre is 10 years old
Evobus is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its spare parts logistics centre based in Neu Ulm, Germany. It's the world's largest central store for bus parts. Since 2007, the facility has supplied over 650 Omniplus service centres, warehouses, dealers and workshops with spareparts for the Setra and Mercedes-Benz brands – round-the-clock. In an area of around 40,000 square metres, the spare parts logistics centre stocks over 130,000 spareparts and accessories in certified Omniplus quality. Up to 700 items a day leave the location, which employs around 400 people. In 2014, the spare parts logistics centre was awarded by the "German Society for Sustainable Building" (DGNB) as Germany's first sustainable industrial facility. Over 650 are the authorised Omniplus service centres in Europe.
July 19, 2017 - The new MAN Lion's Coach at Busworld 2017
Here is the latest MAN Lion's Coach. The German manufacturer offers a preview before enjoying it at Kortijk Busworld next October. Revised from the ECE R66.02 regulation on rolling resistance (applied to all Class II and III buses registered since November 2017), the new Lion's Coach offers innovative solutions starting from a clear separation of the functional areas: driving position and passenger room, luggage compartment and engine unit. "This separation not only improves the look," states MAN Truck & Bus "but also easy maintenance and therefore cost-effectiveness, as damaged parts can be replaced shortly and at a lower cost" . The new MAN Lion's Coach offers more torque (4,000 Nm versus 3,200) and 80 kW of more power output for a total output of 500 kW. New are the headlamps, for the first time full LED, as well as the ear lights always on LED as standard. There are several improvements in the passenger compartment, such as the LED light strip that rises the roof area or USB sockets for all seats, as well as the driver's seat with the heated driver window, enhanced with incandescent almost invisible. The capacity is 53, 57, 59 or 63 passengers (without toilets). Luggage space varies between 11.7 and 14.3 cubic meters depending on the model. The vehicle will be available immediately in three lengths: 12.101 mm, 13.361 mm and 13.901 mm on two or three axles. By the end of 2017 a fourth variant will be added with the 13,091-mm model on two axles.
July 14, 2017 - Solaris Urbino Electric: orders from Italy
During the last weeks, the Polish manufacturer has received orders for 22 electric buses. All the vehicles are intended for the Italian market: 12 units for the ATB transport company based in Bergamo and 10 for ATM Milan. They are very similar in terms of technical parameters. The supplier to the electric driver is the Polish company Medcom. The Urbino electric buses for the Italian market will be built on the AVE 130 axles with two 125-kW integrated traction motors. The power will be stored in a high-energy battery with a total capacity of 240 kWh. In both cases, the manufacturer will mount the modern dashboard from its own design with touch controls. The vehicles have a capacity of 74 passengers, of which 23 seated, and all have air conditioning with automatic temperature control. The lighting is LED. Solaris will also provide an ATS monitoring system consisting of a 7-inch monitor on a central console, rear camera and above the doors.