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October 4, 2017 - Alternatives to diesel from Scania
At Busworld Europe 2017 (Kortrijk, October 20-25), Scania will present its wide range of alternatives to traditional diesel. Currently, the Swedish manufacturer offers natural gas engines and biogas, bioethanol, biodiesel, HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and hybrids. In several European cities, Scania is pioneering in the transition to clean, low-carbon technologies. It has recently provided 53 gas double-deckers in Nottingham, UK. It is the world's largest fleet of gas-powered double-deck buses. It was then followed by the British city of Sunderland with a biogas double-deck fleet. "There are many cities interested in gas as a source of power," pointed out the Swedish manufacturer, "as it is a economically viable solution with less carbon emissions, less nitrogen oxide emissions and a significantly lower noise level. Biogas production also creates local job opportunities, less dependence on imports and ecosystems where residents' refuse becomes fuel for transport. " At Busworld, Scania will also highlight how its custom maintenance services can be important to optimize the economic performance of operators.
Oct. 4, 2017 - First Allison nine-speed fully automatic transmission
Allison Transmission has announced its first nine-speed model at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. The innovative, fully automatic transmission, for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, will be available globally and is targeted for release in 2020. With its deep first gear ratio and industry-leading ratio coverage, the Allison nine-speed transmission provides significant fuel savings as the highly-efficient gear train allows the torque converter to lock up early in first gear. Additionally, the nine-speed includes an integral engine stop-start system that provides immediate transmission engagement and vehicle hold while the engine is restarted. Providing value for a variety of applications, the nine-speed model is ideal for distribution trucks, rental and lease trucks, and school buses.
October 4, 2017 - A new integral version of Next by Indcar
Three years after the launch of the first Indcar Next, a new integral version of this model will be unveiled at Busworld Europe 2017. «The new vehicle», explained the Iberian manufacturer, «shares with its predecessors the elegant exterior design and a very spacious interior. It also stands for its great luggage capacity. The driver's area was created from scratch in order to create a specific dashboard for the bus driver. It will be the most powerful unit of the series, with a 264CV PACCAR PX-7 engine." The current Next range has four versions in four lengths (from 7 to 10m) and multiple interior distributions (from 27 to 41 seats with PRM options). In addition to the new Next, Indcar will put on show at Busworld a large display of its minibus range: the new Strada M2 model, two Mobi versions, a Wing and a Mago 2 F1 Special Edition. A Next L9 built on a MAN N14 4850 chassis will be available at the test driving area.
Oct. 3, 2017 - Iveco Crossway LE awarded at the IBC competition
The Iveco Low Entry intercity bus was rated the best at the International Bus & Coach Competition (IBC) that was held at the end of June in Munich. The 2017 edition, opened for the first time to buses with low entrances, has involved four industry leaders in Europe. After a series of rigorous tests conducted by a jury of international journalists, the Crossway LE model resulted the number one in terms of driveline, maneuverability, comfort, and total operating cost. "The Crossway range, which includes the Low Entry version," stated Iveco Bus, "boasts almost 30,000 operating units throughout Europe and high sales rates in France, Italy, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. It is spread among private operators and transport companies, including customers who operate large fleets, such as Deutsche Bahn, which has more than 1,000 Crossway buses in its fleet. " The production of this range takes place in the Vysoke Myto plant in the Czech Republic. The Crossway Low Entry bus will be exhibited at Busworld Europe 2017, which will take place in Kortijk on October 20 to 25.
October 3, 2017 - MAN awarded for its factory in Monaco
The German manufacturer has been awarded again for its Munich production plant. It's the Lean & Green Management Award 2017 awarded by Growtth Consulting Europe. A key factor in this success is MAN's attention to the environment, defined as "exemplary" by the jury. The MAN Group has set itself the goal of lowering CO2 emissions by 25% in its sites by 2020, based on 2008 data. A reduction of almost 20% has already been achieved in 2016. An important contribution to achieving ambitious climate targets is the new combined electric and thermal power station of the Munich site. MAN Truck & Bus explained: "Producing directly heating and energy, and thus increasing efficiency MAN Truck & Bus can save one million euros per year on energy costs and 9,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions, an important step on the way to a Green Factory. " Cooling of buildings is also of high energy efficiency. During the summer break, a new step of the wastewater system was built at the Munich facility. Office temperatures are thus lowered by using cooling ceiling systems with the water flowing through them. The official ceremony of the Lean & Green Award will take place on November 28, 2017.
October 2, 2017 - 51 Iveco school buses for Lithuania
Delivered to Vilnius, Lithuania, 51 school buses awarded to Iveco Bus by the Lithuanian Ministry of Education. The Iveco Daily school bus is designed for primary and secondary school students, with particular attention to children with reduced mobility, for which special equipment is provided. The total ground mass is up to 5 tons and the engine is Iveco Euro 6C (150 hp) with a 350 Nm torque. On board there are 19 seats. The Iveco Daily school bus complies with the European Union's safety and quality requirements and at the same time have been modified to adapt to road conditions in Lithuania. It's fitted with lower steps and a special light warning system that informs the driver when the kids get off the bus. They are also equipped with the Alcolock device, which prevents the driver from turning on the engine if he results positive in alcohol control. Under the program aimed at improving conditions in schools, the Lithuanian Ministry of Education buys each year new school buses for different regions. Since 2000, 900 school buses have been purchased and delivered. Currently 270 Iveco minibuses for school operate in Lithuania.
Oct. 2, 2017 - Bus manufacturers' commitment in soot-free buses
BYD, Cummins, Scania and Volvo Buses have joined the Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets. The four manufacturers will ensure ‘soot-free’ engine technology is available for purchase in 20 major cities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia. beginning in 2018. They will each release through their websites a full product portfolio available in each city and will begin publicly reporting the number of soot-free buses sold in each year. Soot free is defined as including any engine that meets Euro VI norms first established in Europe or EPA 2010 norms first established in the United States, and any diesel engine with a diesel particulate filter, gas-powered engine, or a dedicated electric drive engine. Less than 20% of all buses sold globally meet the definition of soot-free, with the vast majority being diesel powered. Older generation diesel technology produces high levels of black carbon emissions, or soot, which are amongst the most dangerous pollutants for public health and a major contributor to climate change. The cleanest buses today can reduce these emissions by more than 99 percent. The Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets is an initiative led by C40 Cities, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Centro Mario Molina Chile and UN Environment.
Oct. 2, 2017 - The MAN Gourmet double-decker bus in Singapore
Discovering the Malaysian metropolis while tasting a dish in a moving restaurant. The city tour with gastronomic experience included is offered by the Duck & Hippo bus operator on a MAN double-decker bus developed with the local Soon Chow manufacturer. The top floor houses a 32-seat dining room, the kitchen is located on the lower floor. Local specialties are served at noon, Indochinese dishes in the evening. The structural base of the Gourmet bus is a two-axle MAN A69 chassis with a Euro 5 engine of 250 hp (184 kW). The vehicle is fitted with EBS, ABS, ECAS, wireless microphones for sound announcements, audio system and WiFi access. The MAN Gourmet is not the only bus in Singapore with the Lion emblem. Tourists can also discover the city on board the many hop-on / hop-off buses and two historic MAN bus trolleys. Recently, two low floor double-deckers have come into operation. These vehicles were made in joint ventures by MAN Truck & Bus Asia Pacific with Malaysian manufacturer Gemilang Coachworks and local STK importer. This is followed by an order for 60 vehicles in 2015, bringing the MAN bus fleet in Singapore to 950 units.
Sept. 29, 2017 - Castrosua/Scania CNG buses for ALSA
Madrid-based transport company ALSA has recently acquired eight Magnus.E CNG buses bodied by Castrosua. The vehicles are built on Scania chassis with Class II equipment. They will be used for services provided to the Madrid Consortium of Transportation. Long 15 meters with two doors, they offer 63 seats and space for 40 standing passengers in addition to a seat for people with reduced mobility. Onboard features include air conditioning, anti-fog, convector heating, Led indoor lighting, USB sockets, fire extinguishing system. The driver area has a dedicated door, sliding window, pneumatic seat with armrest, radio with USB socket. With this acquisition, ALSA continues its renewal policy with clean technology vehicles to offer more and more ecologically sustainable transport services.
Sept.29, 2017 - Volvo’s fully electric bus in UK demo tour
First demonstration tour in the UK for the Volvo 7900 electric bus. The tour started in Manchester and the vehicle is operated by First Manchester on the Metroshuttle 2 rout, a free-to-use service that provides access to key locations across the city centre. It will be deployed for a period of eight weeks from the middle of September. The zero emission, fully electric bus is recharged on the route in Manchester, taking between three to six minutes via the OppCharge pantograph from ABB. It's the first time the system has been used in the UK, giving flexibility and the possibility of 24 hour continuous operation. Following the Manchester trial, the vehicle will be heading for a demonstration at London’s Heathrow Airport for a period of eight weeks. This will involve transporting airport staff and customers to and from the car parks and terminals. The first Volvo 7900 Electric vehicles are set to enter service in the UK in early 2018 in Harrogate. Volvo has received orders for its fully electric bus from markets including Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden. In total, Volvo has sold 3,600 electrified buses worldwide.
Sept. 22, 2017 - BYD pure electric buses in Turin, Italy
Presented on September 18, the first three BYD electric buses ordered last year in Turin by the the local transport company GTT. It is the first fleet of 12-meter electric buses to enter service in Italy. The vehicles have a capacity of 77 passengers, including 21 seats, plus a wheelchair. The producer declares a range of 310 km and a consumption of 104 kWh per 100 km. Two traditional charging stations have been installed at the GTT depots. The livery was made by the students of the painting school of Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin. BYD will also provide a full-time service for ten years.
Sept. 9, 2017 - The largest order of Volvo fully electric buses
The Norwegian transport company Tide Buss has placed an order for 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses. This is the largest ever order of fully electric buses for Volvo Buses. The vehicles will run on four routes in Trondheim, covering distances of between 12 and 15 km each, with operations due to start in August 2019. Volvo Buses will also take care of all vehicle and battery maintenance at a fixed monthly cost. The buses will be fast-charged using opportunity charging, via rails installed at the end stops. The charging stations will be based on the OppCharge open interface, which means they can be used by other electrified bus makes too. The buses will run on renewable energy so they will be entirely emission-free. In addition to the fully electric Volvo 7900 Electric, the Volvo Buses range of electrified vehicles includes hybrid models and electric hybrids (plug-in hybrids). To date, the company has sold more than 3,600 electrified buses globally.

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