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The first four months of 2018 closed negatively.

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City buses mark the increase.

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Italy decrees the necessary law.

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Also in the future of New York.

MAN TRUCK & BUS

Lion’s Coach with ZF automatic transmission.

MERCEDES-BENZ

The new Sprinter for passenger transport.

IRIZAR

The new Irizar e-Mobility plant has been launched.

SOLARIS BUS & COACH

The range of electric buses has been presented in Krakow.

April 9, 2018 - First Solaris electric buses in Milan
Milan is a friendly city of electricity as a source of power for public transport with tramways, trolleybuses, the subway and now also electric buses. On March 27, the first of the 25 electric buses acquired by the Milanese public transport company entered service on the ATM network. They are 12-meter buses produced in Poland by Solaris Bus & Coach. The total investment is 14 million euros. The vehicles are equipped with lithium-iron-phosphate batteries with a total capacity of 240 kWh. According to the manufacturer, the autonomy is about 180 km. The batteries are recharged in about five hours in the depot thanks to a charging column with a capacity of 80 kW. The first batch of 10 units will be delivered by mid-April, while the second, consisting of 15 vehicles, will be delivered between October and the end of 2018. "This is only the first step in a fleet renewal project that expects by the end of this year the launch of a tender for further 175 electric buses, "confirms ATM in a press release. The plan announced by the company is very ambitious, ATM aims to buy only electric vehicles from 2020, anticipating of five years the commitments made in Paris by the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala at the Summit Together 4 Climate of the C40 Cities network. The stated goal is to arrive, at the end of 2030, to a fleet of 1,200 electric buses. "Atm will make concrete the commitment to the C40 to have a Zero Emission Zone, indeed, will go further, because all its fleet will be electric, even the one that will serve the suburbs. Furthermore, all the depots will be reconverted, and three innovative structures will be built ".
April 6, 2018 - Further VDL electric buses for Arriva Netherlands
From April 1, nine VDL Citea SLF-120 Electric buses are in regular service on lines 8 and 9 in 's-Hertogenbosch, southern Netherlands. These vehicles are a follow-up order of 2016 for three electric Citeas supplied by VDL Bus & Coach to Arriva Netherlands for 's-Hertogenbosch. The vehicles are equipped with a new technology that allows the quick recharge of batteries at the terminus through a pantograph on the roof of the bus. These buses have a three-door configuration and offer USB points and Wi-Fi sockets. Arriva Netherlands is part of the Arriva Group, owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading passenger transport company operating in 14 European countries.
April 6, 2018 - Solaris will supply 30 trolleybuses to Gdynia
The Polish manufacturer has signed a contract with the city hall of Gdynia, Poland, for the delivery of 30 trolleybuses. The order consists of 16 articulated Trollino 18 vehicles in addition to 14 Trollinos 12. The trolleybuses will be fitted with additional batteries which enable driving off the traction line. The Solaris Trollinos 12 vehicles will have batteries with a capacity of 58 kWh, while the 16 articulated units will be equipped with 87 kWh batteries. This means that both types will be able to cover a distance of dozens of kilometres in zero-emission mode without the use of a pantograph. In addition to trolleybuses, Solaris will also provide batteries that will allow the modernization of 21 other vehicles. Replacement of nickel-cadmium batteries with lithium-ion ones, together with appropriate power electronics, is a huge technological leap, which will allow for a zero-emission ride circa 15-20 kilometers without connection to traction. Modernization of trolleybuses begins this spring, while the supply of the trolleybuses to Gdynia will begin in September this year and shall be completed by spring 2019.
April 5, 2018 - Setra S 515 HD coaches for AM Turist
Zaprešić, Croatia. The local tour operator AM Turist has chosen again the brand Setra for the renewal of its fleet. The last supply concerns seven vehicles from the ComfortClass 500 series. These S 515 HD coaches are fitted with 48 seats. AM Turist provides tour organisers with 20 coaches of the Ulm-based brand for multi-day tours across Europe. Since the market launch of the Setra ComfortClass six years ago, the Croatian company has ordered a total of 28 vehicles of this model series. "The quality of the coaches, the safety systems and the well-developed service network are unique in Europe", said Anto Jurić, the senior partner of the family business founded in 1987, which pursues a strategy of ongoing investment and the further expansion of its all-Setra fleet.
April 4, 2018 - The 8th edition of Busworld India 2018
The B2B bus and coach exhibition is scheduled in Bangalore on August 29-31, 2018. This 8th edition will be powered by the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU), the official national body of public transport operators in India. This collaboration means that ASRTU will hold its yearly member conference during Busworld India on the exhibition premises. ASRTU and Busworld will collaborate closely in putting together an interesting programme that addresses the specific local issues of the bus market in India combined with best cases and interesting takeaways from other parts of the world that can contribute to inspire and uplift the Indian bus situation. Anand Rao, Executive Director of ASRTU explained: “The Public Transport in India is dominated by buses through State Road Transport Corporations. As many as 150,000 buses are operated by the seventy public sector State Transport Undertakings (STUs) and Transport Corporations. These buses operate around 12.1 billion kilometres annually and carry more than 70 million passenger trips per day. This is nearly three times the passengers carried by Indian railways.”
April 4, 2018 - 58 Van Hool trambuses for Trondheim, Norway
The Belgian bus manufacturer has signed a contract with the local operators Nettbuss and Tide based in Trondheim, Norway, for the supply of 58 bi-articulated Exqui.City trambuses. The vehicles are 24-meter long in the hybrid (HVO diesel-electric) version. These buses will be utilised by the two local operators who run the buses on behalf of AtB, the public transport company in Trondheim: Nettbuss (44 units) and Tide (14 units). The first 2 units will be delivered in December 2018 (1 vehicle for each operator). All the remaining trambuses will be delivered between March and June 2019. This is the largest order that Van Hool has ever secured for its trambus, which has been available in the market since 2011. More than 250 units have been ordered in 11 countries to date.
March 28, 2018 - MAN and VHH will test the second life of batteries
The two companies have signed a 'memorandum of understanding' on reuse of batteries from electric buses to store energy at the depot for charging stations. The two partners want to jointly test the second life of batteries in a stationary storage facility. The prototype of the stationary storage facility is to start operating in Hamburg-Bergedorf during the course of the year. This involves working with used batteries obtained from vehicle testing, with cells of the type that will also be used in MAN's eBuses. The project is part of the mobility partnership between Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Volkswagen Group. "This second life storage", said MAN Truck & Bus in a press release, "is designed to prevent power consumption peaks during bus charging (peak shaving) by filling up on charge during quieter periods, which the buses can then use at peak times. This saves costs and stabilises utilisation of the power grid, which is the intention of the participants".
March 26, 2018 - BYD buses: the first Portuguese order
The public transport company of Coimbra (SMTUC) has placed an order for 8 pure electric 12 metre BYD buses. It is the first purchase order in Portugal for BYD’s pure electric buses and follows a successful test by SMTUC of a BYD 12 metre ebus last year. Delivery is planned at the beginning of 2019. With the confirmation of this order in Portugal, BYD is expanding its European presence to 10 countries with orders for more 400 electric buses in Europe. Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe, said: "From north to south Europe, we have become a competitive player across the Continent covering all the climatic conditions from the cold north of Scandinavia to the heat of Italy, Spain and now Portugal, not forgetting the more moderate conditions of Benelux and the UK. The results of the tests with our ebus here were promising and we are confident that our ebuses can deliver reliable and safe services and help to improve air quality, whatever the weather."
March 23, 2018 - 250 Scania/Marcopolo buses for Lagos
The Nigerian operator Transport Services Ltd (TSL) ordered 250 buses on Scania chassis with Marcopolo body. The buses will be delivered by Marcopolo during the first half of 2018. The vehicles will be built on Scania’s 2-axle low-entry chassis featuring a 9-litre 250 hp engine (K250UB4X2) and will be fitted out with Marcopolo’s Viale bus body model. In addition, Marcopolo will deliver 50 buses of its smaller Volare model, built on a Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus chassis (Volksbus 10.150OD). “The choice of Scania and Marcopolo as suppliers is in line with our strategy of becoming a leading player within public transport in Nigeria. The companies supply robust and passenger-friendly buses with favourable operating costs,” says TSL’s CEO Deji Wright. Scania’s efforts to boost its presence in the West Africa region began with the establishment in Ghana, where the company has delivered a total of about 400 buses and coaches since 2014. Aside from taking responsibility for servicing and maintenance of the buses and coaches, Scania has contributed to the design of bus service systems and training of drivers.
March 23, 2018 - iF Design Award 2018 to MAN Lion's Coach
For the third consecutive time, a MAN bus has won the iF Design Award. After the victories of MAN Intercity (2016) and NEOPLAN Tourliner (2017), the jury of the iF International Forum Design awarded the new MAN Lion's Coach for the "Automobiles / Vehicles / Bikes" category. It's a model that distinguishes itself, in addition to its timeless forms, for the new optical group with the daytime running lights that also act as directional indicators, for a clear separation of functional areas, the new Color & Trim system, the continuous light band LED lights the roof area. Without forgetting the improvement of aerodynamics by 20% compared to the previous model. The iF Design Award was born in 1953. The winners are chosen on the basis of fixed criteria, including aesthetics and form, level of innovation, ergonomics, functionality and aspects related to the environment. "The award is a globally recognized quality label that is delivered every year to just a few products," commented Stephan Schönherr, Vice President Design Bus of MAN Truck & Bus. «Having won it for the third time in a row is a demonstration of how innovative and valuable our buses are».
March 15, 2018 - Otokar: 100 buses for Amman, Jordan
Shortly after the contract in Bucharest for 400 buses, Otokar was awarded a contract in Jordan. The Greater Amman Municipality ordered 100 buses including 40 Otokar Kent and 60 Vectio buses. Both the models have a low floor and are fitted with air conditioning system and safety devices such as ABS, ASR. The Vectio model will be also fitted with a ramp for wheelchair at the exit. "Having exported nearly 5,000 buses", stated the Turkish manufacturer, "Otokar has increased its total vehicle park to 2,500 levels in key target export markets, namely France, Italy and Spain."
March 15, 2018 - Flixbus tests long distance electric buses
From Paris to Amiens (about 140 km by road) on board electric coaches. The European operator Flixbus launches into alternative mobility and tests, first in Europe, the long distance bus service with electric traction vehicles. From next April, a pair of Flix-E-Bus will be operating on the Paris-Amiens line. And from the summer 2018, FlixBus plans to extend the test to Germany, adding an additional Flix-E-Bus between the Hessian and Baden-Württemberg regions. The vehicles are made in China: the two for France are Yutong ICes 12 with 53 seats while the one for Germany is a BYD C9 with 40 seats. "Our goal is to help build the mobility of the future," said André Schwämmlein, founder and CEO of FlixBus, "and we are convinced that the E-Bus represents a valid long-term investment, both for our company and for customers and environment."

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