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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".
May 25, 2018 - Orders from Poland for the brand Mercedes-Benz
Krakow, Poland. The public transport authority MPK Krakow (Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne S.A. w Krakowie) has placed an order for the supply of 86 Mercedes-Benz city buses (56 Citaros and 30 Citaro hybrids). The vehicles will be arriving from September 2018. Another contract for Mercedes-Benz buses was signed at the beginning of May in Gdansk, a Polish city on the Baltic coast. The Gdansk public transport authority GAiT (Gdanskie Autobusy i Tramwaje) commissioned to Daimler Buses 46 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses. The vehicles will be handed over to GAiT in the spring of 2019. A further order was placed in the first half of this year by the city of Bialystok, North-East Poland, for 18 Mercedes-Benz Conecto buses to be delivered towards the end of the year to Bialystok's public transport operator.
May 25, 2018 - Hochbahn has ordered Solaris electric buses
The Hamburg public transport operator has chosen Solaris Bus & Coach for the supply of ten electrically powered buses. The first two units will be delivered in autumn this year and the remaining ones in September 2019. The Solaris Urbino 12 buses can accommodate up to 70 passengers (25 seated) and the axle with integrated electric motors will constitute the drive unit. The Solaris High Energy batteries will boast a total capacity of 240 kWh. The buses will be recharged at the bus depot, using a plug-in charger. The Senate of Hamburg has decided that, as of 2020, all buses bought by local carriers should be electric zero-emission vehicles. Solaris electric buses are already operating in Hamburg: five units serve the 109 line dedicated to low and zero-emission vehicles. Two of the 18.75-meter Urbino electric buses supplied in 2014 are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells.
May 24, 2018 - VDL has won a tender for electric buses in Sweden
Umea, Sweden. The Municipality has announced that VDL Bus & Coach is the winner of the tender for the supply of 25 electric-powered buses. For the Dutch manufacturer this is the largest order of electric buses in the Swedish borders. VDL has been selected as system provider, which means that in addition to delivering the 25 Citea SLFA-180s and charging stations, it will also be responsible for implementation. The vehicles are fitted with a rooftop pantograph, a 169 kW battery, 48 seats, USB connections and "Nordic Pack" which includes extra features such as additional insulation and heating to cope with the cold Swedish weather. The bus service in Umeå is provided by Transdev Sverige AB. The buses will be put in service in June 2019.
May23, 2018 - Further ADL double deck hybrids for Abellio
The transport operator Abellio put on service in London this month a further 16 new Enviro400H double deck hybrid buses manufactured by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL). The new hybrid buses will boost the Abellio London fleet towards the 800-vehicle mark, with 85% of those made by ADL. Business between the two companies now totals over £100m since 2011. Abellio is owned by Dutch railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen and has bus and rail operations in Germany and the United Kingdom.
May 22, 2018 - MAN Lion's Coaches in the Emirates
Sharjah RTA is the first bus company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to roll out MAN Lion’s Coaches featuring assistance systems for increased safety. The MAN Lion's Coach buses handed over by Sharjah RTA are fitted with devices such as Emergency Braking System (EBA), Lane Guard System (LGS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). As its next step, the Arab company has ordered another eight MAN Lion's Coaches. The vehicles comply with the Euro 5 EEV emission standard, meeting cutting edge environmental standards as well as ensuring safety.
May 14, 2018 - ADL double-deck hybrid buses in London
Go-Ahead London has taken delivery of the first 39 Enviro400H buses with Series-E hybrid technology. The double-deck hybrid buses are manufactured by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BAE Systems. Fitted with an ultra-capacitor energy storage instead of the previous generation’s batteries, the Enviro400H bus with Series-E hybrid technology has achieved Ultra Low Emission Bus certification with 37% lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional diesel buses. ADL explains: "Series-E maintains the series hybrid system architecture – proven in over 1,300 existing Enviro400H hybrid buses – in which the diesel engine only acts as generator to produce energy for the electric drive. This now utilizes a lighter and more compact direct drive permanent magnet traction motor, which no longer requires a speed reducing gearbox, thereby increasing efficiency and minimising wear." Go-Ahead London is the pioneering launch customer for this next generation Enviro400H, with the first 39 buses entering service on Transport for London route 36. Another 26 are on order for routes 77 and 87.

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