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EUROPEAN MARKET

The first four months of 2018 closed negatively.

ITALIAN MARKET

City buses mark the increase.

AUTONOMOUS DRIVE

Italy decrees the necessary law.

ELECTRIC BUSES

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.

March 14, 2018 - BusStore Show 2018
On March 10th closed BusStore 2018, the international exhibition of used buses by the BusStore brand. For the first time in Warsaw, BusStore Show 2018 offered around fifty Mercedes-Benz and Setra used vehicles plus other of different brands. Visitors came from more than 20 countries. The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the 5th anniversary of BusStore, a brand that represents all the activities of Mercedes-Benz and Setra for used buses & coaches. In the anniversary year, five new stores are opened: in Zagreb (Croatia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Cesis (Latvia) and Albi (France) where BusStore further expands its presence on the French market. BusStore is present in 19 locations in Europe and is already planning further developments with a second wave of openings. Today the BusStore brand sells about 2,000 buses a year, with an offer extended to all brands and to all European locations thanks to the www.bus-store.com website.
March 13, 2018 - New Volvo double-decker coach for Mexico
The Swedish manufacturer expands its coach range for Mexico and presented the new 9800 DD integral coach at the ExpoForo exhibition (Santa Fe, March 7-9). The double-decker version offers 40 per cent increased passenger capacity compared to the single-decker 9800 (up to 63 passengers). The Volvo 9800 DD is 15m in length, 4.2m high and 2.60m wide. It offers an interior height of 1.80 meters on both decks as well as full capacity luggage racks. It is the only coach on the market offering a wheelchair ramp. The D13 driveline has an output of 500 hp, the most powerful on the Mexican market. The coach is fitted with Volvo’s advanced security systems, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Support and Collision Warning with Emergency Brake. The staircase to the second floor faces forward to reduce risks in case of emergency braking. At the Expo Foro exhibition, Volvo also presented a 15m version of the Volvo 9800 single decker. The Volvo 9800 was launched in 2016 and to date Volvo has sold 1,055 units.
March 13, 2018 - MAN Lion’s City new generation
The series production of the new MAN Lion's City will start next August at the MAN plant in Starachowice, Poland. The vehicle is characterized by advanced standards in terms of profitability, driving comfort, technology and design. Among the main features, the all-new driveline with the MAN EfficientHybrid, the independent wheel suspension on the front axle, the LED light functions and the new modular interior. Of particular importance, the adoption of the new 9-liter D1556 LOH engine which already complies with the Euro 6d emission standard that will come into force from 1 September 2019. Optionally, the new D15 engine can be supplemented with the MAN EfficientHybrid module, a system ‘Hybrid Mild’ with an generator and Ultracap that significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions by up to 16% thanks to the standard start-stop function.
March 7, 2018 - Volvo Buses: electrics & hybrids for Poland
The Swedish manufacturer has received an order for eight fully electric buses and eight electric hybrids from Inowrocław, Poland. The vehicles will be manufactured at the Volvo factory in Wroclaw, Poland. All vehicles are scheduled for delivery in 2018. Volvo will take care of all vehicle and battery maintenance. The buses will have two charging options: fast-charging at the end stops via pantograph and charging via CCS cable in the depot. The charging stations will be based on the common interface OppCharge. “We are very happy to supply the city of Inowrocław with more of our electrified buses and contribute to their transition to an all electrified bus fleet. We can now see that more and more of the world’s cities are choosing electrified city bus traffic in order to deal with poor air quality and noise,” said Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses. Volvo has previously supplied its hybrid buses to Polish cities and Volvo 7900 Hybrids operate in Wrocław, Sosnowiec, Inowrocław, Tarnowskie Góry and Warsaw. To date, the company has sold over 3,900 electrified buses in the world.
March 6, 2018 - Here is the full-electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Mercedes-Benz bares the cards of the full-electric Citaro. The official debut will be celebrated at the IAA in Hannover next September. The basis of its drive system is provided by an electric portal axle with electric motors at the wheel hubs. The peak output of the motors is 2 x 125 kW, while torque is 2 x 485 Nm. Lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of up to about 243 kWh are responsible for providing the power. These are split between up to a maximum of ten modules. As well as two battery modules on the roof, the standard equipment includes four modules in the rear of the bus. Depending upon customer requirements, a further two or four battery modules may be mounted on the roof. The charging technology used is similarly flexible. For the start of series production, charging via a Combo 2 connector is envisaged. If, in order to extend the range of the vehicle, there is a requirement for opportunity charging, there will in future also be an option to charge the Citaro via a pantograph.
March 6, 2018 - Kiepe Electric: new orders in Europe and the USA
The specialist in zero-emission drive announces orders for additional electric bus projects. In Italy, from 2019 onward, nine electric buses with IMC charging technology from Kiepe Electric will be operating on the new Rapid Coast Transport (TRC) line between Rimini and Riccione. A traction battery enables the buses to access and exit the electrified route along roads with no overhead lines. In Germany, the City of Esslingen is to expand its battery-powered trolleybus fleet to ten vehicles. The mass transit authority has been running four electric buses from Kiepe Electric on scheduled line service since 2016. The focus here is on the enhancement of the company’s ground-breaking In Motion Charging technology. With the new IMC 500 system and an improved traction battery, the buses will now be able to draw up to 500 kW of power from the overhead lines, boosting their performance above all on uphill stretches. In the U.S. market, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA) based in Ohio has taken up an option for 26 dual-mode electric buses that are to replace its current trolleybuses.
March 1, 2018 - Irizar i.e. bus in Valencia, Spain
After the tests carried out last June and July in Valencia, Spain, the municipal transport company EMT bought its first electric vehicle: an Irizar i.e. bus. Unveiled in February, the vehicle was presented along with another 35 hybrid technology units. It's 12 m. long and fitted with three doors, security cameras, Eco Assist system. The capacity is up to 76 passengers and the range stated by the manufacturer is over 200 km. Electric and hybrid buses in Valencia are deployed in the city centre. "This is a serious commitment by EMT", said Joan Ribç, Mayor of Valencia, "aimed at the modernization in line with environmental sustainability guidelines and challenges we currently face: a cause for satisfation". 
Mar. 1, 2018 - Hydrogen: the biggest order in Europe. By Van Hool
The Belgian manufacturer has signed a contract with RVK Köln and WSW Wuppertal (Germany) to supply 40 fuel cell buses of the latest generation. The unique order consists of 30 vehicles for Cologne and 10 for Wuppertal. It's the largest order for hydrogen-powered vehicles ever been placed in Europe. The buses will be built in the Van Hool factory in Koningshooikt. The first units will be delivered in the spring of 2019. Alle the buses are hybrids (fuel cell and batteries) of the Van Hool A330 type with dual axles and a length of 12 m. They will be fitted with a 210-kW Siemens PEM electric traction motor and the latest FCvelocity-HD85 Fuel Cell module from Ballard Power Systems (Canada). On board 29 seated passengers plus 46 standing passengers (Cologne) and 49 (Wuppertal). In addition, there is space for two wheelchair users and a pram. «Thanks to the hybrid power source», points out Van Hool, «the buses, with a tank capacity of 38.2kg of hydrogen on board, will be able to carry out a full day's schedule of 350 km». Van Hool has been building hydrogen buses for the American market since 2005 and for the European market since 2007. By now, the company has produced 53 hydrogen buses for North America (21) and Europe (32). The eight hydrogen-powered tram-buses in production for Pau (France) should be added to this total. They are to be delivered in the second half of 2019.
February 28, 2018 - Dotto Trains chooses Allison
Allison automatic transmission on the Muson River tourist train, the top model of the Dotto Trains range. Muson River features a five-speed Allison Series 2500 transmission combined with a Euro 6 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine. Unlike manual or automated gearboxes, Allison transmissions feature 'Continuous Power Technology' which allows the power of the engine to be transmitted to the wheels without interruption. «The choice of Allison automatics for Dotto was mainly driven by requests coming from foreign markets, where this type of transmission goes the most», explains Fausto Rebuffoni, Managing Director of Ofira Italiana, Allison's Italian distributor consulted in 2012 to collaborate to the new 'automatic' version of the Muson River 2x4 version. Dotto Trains is an Italian company based in Castelfranco Veneto and specialized in the construction of tourist trains starting from 1962. Over 2,500 the units sold to date all over the world.
Febr. 27, 2018 - Mobility on-demand: test by moovel in Karlsruhe
The moovel Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, and the transport company Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) will test an on-demand shuttle service during the IT-Trans exhibition in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 6 to 8 March. During the three days of exhibition, both visitors and citizens can book their trip through the app "KVV.mobil" and be transported to the chosen destination on board a minivan, without being bound a fixed timetable. The shuttle will be shared by several passengers at the same time. An algorithm will calculate the fastest route to one of the over 100 stops. During the testing phase, the new service will be free of charge. The new mobility service is based on the on-demand platform from moovel, which enables the operation of a demand-oriented, flexible fleet using intelligent journey management ("routing") and the grouping of journey requests ("pooling"), and will initially include ten Mercedes-Benz V-Class vehicles.“People's mobility behavior is changing rapidly due to digitalization. We have to respond to this trend. In Karlsruhe, many new mobility options for the future are being developed and tested, such as the test area for autonomous driving,” says Karlsruhe’s Lord Mayor, Dr. Frank Mentrup.
February 26, 2018 - Indcar school buses in Veneto, Italy
In February the Spanish manufacturer Indcar delivered to Turazza Trasporti three buses for the transport of students. The model chosen by the Italian operator is Mobi. It's built on Iveco chassis and fitted with 49 seats. The deal was carried out through Stefanelli Spa, Iveco Bus dealer for the Triveneto area and one of the main commercial partners of Indcar in Italy. Turazza Trasporti is a family-run company established in 2000. It's part of Consorzio Euro Bus Verona, of which it was a promoter, an association that manages 85% of the private transport in the area.
Febr. 23, 2018 - Solaris hybrid buses ordered in Szczecin, Poland
Solaris Bus & Coach has signed a contract in the Polish town of Szczecin for the supply of 16 Urbino buses with serial hybrid drive. The order includes 8 articulated vehicles and 8 12-metre ones. This is the second-largest Polish contract for Solaris hybrid buses this year. The electric engine is powered from a power storage facility. That device, in turn, is charged through a generator using a diesel engine with a capacity of merely 4.5 litres, for a 12-metre vehicle. A zero emission function is available in the new Solaris Urbino hybrid which renders the vehicle similar to an electric bus. Thanks to the installation of the Stop-and-Go system, the diesel engine turns off completely during stopovers at bus stops and the opening of doors, but it turns on again immediately after the supercapacitators run out of power. A GPS has been installed in the vehicle, too, including corresponding software that allows for the activation of the Arrive-and-Go function. This option allows to switch off the diesel engine as the bus is approaching a bus stop. Solaris Bus & Coach stated: "Various tests have shown that owing to this environmental-friendly feature the bus is able to save up to 20 percent of the fuel needed by similar vehicles with a conventional drive."

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