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April 27, 2018 - Hato Bus chooses Clarion
The Japanese tour operator has adopted Clarion's SurroundEye safe driving assistance system on its famous Astromega double-decker tourist bus. This video system uses multiple cameras to display information about the area surrounding the vehicle with a panoramic view. The internal monitor reproduces images taken from the four cameras mounted on the coach body as a single high-precision composite image using Clarion's proprietary image processing technology. Customizable according to vehicle type, the SurroundEye system is adopted and installed in various types of vehicles, including cars, trucks and buses.
April 24, 2018 - Connexxion put on service 100 VDL electric buses
The largest electric bus fleet in Europe has been operating since April 1st. It consists of 100 articulated VDL Citeas Electric SLFA that the Dutch operator Connexxion deploys for the passenger service at and around the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam and on the public transport lines of the Amstelland-Meerlanden concession, in the province of North Holland. "Operational availability of the electric buses has been maximized through an optimized rapid charging concept", explained VDL Bus & Coach. "The batteries have an energy capacity of 169 kWh and can be charged with up to 420 kW power. This means that a fully discharged battery is recharged and ready for the next trip in 20 minutes or less. Charging downtime is therefore kept to a minimum." Each night the buses are slowly charged and pre-heated so they start operation the next morning with a full battery and comfortably warm interior. Charging is done via a pantograph on the roof of the buses. 2 Heliox mobile chargers (25 kW) are also used. There are two versions of the VDL Citea SLFA Electric supplied to Connexxion: the R-Net buses have a 3-door configuration in the standard Citea exterior and seat up to 50 while those for Schipholnet have been built in the futuristic BRT design with four doors , comfortable deluxe seats, Wi-Fi and USB connection.
April 23, 2018 - Solaris Urbino buses in the fleet of SÜC Coburg
At the beginning of April, the Bavarian bus operator SÜC Coburg took delivery of two Solaris Urbino 12 buses. The vehicles have a 2-2-0 door layout and are fitted with 26 seats (plus 4 folding seats) with an anti-graffiti coating, air-conditioning, internal and external LED lighting systems, passenger information system, CCTV system and a fire-fighting system. The 224 KW drive unit boasts also a cold start function, facilitating ignition at low temperatures. The engine is aligned with automatic gear boxe with a kick down function that helps traversing mountainous Bavarian roads. Solaris Bus & Coach has been operating on the German market since 2000. Since then the Polish manufacturer supplied over 3,000 buses and trolleybuses in total to that country.
April 23, 2018 - The second Spanish order for BYD
The Chinese manufacturer singed a contract with the Catalan operator Tusgsal for the supply of eight BYD pure electric 12 metre buses. It's the second Spanish order for BYD after the tender awarded in 2017 for the delivery of one 12 metre ebus to bus operator EMT in Valencia. The eight ebuses are expected to be delivered in the beginning of 2019 and soon after delivery they will service routes in the city of Badalona. Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe said: “Just a month after we confirmed the order of eight ebuses to Portugal, a new market for BYD, we are delighted to have confirmed this Spanish order. Thanks to TUSGSAL, citizens in Badalona will benefit from improved air quality with the help of our buses. This development underlines BYD’s growing market expansion across Europe - in this case in the competitive Iberian peninsula”.
April 20, 2018 - New buses for Boreal Buss. All Scania branded
Narvik, Norway. Here, approximately 210 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the local operator Boreal Buss took delivery of 26 new buses. All Scania branded. The supply includes 16 Scania A30 bues, four Scania Citywides LE in the Suburban version, three Scania Citywides LE, two Scania Interlinks HD and one Scania Interlink LD. All the buses offer free wi-fi. Boreal operates bus, tram and ferry lines throughout Norway, with a bus fleet of nearly 1,000 vehicles.
April 13, 2018 - Van Hool bus factory in the US
The Belgian manufacturer will build a bus factory in Morristown, Tennessee, U.S. Van Hool announced that , once the facility is operational in the first quarter of 2020, they will employ 600 people and manufacture around 400 buses and commuter coaches annually for the North American public transport market. The ground breaking ceremony for the new site will take place at the end of this summer. Filip Van Hool, CEO at Van Hool, explained the choice for Morristown, Tennessee: "We are excited to announce the next step of the Van Hool group's global growth plans here in Morristown, Hamblen County, Tennessee. The investment of more than $47 million confirms the more than 30-year presence of Van Hool on the American market. Today we are looking forward to building a state-of-the-art bus factory in Morristown to provide the entire North American market with high-quality buses and commuter coaches for transportation agencies from 2020 onwards". Van Hool has delivered over 11,000 vehicles in North America since 1987.
April 13, 2018 - BYD presents a new energy storage solution
At the annual European partner event (Stuttgart, April 10), BYD presented the latest generation of lithium energy storage systems named Battery Box LV. It is a 48-volt lithium storage system with battery capacities ranging from 3.5 to 14 kWh in one system with one to four modules. The capacity can be scaled up to 42kWh with three systems connected in parallel. It is ideally suited for residential use and medium-size commercial applications. The system provides a high discharge power and higher usable energy ration than comparable systems in the market. It also employs BYD’s patented innovative connection system which allows for an extremely easy plug- and-play installation without the need to connect cables. "2017 has been a very successful business year for the company", stated BYD in a press release. "From opening the first overseas branch in the Netherlands in 1998, BYD has expanded its global presence to 27 branches and more than 30 manufacturing sites and today is the world’s largest supplier of rechargeable lithium iron phosphate batteries."
April 11, 2018 - Aptis roadshow in the Netherlands
After being tested in France, Belgium and Germany, on April 9 Aptis started a three-week road show in the Netherlands. Aptis is the 100% electric mobility solution developed by Alstom and its subsidiary NTL. The vehicle will be tested together with the transport company QBuzz in Utrecht, Groningen and Assen and with the Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram (RET) in Rotterdam. Awarded last year at Busworld Europe with the Innovation Prize, Aptis is characterized by its large double doors and extensive windows (20% more than a classic bus) and the lounge area at the rear. The two steering axles minimize the turning radius and the footprint on the road (-25% compared to a conventional bus). Aptis can be recharged overnight or during the day at the end of the line with a charging solution provided by Alstom. Rapid charging is carried out either via an inverted pantograph or via SRS, Alstom's innovative ground-based static charging system.
April 10, 2018 - Blue Bird electric school buses
The US bus manufacturer Blue Bird has received all required certifications for its electric school buses which are now in pre-production. The company also opened the order books and their EVs qualify for grants available in California and New York respectively. The Blue Bus powertrain was developed together with Adomani, Inc. and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI). The electric school buses feature the EDI PowerDrive 7000 EV drivetrain system with up to 160 kWh lithium-ion battery packs. The buses are expected to deliver up to 120 mile range (193 km).
April 9, 2018 - Let's disco on a MAN Lion's City
A bus as an exclusive disco lounge. Developed by the MAN Bus Modification Centre, the special vehicle is a MAN Lion's City GL. It has been ordered by the Sales-Lentz Group based in Luxembourg. Party guests can dance away to the DJ’s jams on the spacious dance floor in the middle section of the bus. The lighting designers and developers kept their focus on the exclusive concept with LED pixel strip technology and surrounding LED lights in the lounge. The bus ceiling reflects the party lights. The hi-fi system with 5 x 700 watt loudspeaker power has been specially developed for the bus and has been adapted to the vehicle conditions by an acoustician. The rear of the vehicle houses two 5 kW charging inverters that provide the energy for the light and sound system, a wireless router, two lithium-ion batteries and a battery management system. The vehicle houses the DJ console, which controls the high-end sound system with built-in speakers, subwoofers and removable outdoor speakers. The disco bus is also equipped with a stylish bar and a social media monitor with fisheye camera. Guests can not only take pictures but also instantly share them on social networks such as Instagram and Facebook. Overall, the 18.75-metre-long articulated bus can accommodate around 45 passengers.
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.

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