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Sept. 14, 2017 - Solaris electric buses in Europe
More than 3 million km covered in four years, almost 80 vehicles in regular service in Europe and new orders for more than 100 units. These are the figures of the Solaris electric buses. They can be seen in Austria, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland on various routes as for topography, occupancy rate and climate conditions. Solaris Bus & Coach made its first steps in e-mobility in 2001 with the Trollino trolleybus. In 2006 presented Urbino hybrid, the first hybrid bus to be serially manufactured in Europe. The first fully electric vehicle produced in the factory near Poznań was launched in 2011. Then followed the Urbino 8,9 LE electric model. In 2013, two years after its debut, serial sales of electric Solaris buses began. The first of them was sold to Klagenfurt in Austria. Solaris Bus & Coach points out: "Currently, clients can choose among several lengths ranging from 8.9 meters to 12, 18 and 18.75 meters and charging systems -plug-in, pantograph, inductive charging and hydrogen fuel cells as range extender. We also offer two types of batteries -Solaris High Power and Solaris High Energy-, as well as two drives: an electric axle with integrated engines or a central engine".
September 10, 2017 – Otokar Kent buses for Alessandria, Italy
From September 11, citizens of Alexandria, Italy, can enjoy a more comfortable urban public transport on board the new 12-meter buses. The ten Kent C are produced by Otokar and delivered in record time by Mauri Bus System, the exclusive distributor of the Turkish brand in Italy. The vehicles were purchased with own funds by AMAG Mobility, the company that took the place of the bankrupted ATM Alessandria last April. These buses have a transport capacity of 26 seated passengers plus 82 standing, a wheelchair platform in the front center door area and a manual ramp. The engine is the Cummins Euro 6 (278 hp) coupled to the Voith Diwa.4 automatic transmission. The buses are fitted with an air conditioning system, path indicators and an 8-cam video surveillance system. With this order Mauri Bus System has reached the target of the 300 Otokar buses delivered to Italy, a result that demonstrates the market positioning and the appreciation of national operators. For Amag Mobility (85% owned by Line Spa, Zoncada Group) the new Otokar buses represent an important step towards the upgrading of the service (2.3 million euros the investment) that follows the interventions already made before the summer, starting from the reconditioning of the bus fleet, and the start of the operational recovery of the company.
September 10, 2017 - Volvo Electric Hybrids for Göttingen
The German city of Göttingen, Lower Saxony has ordered three Volvo Electric Hybrid buses. The vehicles have been purchased by tra transport company Göttinger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH (GÖVB) and will enter service in spring 2018 on routes 41 and 42. The electric hybrid buses are fitted with an electric motor developing 150 kW, a powerful lithium-ion-iron-phosphate battery and a diesel engine with 177 kW/240 hp. The batteries are fast-charged at one or both ends of the bus route through a pantograph and charging takes 3-4 minutes. In addition, the batteries are trickle-charged every night in the GÖVB bus depot. The charging station will be supplied by ABB. The charging equipment is based on the OppCharge open interface. The order also includes Volvo’s system for battery monitoring.
September 8, 2017 – The growing first semester of ZF
Turnover and profit margins still rising for the German manufacturer based in Friedrichshafen. In the first six months of the year ZF reached 18.3 billion euro of revenues (+ 2.7% compared to the first half of 2016) and an adjusted EBIT of 6.6% (6.3% in 2016 ) at 1.2 billion euro (1.1 billion in 2016). Revenues before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to 2 billion euro (1.9 billion in 2016), corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 10.8% (10.7% in 2016). At the same time, the company managed to reduce the debts resulting from the acquisition of TRW by approximately 684 million euro. "Even though we have invested more in R & D and in the fields of electric mobility and autonomous driving, we have been able to further increase our margin," said ZF's chief financial officer, Konstantin Sauer. "This result has been achieved through the optimization of operational processes and the creation of synergies in the acquisition of TRW." As far as the forecast for the whole 2017, ZF expects a stable development of assets. Sauer pointed out: "We expect the adjusted EBIT margin to remain above 6% and the adjusted EBITDA margin to be more than 10%. In view of the current perspective, the 2017 sales will exceed 36 billion euro".
Sept. 8, 2017 - The Temsa brand for three European soccer teams
The European football teams Ternana (Italy), Partizan (Serbia) and Botev Plovdiv (Bulgaria), chose the Temsa brand for their team bus. Italian Ternana, who plays in the B series of the Italian Football Championship, bought the Maraton delivered by the importer Troiani Srl. And so did Partizan, the team that won the Serbian Super Liga in the 2016/2017 season. Botev Plovdiv, one of the most successful football teams in Bulgaria, opted for the Temsa HD12 model. The Temsa Maraton is also strong among the football clubs in Turkey, where Temsa is based. Among the teams that adopted it, there are Galatasaray, Besiktas and Başakşehir of the Turkish Super League. And then, again, Adanademirspor, Adanaspor and Kocaelispor.
September 6, 2017 - Masats strengthens its presence in Asia
The doors manufacturer Masats has signed a contract with SMRT Automotive Services, a repair company that belongs to the leading provider of multimodal transport in Singapore, SMRT Corporation. Following this agreement, SMRT Automotive Services will become Masats’ Authorized Service Provider in Singapore. The Iberian company will offer regular training to SMRT employees, who will perform maintenance and repairs on their equipment for both their own and others’ vehicles. In 2001, Masats began to supply equipment for the local marke. More than 800 vehicles in circulation in Singapore have Masats doors, mainly doors that open inward and electric sliding doors. With this agreement, the Iberian manufacturer reinforces its services in the Asian market and secures its relationship with local operators.
September 6, 2017 - MAN/Castrosua buses in the fleet of Vitrasa
The Iberian transport company Vitrasa (Avanza Group) presented last August 24 new buses for the renewal of its fleet consisting of 124 vehicles. The vehicles are all built on MAN chassis with the New City bodywork produced in Spain by Castrosua. The supply consists of 20 units in a length of 12 meters and 4 18-meters articulated buses. The first are fitted with 26 seats, two wheelchairs platforms and a room for 80 standing passengers while the articulated ones have 42 seats, two wheelchair platforms and 108 standing persons. The main innovation of the articulated buses is the translucent bellows at the top so as to enhance the brightness in the rear part of the vehicle. The on-board equipment includes air conditioning, anti-fog, free internet access, several USB sockets and half a dozen video surveillance cameras.
Sept. 5, 2017 - Daimler's support for Hurricane Harvey's victims
US-based Daimler companies Mercedes-Benz US International, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Daimler Trucks North America donated $ 1 million to support people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The donation will go to the American Red Cross and will be used for immediate intervention, emergency assistance and other services needed for the victims of one of the biggest storms in US history. It is estimated that around 30,000 people will need temporary shelter and financial assistance. The American Red Cross operates in Houston, Texas and other cities and states hit by hurricane that last August dropped on vast areas in the southeast of Texas and Louisiana. Those who want to contribute to the American Red Cross can do so via the www.redcross.org website
Sept. 5, 2017 - First Van Hool BRT hydrogen tram-buses in France
Van Hool will supply the first full BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system with 18-metre-long articulated tram-buses powered by hydrogen in Pau, France. The order includes 8 Exqui.City buses with an electric hybrid power source. Hydrogen and oxygen are converted to electricity in the fuel cell using electrolysis in "real time" while the lithium batteries and electric motors provide additional power wherever and whenever it's needed. The energy that is released when the vehicle's brakes are applied is also re-used. The vehicle's only emission is water vapour. The brand new vehicle is an 18.62 metre-long articulated tram-bus with a 125 passenger capacity and a range of around 300 km. The 8 Exqui.Cities will be delivered to the SMTU-PPP (Syndicat Mixte de Transports urbains – Pau Portes des Pyrénées) and the STAP (Société de Transport de l’Agglomération Paloise) in the second half of 2019. The hydrogen buses will be supplied within the framework of the 3Emotion project, which is financially supported by the EU. For Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool, said: "Van Hool is looking forward to applying its extensive experience in the field of hydrogen-powered vehicles to the new tram-bus system in Pau. This is a challenge we are extremely happy to take on in Koningshookt. We have the necessary experience and confidence to make this project a success. Firstly, Van Hool has already commercialised over 50 hydrogen-powered vehicles (32 in Europe and 21 in North America) and secondly, we have introduced around 200 tram-buses to 13 European countries and Martinique."
September 1, 2017 - Scania: record delivery in Norway
The Swedish bus manufacturer is to deliver 140 vehicles in Kristiansand, south-west Oslo. Seventy of these buses are hybrids, making it Scania’s largest single delivery of hybrid vehicles to date. The order is also the biggest bus order yet for Scania’s subsidiary in Norway Norsk Scania. All of the buses can run on biodiesel. The delivery includes Scania Citywide LE Suburban Hybrid, Scania Citywide LE Suburban and Scania Higer A30 buses. The buses will go into service in July 2018 and will be operated by transport company Boreal Buss, on behalf of the public transport operator Agder Kollektivtrafikk. Boreal Buss already operates 170 Scania buses in Norway. The deal also includes a seven-year contract for Scania’s repair and maintenance programme Fleet Care.
August 29, 2017 - VDL Citeas Electric for Arriva Netherlands
At the beginning of July, Arriva Netherlands took delivery of two VDL Citea LLE-99 Electric buses. The new 9.9-metre-long vehicles are in regular service in the city of Gorinchem, a historical fortress in the west of the Netherlands. The electric buses are fitted with a 180-kWh battery pack which provides sufficient flexibility within the selected operation. The manufacturer states a range of 125-150 km. The supply of the two VDL Citeas LLE-99 Electric follows a previous order of 12 units deployed in Venlo, a city in the southeastern Netherlands near the German border. Arriva Netherlands is part of the Arriva Group, owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading passenger transport company, operating in 14 European countries. In the Netherlands, Arriva employs over 6,000 people.
Aug. 29, 2017 - Voyages Leroy and the Neoplan Skyliner coach
Many are the fans of the 50-years-old Neoplan Skyliner double-decker coach. Among them, the Belgian tour operator Voyages Leroy. The company bought in 1973 a Neoplan Skyliner, the first double-decker in Belgium. Since then, Voyages Leroy bought every subsequent model. In 1985, the coach company bought the second Neoplan Skyliner, which grew further in safety and comfort. There were toilets and a video system on board for the first time. By 1988, there were four double-deckers at the depot, followed by six more Neoplan Skyliners, a Megaliner, and most recently two Starliners in 2011. The first double-decker from 1973 was retired after 17 years with some three million kilometres on the clock and it was naturally replaced by another Neoplan Skyliner. Emanuelle Delmuelle, the daughter of the owner of Voyages Leroy, said: “New markets opened up for us with the Skyliner. Our image benefited from the comfortable coach and we gained much stronger visibility” .

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