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May 10, 2018 - VDL: the largest order for ebuses in Scandinavia
On May 8, Unibuss AS has placed an order for 40 VDL Citea electric buses. This includes 30 Citeas SLFA-180 Electric with 169 kWh battery pack and 10 Citeas SLF-120 Electric with 127 kWh battery pack. The vehicles will serve the Greater Oslo Region. The first units will be delivered by the end of 2018 and they will be put into service in spring 2019. This is the largest order for VDL electric buses in Scandinavia to date. Oslo's ambition is for all of the city's public transport to be emission-free in ten years’ time. The Norwegian town is also being chosen as European Green Capital of 2019.
May 8, 2018 - Mercedes Citaro: the largest single order of all time
The German transport operator Berliner Verkehrs-betriebe (BVG) is to take delivery of up to 950 units of the best seller Mercedes-Benz city bus. The framework agreement between Daimler Buses and BVG breaks down into 600 articulated buses and a maximum of 350 solo buses. BVG will call off the city buses successively in the coming years. All Citaros are equipped with highly efficient and low-emission engines in accordance with the latest European emissions directive. With total sales in excess of 50,000 vehicles, the Citaro is the world's best-selling city bus. In Europe it is in service in virtually all countries and major cities. Initially launched in 1997, the second generation was introduced in 2011. The range comprises solo and articulated buses, city and rural service vehicles and the low-entry Citaro LE. The four-axle large-capacity CapaCity bus is also based on the Citaro. In 2012 it became the first city bus to comply with the Euro VI emissions level. The latest developments are the Citaro hybrid bus and the fully electric Citaro. The latter will go into series production in the course of this year.
May 4, 2018 - Gothenburg: self-driving buses on the road
Premiere of buses with autonomous drive in Gothenburg, Sweden. The inaugural journey took place at the campus of Chalmers University of Technology, Johanneberg Science Park. Here an autonomous shuttle bus moves people between the main entrance of the university and the Chalmers library. The bus-project in Gothenburg is a part of the Government’s innovation partnership program, “The next generation’s travel and transport”. This is the second project of its kind in Scandinavia and is the result of a partnership between fifteen organizations and companies related to mobility, urban planning and transport. After the four-week trial in the Chalmers area, the project moves in the autumn to Lindholmen Science Park, the growing innovation cluster in Gothenburg, where a large part of Sweden's vehicle technology development is taking place. There, the project continues for a six-month period.
May 3, 2018 - First major order for the MB Citaro Electric bus
Hamburger Hochbahn AG has placed an order for 20 fully electric Mercedes Citaro buses. The first two units will be handed over before the end of this year. Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses: "The first major order for our fully electrically powered, emission-free Citaro has been received even before the official premiere, demonstrating the confidence transport operators have in our concept for electromobility in urban public transport. With the Citaro, we are bringing a major component on the way to locally emission-free bus traffic to market." The new, fully electrically powered Citaro will enter series production before the end of this year.
April 30, 2018 - VDL Futura double deckers for Cialone Tour
The Italian bus operator took delivery of seven VDL coaches from the Futura FDD2-141/510 range. Cialone Tour will deploy these double-deckers on behalf of Flixbus. They will drive on various national and international intercity lines from Italy to France, Germany and Switzerland and viceversa. The vehicles have a 74+1+1 sitting layout and a wheelchair area. They are fitted with VDL Class 500 seats with luxurious upholstery, armrest between the double seats and leather armrests on the rear seat. They also offer USB connections and 220 volt sockets.
April 27, 2018 - NEOPLAN coaches for Schröder Reisen
The bus operator based in Langenau, Germany, took delivery of 14 premium coaches. All Neoplan branded. The supply includes eight Tourliners and six Skyliners. This means that since April 2013, MAN Truck & Bus has delivered a total of 75 coaches to Schröder Reisen, 33 of which are from the NEOPLAN range. The NEOPLAN Skyliner double-deckers can hold a maximum of 77 passengers. The are fitted with a folding ramp at door 2, toilet with large fresh water and waste water tanks, 230 volt socket under each double seat and USB ports in the seat backrests. They are also fitted with a trailer coupling and a ski rack bracket. The three-axle NEOPLAN Tourliner coaches measure 13.9 m in length and can hold a total of 52 passengers. They feature bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime driving lights and LED fog lights in addition to various assistance systems and a door-mounted camera for safety purposes. The coaches are also equipped with the MMC (Multi Media Coach) Advanced infotainment system with navigation, as well as a Bluetooth hands-free system.
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.

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