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Live from the transport sector.


The first four months of 2018 closed negatively.


City buses mark the increase.


Italy decrees the necessary law.


Also in the future of New York.


Lion’s Coach with ZF automatic transmission.


The new Sprinter for passenger transport.


The new Irizar e-Mobility plant has been launched.


The range of electric buses has been presented in Krakow.

February 22, 2018 - Otokar will supply 400 buses to Bucharest
The European branch of the Turkish producer, Otokar Europe SAS, has been awarded by Bucharest Municipality for delivery of 400 buses. The contract is worth 98.3 million euro in total. This is Turkey’s highest bus export in a single deal. Delivery of the first 100 buses is planned for this summer and the remaining 300 for next year. "With this contract we have also broken our own record for bus exports", said Serdar Görgüç, Otokar General Manager. "In addition to offering new generation inner city buses with lengths ranging from 10 metres to 18 metres to the people of Bucharest, we will also provide aftersales services for eight years to Bucharest Municipality.”
February 20, 2018 - Iveco Bus: ITxPT protocol for its range
Sharing the same language and the same network with obvious advantages in terms of services, performance, maintenance. This is the objective of ITxPT (Information Technology for Public Transport), an association founded by the UITP together with numerous industrial and transport partners, including Iveco Bus. Among the objectives, to cooperate in the implementation of standards for plug-and-play IT systems applied to public transport. In this regard, Iveco Bus informs in a press release that "it provides the electrical architecture and physical space necessary to apply ITxPT services to its range of urban, intercity and tourism vehicles". This new architecture standardizes the electrical and computer connections of vehicle on-board devices (auxiliary systems, passenger information systems, destination indicators, ticket management, transmission of routes, passenger counting, video surveillance, etc.), as well as back-office systems (server, software compatibility, etc.). Thanks to the new standard, the parties involved can benefit from a simplified set of ITxPT certified equipment that share the same language and network, for a simpler and faster installation and a better after-sales service. Transport operators will also benefit from improved performance in terms of integration and interoperability. The advantages are not limited only to on-board functions, as ITxPT protocols also concern the processing and transmission of data to the operator or customer.
February 16, 2018 - Double-deckers on MAN chassis in Australia
Since the end of last year, 38 double-decker buses on MAN A95 chassis have been operating in Sydney, Australia. They were bodied by the Malaysian body manufacturer Gemilang while the MAN A95 chassis were supplied by Penske Commercial Vehicles, MAN Truck & Bus’ sales partner in Australia and New Zealand. The low-floor bus chassis is powered by a 320 hp (235 kW) six-cylinder diesel engine in compliance with Euro 5. It's mated to the ZF Ecolife automatic transmission with integrated hydraulic retarder. Among the various safety features, the electronic brake system (EBS), electronic stability program (ESP) and rollover protection (ROP). “After various successful projects with the MAN A95 chassis in Singapore and Hong Kong, this marks a further expansion of our presence on the market and we are delighted to have now made it into the double-decker city bus segment in Australia as well”, said Christian Schuf, Head of Sales & Product Bus MAN Truck & Bus Asia Pacific. “In order to continue to meet the wide range of market requirements, the A95 chassis has also been available with the Euro 6c exhaust version since the beginning of the year”.
February 16, 2018 - Irizar 100% electric buses in Madrid
On February 7, Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT) based in Madrid presented its first 100% electric buses. They are 15 12-meter Irizar ie buses with a capacity of 76 passengers and a daily range declared by the manufacturer of over 200 km. The vehicles are fitted with the Eco Assist system which assists the driver in real time to optimize driving while reducing energy consumption and increasing autonomy. Irizar e-mobility also provided 15 chargers for overnight charging in the depots. The vehicles will provide service on the three lines in the center of Madrid. The Irizar ie bus is already in circulation for almost four years in a dozen European cities. The 18-meter electric version, the Irizar ie tram presented at the end of 2017, received the awards Bus of the year 2018 in Spain and Ecological industrial vehicle 2018 in Spain.
February 9, 2018 - Solaris signed another contract in Düsseldorf
Rheinbahn focuses again on the Solaris technology. The public transport provider based in Düsseldorf has awarded the Polish manufacturer for the supply of 74 articulated Urbino 18 buses. It's one of the biggest tender ever scored by Solaris for its 18-metre new generation Urbino buses. With a capacity of 100 passengers (41 people seated, the buses will be powered by a 240 kW DAF engine (Euro 6) mated to a Voith Diwa 6 transmission. They will be fitted with LED external lighting, Spheros air-conditioning, USB ports, Internet WiFi, ticket vending machines and a passenger counting system. In Germany the same model can be also seen in Dortmund, Leipzig, Hagen and Kassel. Over 3,000 Solaris buses and trolleybuses are in the streets of Germany.
February 8, 2018 - VDL Citea Electric buses in Luxembourg
Today the operator Voyages Emile Weber put into service the first 7 Citeas Electric in Luxembourg. These Citeas LLE-99 Electric are 9.9 meter in length and will cover a distance of some 1,400 km a day. They are charged during the day through an opportunity charging. The buses are slow-charged at night and supplied with energy again via a pantograph on the roof or a plug. As the system supplier, VDL is responsible for delivering both the electric buses and the charging stations, including installation, and for implementing the project.
February 8, 2018 - BYD ADL pure electric buses in London
Another fleet of BYD ADL pure electric buses took over operation of a fourth London bus route. It's the route 153 operated by Go-Ahead London on behalf of Transport for London (TfL). The new fleet consists of 11 of the 10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deckers, similar to others operated by Go-Ahead. Other routes and operators will receive fleets of BYD ADL electric buses in the coming months following tender wins by the partnership. BYD sold over 14,000 electric buses globally in 2017 and, in partnership with ADL, single deck market leader in the UK, its fleets in London, Liverpool and Nottingham have already accumulated well over a million miles of emissions free operation on UK roads.
February 6, 2018 - Solaris electric buses for the Italian market
On February 3, Solaris Bus & Coach handed over 12 electric buses to the ATB company based in Bergamo, Italy. These are the first vehicles of this type in Italy, manufactured by a Polish producer. In March this year, there will be another 10 Urbino electric buses that will be supplied to ATM Milan. The Urbino electric model for the Italian market is powered by axles with integrated 2 x 125 kW traction motors. Electricity is stored in a set of Solaris High Energy batteries with a total capacity of 240 kWh. The Italian market is an important one for Solaris Bus & Coach which has so far delivered nearly 850 vehicles. In 2017 alone, there were 225 Solaris buses delivered to Italy. The largest contract for the Polish manufacturer also comes from the Italian market: 360 InterUrbino buses ordered by COTRAL in Rome.
February 6, 2018 - BusStore Show for the first time in Warsaw
The fifth edition of BusStore Show, the annual fair organized by Daimler's BusStore brand, will take place on 9-10 March. For the first time in Warsaw, the show offers a extensive range of tour buses, public transit buses, minibuses, low and high floor and double-decker models, both new and used. More than 1,000 professionals coming from 21 countries attended the last edition. And for this year the organizers are expecting a large participation. The appointment is at the Ptak Expo in Warsaw (pavilions D and E), where the buses on display will also be available for a drive test. News and information can be provided by OMNIplus consultants on after-sales services as well as by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services experts on vehicle financing.
February 6, 2018 - Volvo articulated hybrid buses for Cracow
The Cracow's Municipal Transport Company (MPK) has placed an order for 12 articulated hybrid buses. The company has awarded Volvo Buses for this supply. The 12 Volvo 7900 articulated hybrid buses will be manufactured in Volvo Buses’ factory in Wroclaw, Poland, where hybrid buses are in serial production since 2010. They will be delivered in the second half of 2018. "In total, Volvo has sold more than 3,800 electrified buses to 22 countries", points out the Polish manufacturer, "the biggest markets are the UK, Colombia and Spain".
Febr. 1, 2018 - Solaris CNG buses ordered in the Czech Republic
At the beginning of January, Solaris Bus & Coach signed a contract with the transport company Dopravní Podnik based in Ostrava, Czech Republic, for 40 Urbino 12 CNG. The contract value is about 45 million PLN (the equivalent of 12 million euros). This is the second-biggest order ever of Solaris CNG buses in the Czech Republic. The vehicles will be fitted with composite CNG tanks with a total capacity of 1,575 liters. Passengers on board will be up to 80. Among the other features, LED lamps, air conditioning, Wifi, USB ports. The first 24 buses will be delivered by the end of 2018 while the remaining in the first quarter of 2019. "After the completion of the scheduled deliveries within the year", points out the Polish manufacturer, "the total number of Solaris vehicles on the Czech market will exceed 1,000 buses and trolleybuses".
January 31, 2018 - HTM has ordered VDL Citea Electric buses
The Hague public transport company HTM signed a contract with VDL Bus & Coach for five Citeas SLF-120 Electric, with a possible option for further 3 buses. This is the first step in the Hague carrier’s transition to completely zero emission bus transport. VDL will also provide the charging infrastructure, including the complete installation and project management. The buses will be fast charged during the day by means of opportunity charging through a pantograph on the roof. "This is now the 9th VDL project in the Netherlands in the transition to completely zero emission bus transport. Together, all the VDL electric buses that are in operation cover an average of 21,000 kilometres a day", pointed out VDL.