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Live from the transport sector.


The number of registered buses doesn't increase.


Operators from all around Italy at the “City of the Bus 3.0”.


In partnership with Skoda the new trolleybuses.


A study confirms its great potential.


On display at Busworld Kortrijk.


All new buses on display at Busworld Kortrijk.


Road test for the 15-meter S 519 HD.

Aug. 28, 2017 - Solaris branded the first electrics in Romania
Solaris Bus & Coach has signed another contract for the supply of electric buses. The vehicles will join the fleet of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It's the first order in Romania concerning electric buses. The frame agreement includes the delivery of up to 30 emission-free vehicles in the next three years. In the meantime, a separate contract will be signed each time for delivery in a given year. The first order consisting of 10 buses will be completed within the next nine months. The project is partially founded by the Romanian-Swiss Cooperation Program. The CTP Transport Company, which already has 40 articulated Solaris buses in its fleet, will run the newly delivered vehicles. First deliveries are scheduled in spring 2018. The 12-meter Urbino electric buses will be powered by a electric drive delivered by the Polish producer Medcom. The vehicles for the Romanian operator will be equipped with a 160 kW central motor and a 200 kWh traction batteries. The charging infrastructure will include 11 plug-in and 2 pantograph for fast charging. The buses for Cluj-Napoca will be fully air-conditioned, with external and internal monitoring system. They will also enable the passengers to use the free WiFi Internet connection.
August 27, 2017 - BYD electric buses in Haifa, Israel
BYD has secured its first major pure electric bus order in Israel. A fleet of 17 single deck 12-metre buses will service the northern port city of Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. The buses will be operated by Egged, Israel’s largest bus operator with almost 3.000 buses. The new fleet is expected to cover 200 km per bus per day. Ze’ev Elkin, Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection, said: “It’s the beginning of a revolution in the Haifa area which aims to reduce pollution coming from public transportation through the planned investment of 400 million Shekels (€93.6 million)”.
August 27, 2017 - Irizar electric buses for Madrid and Barcelona
Last July, Irizar was awarded the contract for Madrid's first 15 100% electric buses and Barcelona's first four 100% electric articulated buses. The contract signed in Madrid with the municipal transport company EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transportes) includes 15 12-metre 100% electric buses and 15 chargers for night charging in depots. The onboard energy in the buses is 376 KWh and the power of the station is 100 Kw. Deliveries are scheduled in December 2017 and the buses will operate on several lines in the city of Madrid. The contract signed with Barcelona Metropolitan Transport (Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona - TMB), includes four 18.73-metre 100% Irizar electric articulated buses. With this purchase, the Barcelona-based company is tackling the first phase of transforming the H16 line to a 100% electric, zero emissions route. These buses, Irizar's first 18-metre articulated buses in Spain, will enter into service in June 2018 and will join the two 12-metre buses which have been operating in the city since 18 August 2014 and which are part of the European Commission's ZeEus project. These buses are being manufactured at the new premises of Irizar e-mobility (an Irizar Group company) located in the town of Aduna, Gipuzkoa.
Aug. 26, 2017 - 90 ADL Enviro double-deck buses for Mexico City
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has visited Britain’s leading bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) to announce export finance support for British businesses and to celebrate a major order which sees ADL deliver 90 low-emission double-deck buses to Mexico City. This contract is supported by the Department for International Trade, whose UK Export Finance agency made a £44m finance deal available to ADL as part of a wider £1.7bn programme of support for UK companies in international markets. The order from Metrobús, first announced in October 2015, includes 90 comfortable high-capacity Enviro500 double-deck buses fitted with low-emission engines meeting the most stringent emission standards.
August 26, 2017 - Solaris electric buses for Boreal Norge
One of the leading Norwegian public transport operators has chosen the Solaris technology for the introduction of electric buses in its fleet. The five vehicles ordered by Boreal Norge AS are the 12-meters Urbino 12 electric buses with a ZF AVE 130 electrically driven portal axle, integrated electric motors and Medcom drive system. They will be fitted with 146kWh Solaris High Power batteries and charged via plug-in system. Additionally, the vehicles will also be equipped with the roof-mounted pantograph, which will allow the fast charging to take place while the bus is on route. According to the recently signed contract the new buses will start operation in Summer 2018. Based in Stavanger, Boreal Norge operates buses, trams, fast-ferries and ferries. The group has 2,000 employees throughout the country.
August 25, 2017 - Mercedes Sprinter Travel 65 "10 Year Edition"
Mercedes-Benz has launched a 10 year Edition of the Sprinter Travel 65 minibus to celebrate the birthday of this popular model presented for the first time at the 2017 Kortijk Busworld exhibition. The jubilee version is limited to 50 vehicles with an exclusive design. All versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Travel 65 10 Year Edition are fitted with extra wide Travel Star Xtra passenger seats with softline upholstery and folding tables, fridge, tour guide seat, multifunction steering wheel in leather, radio audio 15 and Becker Map Pilot navigation system, reversing camera, start-up assistant, main beam assistant and Collision Prevention Assistant, two years warranty plus one year extension for material defects. Mercedes-Benz points out: "The Sprinter Travel 65 is 100 per cent a Mercedes-Benz, since, as distinct from other providers of Sprinter minibuses, not only the base vehicle, but also the body and installations are original Mercedes-Benz. This means that Mercedes-Benz is always the right contact point – for advice and marketing information, but also for servicing, warranty, leasing or finance and the largest and closest-knit after-sales service network for buses in Europe."
August 24, 2017 - VDL MidCity Electric: on the market in 2018
With the introduction of the MidCity Electric model, VDL Bus & Coach is expanding its zero-emission range. This fully electric minibus is 8 m long and has a lowered floor for an easy access. In addition, the wheel base extension allows great flexibility in the type and number of seats. The vehicle features a 87 kWh battery and the manufacturer declares a range of up to 220 km. The new electric model will be introduced during 2018. The VDL Citea electric buses in daily operation are now 92 and have just covered more than 3 million km. "To produce customer solutions in partnership with the transport operator during the transition from diesel to electric", stated VDL Bus & Coach in a press release, "VDL is increasingly taking on the role of transition partner, meaning VDL not only delivers the buses but takes responsibility for the entire system, including installation of the charging stations."
August 5, 2017 - Solaris Urbino electric buses for STIB Brussels
Brussels starts to focus on electric mobility. According to Belgian Transport Minister Pascal Smet, the goal of the city is to get to a 100% electric fleet before 2030. And so the first purchases just started. The local public transport company STIB has recently signed a framework agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach for the delivery of seven buses with the possibility of extending the order. They are Urbino 8.9 LE powered by a 160 kW central traction motor and electric drive of the Polish producer Medcom with 160 kWh batteries and plug-in charger. The vehicles will be fitted with PU leather seats, wood grain floor, extendable ramp for wheelchairs, full monitoring system and anti-aggressive driver’s cabin. The seven new Solaris Urbino electric buses will start regular service on the new lane Citybus at the beginning of 2018.
August 1, 2017 - A Neoplan Skyliner for the FC Porto soccer team
With a big show in front of thousands of fans, FC Porto welcomed the new coach of the team. It's a double decker of the renowned Neoplan Skyliner range. The vehicle was converted by the MAN Bus Center (BMC) into a luxury bus with individual seats for the FC Porto players and the technical team. Downstairs, a state-of-the-art kitchen with galley, ceramic hob, fridge and tables vis-a-vis. On the top floor, single top range seats offer ample space for up to 20 players. Other features include charging ports for each seat, refrigerators on both floors, integrated hi-fi system and multimedia system with various monitors. The vehicle features the latest driving assistance systems such as Emergency brake assistance (EBA), Adaptive cruise control (ACC), LGS system and MAN ComfortDriveSuspension (CDS) electronic shock absorbers. The 12.5-liter 500-hp Common-Rail 6-cylinder diesel engine is matched to an automatic gearbox with topographic cruise control. The new FC Porto's coach will be in operation since the start of the 2017/2018 football season.
July 31, 2017 - Kiepe Electric on bus fleet electrification
As part of the regular ‘DNHK on site’ event series, Kiepe Electric opened its doors to 60 representatives of the political and business spheres and from the mass transit sector for a discussion of bus fleet electrification options. “With In Motion Charging (IMC) from Kiepe Electric, electric buses can cover up to 25 km in battery mode", explained Rainer Besold, Managing Director of Kiepe Electric GmbH. "The batteries are recharged on the 20% or so of the route that runs under overhead lines – the sections we call charging roads – and for the rest of the time an IMC bus operates just like a battery-powered bus. Today 600 of these IMC buses with reliable electrical equipment from Kiepe Electric are already in operation around the world.” The cities of Esslingen, Solingen and Arnheim reported on their experience with operation of IMC buses. In Esslingen, electric buses with IMC have been in successful operation since 2015. “The IMC buses are as reliable as diesel-engined buses. Each bus covers around 65,000 km a year, with 43,000 km of that distance in battery mode", said the Head of Operations Harald Boog. With their trolley buses, Arnheim and Solingen have been running environmentally compatible bus services for decades. In the future, the overhead lines in Solingen and Arnheim will be able to provide power for a wide variety of electric vehicles. Regenerative energy resources such as solar power and wind energy will be fed into the overhead lines. Stationary batteries connected to the overhead lines will provide interim storage capacity. This innovative concept means that bus routes can be extended without constructing new overhead lines, or that part of the existing diesel- and gas-powered fleet can be immediately replaced with IMC battery buses.
July 29, 2017 - New MB bus for Argentina with Allison transmission
Mercedes-Benz and its official Argentinian dealer Colcar have developed a new city bus equipped with an Allison transmission. The Omnibus OF1621 Euro V is powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM 924 LA front engine with 218 hp (160 kW) and 800 Nm of torque. It features an Allison fully automatic T270R transmission with retarder. "The inclusion of the transmission’s hydraulic retarder", Allison states in a press release, "will help bus fleets reduce downtime by increasing brake life by up to four times".
July 29, 2017 - Scania/Castrosua buses for Autos Mediterráneo
The Autos Mediterráneo transport company based in Castelló de la Plana, Spain, has recently introduced four new buses on Scania chassis with Magnus E body by Castrosua. The vehicles are 13 meters long and are powered by a 250-hp Euro 6 engine with a maximum torque of 1,250 Nm. As for safety, the buses feature the Advanced Emergency Brake (AEB) which warns the driver in case of collision risk and activates the emergency brake in case of imminent danger. In addition, the vehicles are fitted with the Lane Change Warning system (LDW).