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In September in Milan to discuss the future.

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Greenpeace analyses sustainability in Italy.

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Customised equipment for the TGE van.

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In 2019 also the hydrogen bus will be available.

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Lion’s Coach with ZF automatic transmission.Two new models in XL size.

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The latest innovations arrive in Italy.

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New transmissions for the Futura range.

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The watchword is ‘Green’ at the Parisian exhibition.

April 6, 2018 - Solaris will supply 30 trolleybuses to Gdynia
The Polish manufacturer has signed a contract with the city hall of Gdynia, Poland, for the delivery of 30 trolleybuses. The order consists of 16 articulated Trollino 18 vehicles in addition to 14 Trollinos 12. The trolleybuses will be fitted with additional batteries which enable driving off the traction line. The Solaris Trollinos 12 vehicles will have batteries with a capacity of 58 kWh, while the 16 articulated units will be equipped with 87 kWh batteries. This means that both types will be able to cover a distance of dozens of kilometres in zero-emission mode without the use of a pantograph. In addition to trolleybuses, Solaris will also provide batteries that will allow the modernization of 21 other vehicles. Replacement of nickel-cadmium batteries with lithium-ion ones, together with appropriate power electronics, is a huge technological leap, which will allow for a zero-emission ride circa 15-20 kilometers without connection to traction. Modernization of trolleybuses begins this spring, while the supply of the trolleybuses to Gdynia will begin in September this year and shall be completed by spring 2019.
April 5, 2018 - Setra S 515 HD coaches for AM Turist
Zaprešić, Croatia. The local tour operator AM Turist has chosen again the brand Setra for the renewal of its fleet. The last supply concerns seven vehicles from the ComfortClass 500 series. These S 515 HD coaches are fitted with 48 seats. AM Turist provides tour organisers with 20 coaches of the Ulm-based brand for multi-day tours across Europe. Since the market launch of the Setra ComfortClass six years ago, the Croatian company has ordered a total of 28 vehicles of this model series. "The quality of the coaches, the safety systems and the well-developed service network are unique in Europe", said Anto Jurić, the senior partner of the family business founded in 1987, which pursues a strategy of ongoing investment and the further expansion of its all-Setra fleet.
April 4, 2018 - The 8th edition of Busworld India 2018
The B2B bus and coach exhibition is scheduled in Bangalore on August 29-31, 2018. This 8th edition will be powered by the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU), the official national body of public transport operators in India. This collaboration means that ASRTU will hold its yearly member conference during Busworld India on the exhibition premises. ASRTU and Busworld will collaborate closely in putting together an interesting programme that addresses the specific local issues of the bus market in India combined with best cases and interesting takeaways from other parts of the world that can contribute to inspire and uplift the Indian bus situation. Anand Rao, Executive Director of ASRTU explained: “The Public Transport in India is dominated by buses through State Road Transport Corporations. As many as 150,000 buses are operated by the seventy public sector State Transport Undertakings (STUs) and Transport Corporations. These buses operate around 12.1 billion kilometres annually and carry more than 70 million passenger trips per day. This is nearly three times the passengers carried by Indian railways.”
April 4, 2018 - 58 Van Hool trambuses for Trondheim, Norway
The Belgian bus manufacturer has signed a contract with the local operators Nettbuss and Tide based in Trondheim, Norway, for the supply of 58 bi-articulated Exqui.City trambuses. The vehicles are 24-meter long in the hybrid (HVO diesel-electric) version. These buses will be utilised by the two local operators who run the buses on behalf of AtB, the public transport company in Trondheim: Nettbuss (44 units) and Tide (14 units). The first 2 units will be delivered in December 2018 (1 vehicle for each operator). All the remaining trambuses will be delivered between March and June 2019. This is the largest order that Van Hool has ever secured for its trambus, which has been available in the market since 2011. More than 250 units have been ordered in 11 countries to date.
March 28, 2018 - MAN and VHH will test the second life of batteries
The two companies have signed a 'memorandum of understanding' on reuse of batteries from electric buses to store energy at the depot for charging stations. The two partners want to jointly test the second life of batteries in a stationary storage facility. The prototype of the stationary storage facility is to start operating in Hamburg-Bergedorf during the course of the year. This involves working with used batteries obtained from vehicle testing, with cells of the type that will also be used in MAN's eBuses. The project is part of the mobility partnership between Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Volkswagen Group. "This second life storage", said MAN Truck & Bus in a press release, "is designed to prevent power consumption peaks during bus charging (peak shaving) by filling up on charge during quieter periods, which the buses can then use at peak times. This saves costs and stabilises utilisation of the power grid, which is the intention of the participants".
March 26, 2018 - BYD buses: the first Portuguese order
The public transport company of Coimbra (SMTUC) has placed an order for 8 pure electric 12 metre BYD buses. It is the first purchase order in Portugal for BYD’s pure electric buses and follows a successful test by SMTUC of a BYD 12 metre ebus last year. Delivery is planned at the beginning of 2019. With the confirmation of this order in Portugal, BYD is expanding its European presence to 10 countries with orders for more 400 electric buses in Europe. Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe, said: "From north to south Europe, we have become a competitive player across the Continent covering all the climatic conditions from the cold north of Scandinavia to the heat of Italy, Spain and now Portugal, not forgetting the more moderate conditions of Benelux and the UK. The results of the tests with our ebus here were promising and we are confident that our ebuses can deliver reliable and safe services and help to improve air quality, whatever the weather."
March 23, 2018 - 250 Scania/Marcopolo buses for Lagos
The Nigerian operator Transport Services Ltd (TSL) ordered 250 buses on Scania chassis with Marcopolo body. The buses will be delivered by Marcopolo during the first half of 2018. The vehicles will be built on Scania’s 2-axle low-entry chassis featuring a 9-litre 250 hp engine (K250UB4X2) and will be fitted out with Marcopolo’s Viale bus body model. In addition, Marcopolo will deliver 50 buses of its smaller Volare model, built on a Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus chassis (Volksbus 10.150OD). “The choice of Scania and Marcopolo as suppliers is in line with our strategy of becoming a leading player within public transport in Nigeria. The companies supply robust and passenger-friendly buses with favourable operating costs,” says TSL’s CEO Deji Wright. Scania’s efforts to boost its presence in the West Africa region began with the establishment in Ghana, where the company has delivered a total of about 400 buses and coaches since 2014. Aside from taking responsibility for servicing and maintenance of the buses and coaches, Scania has contributed to the design of bus service systems and training of drivers.
March 23, 2018 - iF Design Award 2018 to MAN Lion's Coach
For the third consecutive time, a MAN bus has won the iF Design Award. After the victories of MAN Intercity (2016) and NEOPLAN Tourliner (2017), the jury of the iF International Forum Design awarded the new MAN Lion's Coach for the "Automobiles / Vehicles / Bikes" category. It's a model that distinguishes itself, in addition to its timeless forms, for the new optical group with the daytime running lights that also act as directional indicators, for a clear separation of functional areas, the new Color & Trim system, the continuous light band LED lights the roof area. Without forgetting the improvement of aerodynamics by 20% compared to the previous model. The iF Design Award was born in 1953. The winners are chosen on the basis of fixed criteria, including aesthetics and form, level of innovation, ergonomics, functionality and aspects related to the environment. "The award is a globally recognized quality label that is delivered every year to just a few products," commented Stephan Schönherr, Vice President Design Bus of MAN Truck & Bus. «Having won it for the third time in a row is a demonstration of how innovative and valuable our buses are».
March 15, 2018 - Otokar: 100 buses for Amman, Jordan
Shortly after the contract in Bucharest for 400 buses, Otokar was awarded a contract in Jordan. The Greater Amman Municipality ordered 100 buses including 40 Otokar Kent and 60 Vectio buses. Both the models have a low floor and are fitted with air conditioning system and safety devices such as ABS, ASR. The Vectio model will be also fitted with a ramp for wheelchair at the exit. "Having exported nearly 5,000 buses", stated the Turkish manufacturer, "Otokar has increased its total vehicle park to 2,500 levels in key target export markets, namely France, Italy and Spain."
March 15, 2018 - Flixbus tests long distance electric buses
From Paris to Amiens (about 140 km by road) on board electric coaches. The European operator Flixbus launches into alternative mobility and tests, first in Europe, the long distance bus service with electric traction vehicles. From next April, a pair of Flix-E-Bus will be operating on the Paris-Amiens line. And from the summer 2018, FlixBus plans to extend the test to Germany, adding an additional Flix-E-Bus between the Hessian and Baden-Württemberg regions. The vehicles are made in China: the two for France are Yutong ICes 12 with 53 seats while the one for Germany is a BYD C9 with 40 seats. "Our goal is to help build the mobility of the future," said André Schwämmlein, founder and CEO of FlixBus, "and we are convinced that the E-Bus represents a valid long-term investment, both for our company and for customers and environment."
March 14, 2018 - BusStore Show 2018
On March 10th closed BusStore 2018, the international exhibition of used buses by the BusStore brand. For the first time in Warsaw, BusStore Show 2018 offered around fifty Mercedes-Benz and Setra used vehicles plus other of different brands. Visitors came from more than 20 countries. The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the 5th anniversary of BusStore, a brand that represents all the activities of Mercedes-Benz and Setra for used buses & coaches. In the anniversary year, five new stores are opened: in Zagreb (Croatia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Cesis (Latvia) and Albi (France) where BusStore further expands its presence on the French market. BusStore is present in 19 locations in Europe and is already planning further developments with a second wave of openings. Today the BusStore brand sells about 2,000 buses a year, with an offer extended to all brands and to all European locations thanks to the www.bus-store.com website.
March 13, 2018 - New Volvo double-decker coach for Mexico
The Swedish manufacturer expands its coach range for Mexico and presented the new 9800 DD integral coach at the ExpoForo exhibition (Santa Fe, March 7-9). The double-decker version offers 40 per cent increased passenger capacity compared to the single-decker 9800 (up to 63 passengers). The Volvo 9800 DD is 15m in length, 4.2m high and 2.60m wide. It offers an interior height of 1.80 meters on both decks as well as full capacity luggage racks. It is the only coach on the market offering a wheelchair ramp. The D13 driveline has an output of 500 hp, the most powerful on the Mexican market. The coach is fitted with Volvo’s advanced security systems, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Support and Collision Warning with Emergency Brake. The staircase to the second floor faces forward to reduce risks in case of emergency braking. At the Expo Foro exhibition, Volvo also presented a 15m version of the Volvo 9800 single decker. The Volvo 9800 was launched in 2016 and to date Volvo has sold 1,055 units.

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