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April 13, 2018 - BYD presents a new energy storage solution
At the annual European partner event (Stuttgart, April 10), BYD presented the latest generation of lithium energy storage systems named Battery Box LV. It is a 48-volt lithium storage system with battery capacities ranging from 3.5 to 14 kWh in one system with one to four modules. The capacity can be scaled up to 42kWh with three systems connected in parallel. It is ideally suited for residential use and medium-size commercial applications. The system provides a high discharge power and higher usable energy ration than comparable systems in the market. It also employs BYD’s patented innovative connection system which allows for an extremely easy plug- and-play installation without the need to connect cables. "2017 has been a very successful business year for the company", stated BYD in a press release. "From opening the first overseas branch in the Netherlands in 1998, BYD has expanded its global presence to 27 branches and more than 30 manufacturing sites and today is the world’s largest supplier of rechargeable lithium iron phosphate batteries."
April 11, 2018 - Aptis roadshow in the Netherlands
After being tested in France, Belgium and Germany, on April 9 Aptis started a three-week road show in the Netherlands. Aptis is the 100% electric mobility solution developed by Alstom and its subsidiary NTL. The vehicle will be tested together with the transport company QBuzz in Utrecht, Groningen and Assen and with the Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram (RET) in Rotterdam. Awarded last year at Busworld Europe with the Innovation Prize, Aptis is characterized by its large double doors and extensive windows (20% more than a classic bus) and the lounge area at the rear. The two steering axles minimize the turning radius and the footprint on the road (-25% compared to a conventional bus). Aptis can be recharged overnight or during the day at the end of the line with a charging solution provided by Alstom. Rapid charging is carried out either via an inverted pantograph or via SRS, Alstom's innovative ground-based static charging system.
April 10, 2018 - Blue Bird electric school buses
The US bus manufacturer Blue Bird has received all required certifications for its electric school buses which are now in pre-production. The company also opened the order books and their EVs qualify for grants available in California and New York respectively. The Blue Bus powertrain was developed together with Adomani, Inc. and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI). The electric school buses feature the EDI PowerDrive 7000 EV drivetrain system with up to 160 kWh lithium-ion battery packs. The buses are expected to deliver up to 120 mile range (193 km).
April 9, 2018 - Let's disco on a MAN Lion's City
A bus as an exclusive disco lounge. Developed by the MAN Bus Modification Centre, the special vehicle is a MAN Lion's City GL. It has been ordered by the Sales-Lentz Group based in Luxembourg. Party guests can dance away to the DJ’s jams on the spacious dance floor in the middle section of the bus. The lighting designers and developers kept their focus on the exclusive concept with LED pixel strip technology and surrounding LED lights in the lounge. The bus ceiling reflects the party lights. The hi-fi system with 5 x 700 watt loudspeaker power has been specially developed for the bus and has been adapted to the vehicle conditions by an acoustician. The rear of the vehicle houses two 5 kW charging inverters that provide the energy for the light and sound system, a wireless router, two lithium-ion batteries and a battery management system. The vehicle houses the DJ console, which controls the high-end sound system with built-in speakers, subwoofers and removable outdoor speakers. The disco bus is also equipped with a stylish bar and a social media monitor with fisheye camera. Guests can not only take pictures but also instantly share them on social networks such as Instagram and Facebook. Overall, the 18.75-metre-long articulated bus can accommodate around 45 passengers.
April 9, 2018 - First Solaris electric buses in Milan
Milan is a friendly city of electricity as a source of power for public transport with tramways, trolleybuses, the subway and now also electric buses. On March 27, the first of the 25 electric buses acquired by the Milanese public transport company entered service on the ATM network. They are 12-meter buses produced in Poland by Solaris Bus & Coach. The total investment is 14 million euros. The vehicles are equipped with lithium-iron-phosphate batteries with a total capacity of 240 kWh. According to the manufacturer, the autonomy is about 180 km. The batteries are recharged in about five hours in the depot thanks to a charging column with a capacity of 80 kW. The first batch of 10 units will be delivered by mid-April, while the second, consisting of 15 vehicles, will be delivered between October and the end of 2018. "This is only the first step in a fleet renewal project that expects by the end of this year the launch of a tender for further 175 electric buses, "confirms ATM in a press release. The plan announced by the company is very ambitious, ATM aims to buy only electric vehicles from 2020, anticipating of five years the commitments made in Paris by the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala at the Summit Together 4 Climate of the C40 Cities network. The stated goal is to arrive, at the end of 2030, to a fleet of 1,200 electric buses. "Atm will make concrete the commitment to the C40 to have a Zero Emission Zone, indeed, will go further, because all its fleet will be electric, even the one that will serve the suburbs. Furthermore, all the depots will be reconverted, and three innovative structures will be built ".
April 6, 2018 - Further VDL electric buses for Arriva Netherlands
From April 1, nine VDL Citea SLF-120 Electric buses are in regular service on lines 8 and 9 in 's-Hertogenbosch, southern Netherlands. These vehicles are a follow-up order of 2016 for three electric Citeas supplied by VDL Bus & Coach to Arriva Netherlands for 's-Hertogenbosch. The vehicles are equipped with a new technology that allows the quick recharge of batteries at the terminus through a pantograph on the roof of the bus. These buses have a three-door configuration and offer USB points and Wi-Fi sockets. Arriva Netherlands is part of the Arriva Group, owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading passenger transport company operating in 14 European countries.
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."

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