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June 9, 2017 - Scania Hispania humanitarian aid to North Africa
15,000 euros in aid and 500 kg of food for the disadvantaged populations of North Africa. This is the contribution of Scania Hispania, the Iberian branch of the Swedish Group, within the humanitarian project 'En Ruta Solidaria' in favor of Mauritanian marginalized people with direct aid. Scania's fundraising has been possible thanks to a mobilization of its entire network, from employees to customers, with the purchase of solidarity calendars produced by the brand. The sale of these calendars generated a turnover of 6,500 euros, then doubled by Scania. This amount will be used to purchase food and other needs in addition to transport costs. In addition another 2,000 euros came from the donation of Scania clothing. 500 kg of food, the result of the 'Operation Kilo' campaign organized by Scania at all dealers in Spain, will be delivered to Mauritania and Mozambique by direct carriage with Scania vehicles without intermediaries.
June 8, 2017 - AEP has won a tender in France for the e-ticketing
It is an Italian company, AEP Ticketing Solutions, to award the renewal of the TADAO (Transdev) electronic ticketing system in Lens, France, in addition to developing interoperability with the Pass-Pass regional card. The tender has been awarded by the Syndact Mixte des Transports Artois-Gohelle for a total amount of € 6,196,110 euros. The system, based on AEP famous application suite "ET - The Easy Ticketing", includes, amongst other things, over 120 self-service RTVM-I Vending Machines for the new four BHNS (BRT) lines and includes the new Futura 3B/E validators. This device offers all the certifications required for the EMV processing of bank cards. "Once again AEP confirms the superiority of its offer," said Saverio Bettini, Chief Executive Officer of AEP, "which is able to beat important international competitors in a country such as France, notoriously one of the most experienced and demanding countries in terms of electronic ticketing."
June 6, 2017 - MAN is developing a more efficient hybrid bus
As a partner of the EcoChamps consortium (European Competitiveness in Commercial Hybrid and AutoMotive Powertrains) MAN is developing a hybrid bus up to 20% more efficient. Within the European Union-funded research project "Horizon 2020", the consortium (26 partners) aims to develop an efficient, compact, robust and convenient hybrid transmission for the various intended purposes. In this regard, MAN is developing a concept bus with electric drive. "Depending on the needs of the customer," explains MAN Truck & Bus, "several sources of energy can be integrated, such as a diesel or fuel cell generator. This will also make it easier to install an additional propulsion power module to an electric vehicle only when it is in storage. " The official presentation of this hybrid bus is forseen in the fourth quarter of 2017.
May 27, 2017 - Iveco Daily Minibuses at the G7 Summit in Italy
Iveco and Iveco Bus are partners of the sustainable mobility at the G7 Summit under the Italian Presidency (Taormina, May 26-27). On that occasion, Iveco Bus has provided three Daily Minibuses: a pair powered by natural gas and an electric one. All the vehicles are used for the transportation of delegations, ministers, officials and personalities at the Summit. The vehicles will also be used for the related G7 summit events, which will take place in October in many Italian cities, including Bologna for the Environment Summit in June and Turin for the Technology and Industry conference scheduled in September. The electric version of Daily Tourys is 7.12 mt long and has a capacity of 16 seats. "Compared to the previous Daily Electric models," Iveco Bus stated in a press release, "the new version achieves an autonomy of 110 or 160 km, respectively, with two or three batteries, a 25% higher efficiency, an additional payload of 100 Kg and an increased battery life of 20%». The two Natural Power Daily Minibuses with CNG technology are equipped with a 3-liter engine with 136-hp and a 350-Nm torque, the best in the category. "Natural gas today is a mature technology," pointed out Iveco Bus, "available and economically accessible, which can give immediate answers to solve pollution problems, particularly in urban areas, and reducing CO2 emissions."
May 27, 2017 - The new Accumotive's battery factory in Kamenz
Daimler AG has laid the foundation of one of the biggest and most modern battery factories. It's the second factory for lithium-ion batteries of the wholly-owned subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz, Germany. Among the guests of honour at the ceremony there were Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. The factory was built with an investment of around 500 million euros and it is scheduled to go into operation in mid-2018. Covering an area of around 20 hectares, the new plant will quadruple the production and logistics area in Kamenz to a total of around 80,000 square meters. By the end of the decade, Accumotive will have a total of over 1,000 employees. With the Concept EQ, Mercedes-Benz Cars is presenting a new generation of electric vehicles. More than ten new electric passenger cars are scheduled to be launched by 2022: in all segments from smart to large SUVs. The company assumes that the proportion of electric vehicles in the total unit sales of Mercedes-Benz will be between 15 and 25 percent by 2025. Daimler’s commercial vehicle divisions are also consistently driving forward the electrification of their portfolio. After the Vito E-CELL from the year 2011, Mercedes-Benz Vans will go into series with electric transporters beginning next year. Both Vito and Sprinter will be equipped with drive batteries from Kamenz. Daimler Buses is launching a full-electric Mercedes-Benz city bus in series production next year. Prototypes are already on the road.
May 22, 2017 - The first Swiss postbuses produced in UK by ADL
On May 19, 2017, the Switzerland public transport company PostBus presented the first new double-decker bus of the 19 vehicles commissioned to AlexanderDennis. These are the first Postbuses to have been produced in the United Kingdom and the first ever British double-deckers in Switzerland. The vehicles ordered are based on their Enviro500 standard model, but the company has adapted them to PostBus’s needs and Swiss regulations. They are 13 metres long, 4 metres high and meet the Euro 6 emission standard. They offer 78 seats and 55 standing spaces and are equipped with three doors instead of two, two sets of stairs to the top deck and dual display screens and free WiFi on the both decks.
May 19, 2017 - VDL electric buses for the Dutch company Qbuzz
The public transport company Qbuzz based in Groningen, the Netherlands, has placed an order for ten VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses with BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design. The 18.1m articulated buses will be put in service on the first fully electric Q-link bus lines in Groningen from December 11, 2017. The buses are based on the principle of opportunity charging so they are charged during service, along the line. VDL not only supplies the buses but is also responsible for the complete system and provides installation of the charging stations as well. By 2030 the Netherlands’ entire bus fleet, and thus all buses in Groningen, must operate with zero emissions.
May 16, 2017 - The Plaxton coaches winners at UK Coach Rally
Four Plaxton coaches have been honoured with trophies at the UK Coach Rally (Blackpool, May 6-7), the highly demanding driving competition whose first event way back in 1955. The rally involves drivers in manoeuvering today’s huge vehicles in tight spaces, driving them safely and getting the indiustry’s passengers to their destination in a calm, friendly and relaxing manner. Damory Coaches took away the Top Touring/Express Luxury Coach trophy with their Plaxton Elite, a 12.6m model on the Volvo B11R chassis. Top Mini/Midi went to York Pullman for their Plaxton Cheetah XL built on a Mercedes-Benz chassis and fitted with 36 seats. Moffat & Williamson took home the Tony Roose Trophy for their three-axle Plaxton Panther. This Volvo B11R-based coach has a stunning road presence with a length of 14 metres, allowing it to seat 61 on comfortable recliners. The winner of the Rita Daziel Trophy for the top coach 25 years or older is the Plaxton Supreme Express New of Bradshaws Travel. New in 1983 but still going strong.
May 15, 2017 - A Neoplan Cityliner at the Eurovision Song Contest
The Neoplan-branded coach was used at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), the largest European song competition held in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 9-13. The vehicle was employed as shuttle bus to transfer interpreters and crews coming from 42 countries, included VIP guests. This Neoplan Skyliner is fitted with 51 high-quality leather seats, fridge and coolbox, on-board kitchen and toilet facilities, and a high-quality audio system. The 12 metre-long bus is powered by a 440 hp (324 kW) Euro 6 diesel engine coupled to an automatic twelve-gear MAN TipMatic transmission with EasyStart. The coach will also remain in use for the purpose of transporting VIPs even after the ESC. For this reason, MAN Truck & Bus Ukraine will take over the servicing and maintenance of the vehicle for one year. “The intention is that the Cityliner will be used in the future to chauffeur VIPs and government delegations who are visiting Kiev. Its luxurious fittings and extensive safety features make it ideal for this task”, said Michael Batz, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus Ukraine.
May15, 2017 - Solaris Urbino 18 buses in Nürnberg, Germany
In the first half of April, Solaris Bus & Coach delivered eight articulated new Urbino 18 buses to the German public transport operator Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft (VAG) based in Nürnberg, Germany. The articulated Urbino 18 buses ordered by VAG have 37 seats with additional eight folder seats. The passenger compartment can accommodate between 88-99 standing passengers. The vehicles are fitted with full air conditioning both for passengers and driver, energy efficient LED interior lightening, monitoring system with nine cameras, recorder and monitor placed above the driver’s seat. All of the buses are powered by the Euro 6 DAF/PACCAR MX-11 240 H1 (240 kW) engine coupled to a Voith Diwa 6 transmission, which is equipped with a ECO program that efficiently reduces fuel consumption. The axles, on the other hand, are provided by a ZF company.
May 12, 2017 - Temsa Avenue IBUS with Fleetics
Turkey's first smart bus developed by Temsa, the Avenue IBUS, is now more advanced with the implementation of Fleetics, the product of the data technology platform V2SMART, developed in partnership with STM (Defense Technologies & Engineering INC.). IBUS was delivered to Kocaeli University Techno Park and will introduce a new innovation experience to the students in their 25 km journey to Kocaeli University's Techno Park Campus. A minimum of 1.000 students and Techno park staff will evaluate IBUS in a minimum of 50 rides. The feedback received will be used for new initiatives by Temsa and STM for Smart Cities and transportation ideas. STM Deputy General Manager Ömer Korkut stated, “The two companies started a long-term collaboration. Fleetics, a 100% domestic system, is a result of an intense R&D work completing in a record period such as 7 months. It provides data on real-time performance and pre-determining malfunctioning of spare parts of the smart buses. Fleetics also enables modelling of driver behavior, accident prevention, fuel efficiency, route optimization, increase of passenger safety and modelling many other cost saving opportunities.”
May 11, 2017 - The BRT system in Colombia with Scania gas buses
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The city, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is fast turning into a new, cleaner and more sustainable place also thanks to a new Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system with gas-powered buses. Cartagena selected Scania as the exclusive provider for two trunk lines in its ‘Transcaribe’ transport network. Scania is providing 147 Euro 6 gas buses to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, as well as contracts for service and maintenance, financing and driver training. The first year since the introduction of the gas powered buses is widely viewed as a success. When fully implemented Transcaribe will have exchanged 1,600 smaller traditional Euro 1 and Euro 2 buses for 658 Euro 6 and Euro 5 gas buses.

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