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Lion’s Coach with ZF automatic transmission.

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The new Sprinter for passenger transport.

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The new Irizar e-Mobility plant has been launched.

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The range of electric buses has been presented in Krakow.

January 3, 2018 - The Mercedes Citaro Hybrid has left the factory
On 22 December, the first new Citaro hybrid buses left the factory and will gradually go into service with Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG (SSB). They will be used to carry passengers on inner-city routes in Stuttgart and in late 2018, the Citaro hybrids are then due to switch to the new X1 express bus service introduced by SSB especially for low-emission buses with innovative powertrain technology. The Mercedes-Benz Citaro Hybrid is fitted with a disc-shaped electric motor with a maximum output of 14 kW and a torque of 220 Nm. It's positioned between the engine and the automatic transmission. On overrun or when the bus is braking, the motor acts as a generator to produce electric power, which is briefly stored by the Citaro hybrid in capacitors, so-called mild hybrid storage (MHS). When the bus accelerates again, the electric motor uses the stored energy to assist the diesel or gas engine with extra torque. Another innovation that benefits overall economic efficiency is "intelligent eco steering". This electrohydraulic steering cuts in only when required, i.e. when the driver turns the steering wheel. In a conventional hydraulic steering system, the assistance is permanently in operation. This means that intelligent eco steering saves fuel. The new steering system is installed as standard in the Citaro hybrid. All components are designed to last for the duration of the vehicle's entire service life. The fuel saving of the Mercedes Citaro Hybrid, states the manufacturer, is up to 8.5 percent.
Dec. 23, 2017 - Solaris' record-breaking tender for electric buses
STIB Brussels has placed an order for 25 Solaris Urbino 18 electric buses. It is the largest one-off zero emission buses order in the history of the Polish manufacturer. The contract is worth over EUR 21m. The first buses will start carrying passengers in the beginning of 2019, the last deliveries are expected to take place in June, 2019. Solaris will deliver both the buses and the whole charging infrastructure in cooperation with Schaltbau Refurbishment GmbH. This includes two depot chargers and two charging units located enabling regular charging while the buses are in operation. Additionally, the operator’s depot will be equipped with 24 pantograph stations, which in turn will be used for overnight charging. It is not the first order of the transport operator from Brussels. In August this year, Solaris Bus & Coach signed a frame agreement with STIB which includes the delivery of seven Urbino 8,9 LE electric buses with the possibility of extending the order with additional vehicles. The operator plans to electrify the entire bus fleet by 2030.
December 23, 2017 - ATM Milan focuses on electric drive
Supplies of electric buses only from 2020. The public transport company of Milan stated in a press release: "At the end of 2030 the diesel will disappear from the ATM fleet which will consist of 1,200 electric buses". In this way ATM anticipates of five years what signed by the C40 climate change agreement. All this will have clear repercussions on fuel consumption and emissions. "As early as 2020, ATM will see a reduction in diesel consumption of around 6 million liters / year and a corresponding reduction in CO2 production of around 15 thousand tons / year for road vehicles. At the end of that year, in fact, the fleet will include 200 electric buses and 270 hybrid buses". By 2030, ATM will increase to 30 million liters / year the diesel saved and to almost 75 thousand tons / year the CO2 emissions saved. Investments in electricity over the next ten years, also in light of the measures approved by the Italian Government and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport dedicated specifically to local public transport for environmental sustainability, amount to one billion euros "of which ATM is ready to support with own resources".
December 20, 2017 - VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses in Groningen
The Dutch manufacturer has delivered 10 articulated VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses to Qbuzz based in Groningen, the Netherlands. They are now in operation on the Q-link BRT bus network (lines 1 and 2). The buses are charged during service through an opportunity charging system. At night the buses are fully charged in depot. VDL not only supplies the buses but is also responsible for the complete system and provides installation of the charging stations as well. Produced at the factory in Heerenveen, the VDL Citea SLFA Electrics for Qbuzz are 18.1m long and have an updated, futuristic BRT design. This design won the 2017 Red Dot Award. The arrival of the electric buses is in line with OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe’s objective that all buses in the city will be completely electric by 2020. Fully electric bus transport will contribute to Groningen’s target of being energy-neutral by 2035. From 2030, public transport throughout the Netherlands will no longer be allowed to emit harmful substances.
December 18, 2017 - Indcar Mago 2 F1 Special Edition
Blai Limousines Company is a Spanish operator specialized in VIP private transfers. Its last purchase is a Mago 2 F1 Special Edition by Indcar. This limited series of the Mago 2 model offers superior range features and high comfort. The vehicle is fitted with Premium reclining seats, two tables, wooden effect flooring, wood and stainless steel details, fridge, LED lights. The capacity is up to 26 passengers. The coach will be delivered by Iveco Autodistribución Barcelona.
Dec. 18, 2017 - Bombardier Primove: milestone in Braunschweig
The first of the four 18-meter electric buses in Braunschweig, Germany, has reached 100,000 km in regular service. The vehicles are equipped with the Primove system developed by Bombardier, a combination of rapid inductive charging, light batteries and a fully integrated propulsion system. The first inductively charged Primove e-buses project started operation in Braunschweig in March 2014. The first 12-meter e-bus was complemented by four more 18-meter articulated buses, the first of their kind. Today, they carry passengers on Braunschweig’s busy inner-city ring on line #419 all day long. In order to have sufficient energy for the whole day, the electric vehicles recharge wirelessly along the route at one of their regular stops equipped with an inductive Primove charging station. In addition to Braunschweig, the electric buses equipped with the Primove system are in regular service in Berlin and Mannheim (Germany), Bruges (Belgium) and Södertälje (Sweden). The vehicles with wireless charging reached over 800,000 km in passenger service and saved 527 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
December 17, 2017 - BYD pure electric buses in Novara, Italy
On December 14, the Chinese manufacturer BYD delivered three 12m pure electric buses to the municipality of Novara, close to Turin. With this latest supply the two cities now have 23 emission free full size buses in service, the largest such fleet in Italy. The purchase process began in 2014 when the Piedmont Region decided to allocate resources from the Ministry of the Environment for air quality improvement through the purchase of electrically powered buses. SUN and GTT of Turin joined this program by allocating the necessary funds for the co-participation in the purchase of the vehicles (20 units destined for GTT of Turin and 3 units for SUN of Novara). The new buses can deliver a full day of operation without the need for recharging. They can carry 83 passengers (22 seated) with space for a wheelchair. The bus livery was created by the students of the School of Painting of the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin.
December 14, 2017 - Solaris Urbino electric buses for Frankfurt
Another order for electric buses has been forwarded to Solaris Bus & Coach. The Frankfurt-based company 'In der City Bus Frankfurt am Main' has commissioned five Urbinos 12 with electric drive. The vehicles will be fitted with two electric engines and batteries boasting a capacity of 240 kWh. They will be equipped with an efficient air conditioning system regulating the temperature of the whole vehicle, energy-saving LED lighting of the interior, passenger information system with 3 LCD screens, USB ports for each row of seats and Wi-Fi. The Solaris electric buses for Frankfurt will be able to carry up to 70 passengers, 28 of which seated. Two additional folding seats will be installed in the space reserved to wheelchair. The supply of the five vehicles is scheduled for mid-2018.
December 12, 2017 - The 10,000th Enviro400 by AlexanderDennis
The British bus building company based in Scotland has celebrated a major milestone with the roll-out of its 10,000th two-axle, low floor double deck Enviro400. The 78-seat executive Enviro400 will join ADL’s demonstration fleet. It comes complete with leather seats, wood effect flooring, seat belts, Wi-Fi, USB charging points, mobile phone holders, skylight roof panels as well as next-stop audio and visual announcement systems. Colin Robertson, ADL’s Chief Executive, commented: “We have had many landmark moments with the Enviro400, from the launch in 2005 to the facelift in 2009, the major model change in 2014 and the introduction of the City version in October 2015. We have also seen it lead the way as a fuel-efficient, low emission diesel, as a diesel-electric hybrid and as a gas bus. While it was designed as an integral vehicle, we have also bodied it on Volvo and Scania chassis. In addition, although it was mainly intended for the UK market, we have had significant business wins with the Enviro400 in Hong Kong and New York.”
December 12, 2017 - Castrosua CNG buses for Seville
The transport company Tussam Sevilla proceeds with the modernization of the fleet and once again focuses on the Castrosua brand. 360 are the units supplied so far by the Iberian producer to Tussam. The latest supply includes 15 urban buses in the City Versus range, bodied on Man A22 chassis. All vehicles are powered by compressed natural gas. They are 12 meters long with a capacity of 27 seated passengers plus two seats reserved for people with reduced mobility. The vehicles are fitted with three doors, large windows with sliding opening, low heat transmission windows and cold air barriers on each door to ensure optimum interior temperature. The on-board equipment includes USB sockets on the central platform and suspended handles. The driving area is ergonomic and equipped with an anti-vandal closure. The city of Seville has a fleet of 400 units of which over 50% powered by natural gas.
December 11, 2017 - Solaris electric bus fleet in Jaworzno, Poland
The Municipal Transport Company (PKM) in Jaworzno, Poland, has incorporated into its fleet 22 electric Solaris buses. The supply includes 9 articulated Urbino 18 electric buses, 9 Urbino electric buses with a length of 12 metres and 4 buses belonging to the MIDI Urbino 8,9 electric model. Batteries can be charged also on the ruote thanks to a pantograph charging system. The vehicles are fitted with LED lighting, USB ports, air conditioning for both passengers and driver, ramp and wheelchair bay, passenger information system, intelligent fleet management system.
December 1, 2017 - Solaris 18-meter electric bus in Warsaw
The Municipal bus company in Warsaw has just leased the new Solaris Urbino 18 electric. It is the first vehicle of that kind in the Polish capital and one of the first electric articulated buses in Europe. The vehicle is fitted with two e-engines integrated into the drive axle, boasting a power of 120 kW each and high capacity batteries of the Solaris High Energy battery type. With these batteries, states the manufacturer, the vehicles can cover a travel distance of more than 200 kilometres per charge. Batteries can be charged either through a plug-in connector or via a pantograph. “Leasing and testing that vehicle constitutes the preliminary arrangements to the tender which we want to publish as soon as at the beginning of 2018. The vehicles produced for Warsaw will arrive in two lots: 60 in 2019 and 70 in 2020”, said Jan Kuźmiński, CEO of the Municipal Bus Company.

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