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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.

July 5, 2017 - Solaris electric buses again in Warsaw
The Warsaw’s public transport company Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe (MZA) has chosen again the Solaris electric technology. After the the supply of ten 12-meter electric buses in November 2014 (now running on lane 222), the Polish operator has ordered another ten electric vehicles. The new Urbino 12 electric buses will start regular service at the beginning of 2018. Solange Olszewska, CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. said “I am very pleased with the fact that we can continue our long lasting and fruitful cooperation with the MZA by providing another batch of electric buses. Choosing our buses is an evidence showing that Warsaw not only consistently invests in the purchase of modern, comfortable and environmentally friendly low-floor city buses, but is also doing it in an exceptionally efficient way, setting Europe-wide trends in urban transport ".
July 3, 2017 - 80 Mercedes Conecto buses for Warsaw
On June 23, 2017, the Warsaw public transport company MZA (Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe) signed a contract with Daimler Buses for the supply of 80 Conecto buses. Of these, 45 are articulated buses offering seating for up to 145 passengers. The new vehicles will be handed over before the end of the year. It's the second time that MZA chooses the Connecto model branded Mercedes-Benz. In 2012 the Polish company ordered more than 60 units.
June 28, 2017 - Routemaster's retrofit with Allison transmission
A 1962 Routemaster double-decker bus retrofitted with an Allison transmission has become the oldest vehicle to be awarded Low Emission Bus (LEB) certification, matching the environmental credentials of the latest diesel hybrid and alternative fuel buses. The privately-owned Routemaster was repowered with a Cummins ISB 4.5-litre Euro 6 diesel engine. Before undergoing LEB tests in February, its previous Allison transmission was replaced with an Allison T2100 fully automatic transmission featuring FuelSense® 2.0 Max. The conversion was completed by Mitchell Powersystems, Allison’s UK distributor, and is available now. The last Routemaster was withdrawn from general service in 2005 and the following year, the distinctive double-decker was voted one of Britain’s top 10 design icons, placing it in the same company as Concorde, the Supermarine Spitfire, the Mini, the London tube map, and the K2 telephone box. Ten Routemasters currently run as a tourist attraction on London Buses’ ‘heritage route’ between Tower Hill and Trafalgar Square. Of the 2,876 AEC Routemasters built between 1954 and 1968, approximately 1,200 still exist.
June 27, 2017 - MB Tourismo at the UEFA Under-21 Championship
Twelve Mercedes-Benz Tourismo coaches are available to the twelve national teams playing at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, a football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) every two years. The 21st edition is taking place from June 16 to 30 in Poland. The Tourismo touring coaches carry the twelve U21 national teams to and from the six different venues: Bydgoszcz, Gdynia, Krakow, Kielce, Lublin and Tychy. The sponsor behind the twelve Tourismo coaches is the Warsaw-based transport operator RAF TRANS. The final is set to take place in Krakow on June 30.
June 25, 2017 - Roadyacht: a converted Neoplan Skyliner
A superb yacth on the road. It's the Neoplan Skyliner coach from the 70s converted into a very special motor home by the engine driver Günter Erhart. He bought it for 3,000 marks. The vehicle was in a miserable condition: damaged engine, fittings ripped out, cable harness in shreds, windows broken, alternator and compressor stolen. But the bodywork was impeccable. The Roadyacht offers six sleeping berths. It's fitted with a mess and galley, along with permanently installed toilet and bath between decks. The rooms can be separated by sliding walls or curtains. While stationary and with the rear roof open, the Roadyacht offers up to 25 seats. In traffic it is licensed for eight persons plus driver. "Athletes, artists or bands who travel a great deal also find the Roadyacht eminently suitable. Its chill-out qualities make it an excellent retreat and exclusive VIP lounge ", they say at MAN Truck & Bus. " The top deck has already been used as a special kind of fair booth, an exclusive meeting room and a DJ cockpit at open-air events. The Roadyacht’s unique roof construction makes all this possible and at the same time ensures a pleasant atmosphere inside the bus ". From March to October, the Roadyacht can be hired as a holiday home. The vehicle is parked about ten kilometres from the eastern shores of Lake Maggiore. Italy is just one of the options.
June 23, 2017 - SmartShuttle: a positive balance for PostAuto
A positive balance for the autonomous vehicles introduced just a year ago by the Swiss PostAuto company. Since June 23, 2016, the two SmartShuttles have traveled over 4,500 kilometers in central Sion maintaining an average speed of 6 km/h. More than 21,500 people transported, "including several thousands specially arrived from the rest of Switzerland and abroad," points out PostAuto. Produced by Navya with a software developed by BestMile, the vehicles offer eleven seats and have not steering wheel and driver. On board there is a person responsible for security who oversees the operations and intervenes when needed. "Although this technology is already very advanced," explains the project leaders, "we are only at the beginning of the use of autonomous shuttles. Installation and use require a lot of work and close surveillance. The accompanyers draw up an accurate diary and report the necessary interventions. Sometimes they have to overcome obstacles in manual mode, such as bad parked cars, the main cause of 80% of the interventions. In case of heavy snowfall it is still impossible to use the shuttles. In September 2016 an accident occurred: one of the two SmartShuttle had hit the open hatch of a parked van. Slight the damaging. The service was immediately suspended for two weeks andPostBus and the manufacturer made small technical and organizational changes. For example, the margin of safety in the curve was considerably increased, enabling vehicles to respond more quickly in case of obstacles and to stop quickly. " This pioneering project will continue until at least October 31, 2017. "The objective of the pilot project is to test the new technology directly on the field and gain experience in view of other future uses. At the same time, project managers regularly ask travelers for their opinion on this new mode of transport: after a slight skepticism before departure, the feedback is almost always positive after the trip. "
June 20, 2017 - A Neoplan Tourliner for Don’s of Dunmow
The Essex based travel company Don’s of Dunmow has taken delivery of a Neoplan Tourliner P22 coach. The 13.8-metre vehicle is fitted with 61 comfortable seats, centre toilet, air conditioning, DVD, fridge and refreshment station, as well as heated windscreen and mirrors. The coach is powered by a Euro 6 12.4 litre MAN D26 engine (460 hp) coupled to an AS Tronic 12-speed automated gearbox. Steve Harvey, company owner, said: “This new Tourliner fits in with the rest of our fleet and our drivers and passengers are impressed with the overall package".
June 16, 2017 - Pohjolan Liikenne trusts again in the VDL brand
For the 5th time the Finnish transport company has placed an order for Citea buses. It consists of 23 Citeas LLE-127 in the longest version (12.7 meters). The Citea LLE-127 benefits from the advantages of low total weight: reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions of harmful substances and reduction of maintenance costs. The new Citeas have special underfilm corrosion protection on all the floor elements and XPS side wall insulation material. The Finnish company has opted for this because the bus interiors are cleaned with a pressure washer. Pohjolan Liikenne is one of the largest Finnish bus companies with a fleet of 550 buses and coaches. They transport some 30 million passengers with a total of 30 million kilometres each year. This way moisture intrusion is minimized, extending the life of the interior.
June 16, 2017 - The Electricity project in Gothenburg is expanding
After two years from the introduction of electric buses on route 55 in Gothenburg, Sweden, the partners in the ElectriCity venture have decided to expand electric bus operations in the city. In June next year two electrically powered high-capacity buses will start operating on route 16 which will be equipped with charging infrastructure and bus stop facilities for electrified high-capacity traffic. At the same time, plans are under way to expand the demo arena with heavy vehicles for quiet and emission-free urban traffic. ElectriCity has brought together companies, among which Volvo Group, Ericsson and Keolis, researchers, public authorities, the city and the region since 2013 to test and develop new solutions for sustainable transport and sustainable urban development. The most noticeable result is bus route 55 where ten all-electric or partially electrified buses have been operating since 2015. According to the original plan the tests were scheduled to end in 2018, but now the trial is being extended with additional vehicles and the test period will continue to 2020. Within the framework of ElectriCity work will also commence on testing solutions in automation, such as automatic Bus Stop Docking and bus platooning whereby buses run close behind one other in long trains in urban traffic.
June 15, 2017 - VDL Citea LLE-99 buses delivered to Seatour
In June six buses from the VDL Citea LLE-99 range were delivered to the Italian passenger transport company Seatour. These are the first Citeas LLE in a length of 9.95 metres that will be put in service in the Lazio region of Italy. The Citea LLE-99 is an innovative lightweight bus concept. The 9.9 metre length version was specially designed for sparsely populated areas and for scheduled services with clear peak and off-peak hours. The low kerb weight means the Citeas LLE-99 consume significantly less fuel, resulting in a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions. The high total passenger capacity in relation to the length further optimizes the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). An additional benefit is the manoeuvrability: the shortened wheelbase and rear overhang significantly reduce the turning circle and swept path, making it easier to manoeuvre in narrow streets. The Citeas LLE for Seatour have a 29+2+1 seating arrangement and space for 48 standing passengers.
June 15, 2017 - BYD ADL electric buses for RATP Dev London
The BYD ADL electric bus partnership has been selected as preferred bidder by RATP Dev London for the latter’s order of a total of 36 10.8m pure electric buses. RATP Dev London has entered into a letter of intent for the procurement of BYD ADL’s Enviro200 electric vehicle. The commercial terms for the supply of the vehicles are currently being negotiated, with contract signature due shortly, for vehicle delivery in spring 2018. The electric buses be deployed on two high frequency TfL bus routes: C1 and 70. These two routes, one of which is already operated by RATP Dev London, are being converted by RATP Dev London to full electric operation. The BYD ADL Enviro200 10.8m is a new model designed for more restrictive route conditions than the 51 12m models already in service on the London bus network. Many London streets feature sharp corners and the smaller vehicle, still capable of accommodating 76 passengers, is more appropriate for some routes. Like all ADL BYD models, the new buses will be guaranteed to complete a full day’s duty cycle without the need for recharging. Once concluded, the new order will bring the number of ADL BYD electric buses in London to over 100 units.
June 15, 2017 - Large order for Mercedes-Benz do Brasil
The Brazilian subsidiary of Daimler AG has sold 200 city buses to Recife, the fourth-largest urban agglomeration in Brazil with 3,995,949 inhabitants. Recife wants to modernize its fleet with the new buses. The chosen model is Urbano, a vehicle sold more than 46,500 times since its market launch in 1998. Mercedes-Benz do Brasil sold approximately 1,400 buses in the first quarter of 2017 and thereby defend its leading position in the Brazilian bus market. At the end of March 2017 the market share of the Mercedes-Benz buses was 42 percent. In the Brazilian Northeast, Mercedes-Benz do Brasil currently has a market share of more than 50 percent.