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May 9, 2107 - Neoplan Skyliner of the Rosberg team for hire
The Neoplan Skyliner coach wanted in 1995 by Keke Rosberg, father of the 2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg, is now available for hire for events and exhibitions in exclusive locations. Used as support vehicle for the Rosberg team in the German and European Championships for tourism cars, this Skyliner is 12 meters long and 4 meters and was fitted with six televisions, satellite system, power generator and console for telemetry equipment. "Today is the norm, but in those years it was a state-of-the-art vehicle and few teams had such a coach," they say at MAN Truck & Bus. "Here, Keke Rosberg and his engineers prepared the races in the three meeting rooms, while the luxurious living and the large roof-deck with stainless steel railings provided the ideal space to relax and follow the race from an exclusive stand."
March 9, 2017 - More Volvo hybrid buses in Tallin City
Tallinn, Estonia. Here the fleet of 44 Volvo hybrid buses of the local public transport company Tallinna Linnatranspordi Ltd (TLT) has become one of the largest in Europe. The last 20 Volvo 7900 Hybrids delivered to TLT on April 25 have been in regular service since May 1. Enno Tamme, Chairman of the Board of TLT, said “With 44 hybrid buses in our fleet, we are one of the top 10 hybrid bus cities in Europe. More than half of our bus fleet is Euro 5 or Euro 6 and after 50 new hybrid and diesel buses, average age of our fleet will be 8,2 years. ” The Volvo 7900 Hybrid bus is 12 m long and can carry up to 84 passengers. It is equipped with an electric motor, batteries and a small Volvo D5 diesel engine (Euro 6). The powertrain is parallel hybrid, which means that the diesel engine and electric motor can operate independently of one another. Batteries are charged with the energy generated during engine braking. Volvo Buses states that the two-axle version has up to 39 % lower fuel consumption than a corresponding diesel-powered bus and 40-50 % lower exhaust emissions. The hybrid buses delivered by Volvo Buses since 2010 are more than 3,000 all around the world.
May 8, 2017 - VDL Bus & Coach Finland's anniversary
The Finnish branch of VDL Bus & Coach is just 10 years old. The company celebrated the anniversary on April 20, 2017. In ten years, VDL Bus & Coach Finland Oy sold more than 500 VDL buses and coaches in Finland. The company was founded in 2007 but its history goes back further when Timo Vainio, working for Autojousi Vuola Ky, handled sales for the BOVA, Berkhof and Jonckheere brands. The first BOVA Futura was sold in Finland in 1985. Marcel Jacobs, commercial director VDL Bus & Coach bv, says, “The Finnish team has captured an important position in the Finnish market for VDL, in part through a very strong after-sales position. In particular, the leading position in the area of city buses over the past five years is deserving of a huge compliment. ” And for the future? "We are focusing on developments in the field of electric bus transport, which will play an ever greater role in the future,” says Sami Ojami, commercial director VDL Bus & Coach Finland. VDL Bus & Coach Finland, with 35 employees, is responsible for sales and after-sales activities of the VDL product range in Finland. The head office is located in Koivuhaka, Vantaa. VDL also has its own service garages in Espoo, Kuopio and Kotka. The company also has contracts with ten service centres spread across Finland.
May 4, 2017 - The first 50 years of Neoplan Skyliner
Happy Birthday Neoplan Skyliner. The flagship of the German manufacturer is 50 years old. It was the spring of 1967 when the young Konrad Auwärter surprised the bus world with his idea: a double deck coach, unthinkable for that time. But the youngest son of Gottlob Auwärter really believed in his project and actually transformed the first Neoplan Skyliner. To demonstrate its validity, he drove it from Stuttgart to Brussels. "At that time," Konrad Auwärter recalled at the anniversary party at the MAN Bus Forum, "no one believed that it was possible to travel on a double decker in a highway without crashing. But we managed to break all the doubts. " The Neoplan Skyliner has come to the seventh generation. Today, nearly 5,000 units travel around the world. This fleet also includes very special versions, such as the 15-meter four axles used in Cape Canaveral or the mobile home built for a pilgrimage of a royal Arab family. This model won several international awards. Last year he won the IBC (International Bus Competition) prize and the Sustainability Award of Busplaner, a magazine for travel companies and travel agencies. The design, with the inimitable "Sharp Cut" by Neoplan, has also won several awards.
May 4, 2017 - The first Solaris electric buses in France
Frontignon, South France. Here will be delivered in mid December 2017 the first Solaris Urbino 8,9 LE electric buses for the French market. France will therefore become the eight European country to benefit from the Solaris technology. The city transport operator, Thau Agglo, decided to purchase the buses after the positive tests of the 8,9 meter Solaris buses which took place at the beginning of the year. Both of the buses will be equipped with 160 kWh high energy batteries that will be charged by a 80 kWh charger. The vehicles will be powered by a 160-kWh central motor. Both buses will be fitted with several comfort and safety enhancing features, such as air conditioning, ecological LED lightening and monitoring system.
May 2, 2017 - The 50th anniversary of Masats at FIAA Madrid
The Spanish company, specializing in the production of automated doors, ramps and lifts both for road vehicles and rail, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at the FIAA trade fair in Madrid. Here Masats will showcase its wide range of doors with the latest new developments for Sprinter minibuses, the hydraulic vertical KV5 Lift for dedicated doors and the new version of the 028C Sliding Door. The current Masats range also includes swing doors for urban purposes and outward opening doors for intercity and luxury vehicles as well as minibus doors.
April 27, 2017 - A Neoplan Skyliner coach for artists
A special version of the well-known Neoplan double decker coach was manufactured at the MAN Bus Modification Center (BMC) for the German operator Happyday Hanke Nightlinerservice. The vehicle has been equipped for the travel of artists and music bands that, in addition to traveling with all the comforts, can even sleep on a real bed. Externally it has nothing different from a classic Skyliner, with the exception of the LED lights on the sides. Once inside, however, everything changes. Beginning from the low floor fitted with four dinette, galley and ceramic hob, toilette complete with shower with dedicated tank (63 liters). The relaxing area on the upper floor is fitted with bunk beds (mounted on the side walls) for up to 18 people plus two in the back room which becomes a bedroom in a few moves. There is also a bunk for the driver. Among the on-board features, integrated hi-fi system, multimedia system with several monitors, power outlets, refrigerators, two-zone air conditioning and heating. And once reached destination, the climate is managed by a fixed air conditioning system with an electric compressor in the luggage compartment.
April 26, 2017 - OppCharge: a new station by Volvo Buses & Helios
Volvo Buses and the global market leader in fast charge systems Heliox have inaugurated a charging station for electric buses based on the common OppCharge interface. With OppCharge, electrified buses and charging stations from different manufacturers can be used together. The aim is to facilitate the introduction of electric bus systems in cities the world over. OppCharge is now being implemented as a common interface in more than 12 countries. The Heliox’s 20th charging station for electric buses is located in Scandinavia at the Volvo Group R&D premises in Gothenburg. Heliox charging systems can currently charge up to 450kW and in the nearby future it will be possible to charge 600kW. The commissioning of the charging system at Volvo premises marks for Heliox the start of cooperation between Volvo and Heliox. The cooperation is already about to be proven in reality where the first customer receives its electric buses and chargers in Luxembourg in May this year.
April 24, 2017 - Four more BYD ebuses for Turin, Italy
Turin bus operator GTT has ordered four more pure electric ebuses built by the Chinese manufacturer BYD. The four electric city buses will join the fleet of 16 units commissioned last September to BYD who won the country’s first big tender for 19 pure electric buses in a length of 12 m. (16 for GTT and 3 for SUN Novara). The fleet composed of 20 ebuses, will be in service from September 2017 on the Turin urban-suburban transport networks managed by GTT. BYD will also provide full service support for 10 years. “This further order from GTT underlines the importance of the Italian market to BYD alongside the UK and France. Our European sales are making good progress and we look forward to improving them”, said Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe.
April 24, 2017 - Hermes' milestone with VDL electric buses
One million kilometers with the 43 VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses in service since last December in Eindhoven, Netherlands. It's the electric milestone reached on April 18, 2017, by Dutch transport company Hermes (part of Connexxion Nederland, which in turn falls under the French parent company Transdev). With the delivery of the 43 Citeas SLFA Electric to Hermes, the Dutch province of North Brabant has Europe's largest operational zero emission bus fleet. The buses will have their batteries topped up periodically so as to have sufficient range to be kept in service all day. VDL also delivered the charging stations and supplies them with power in cooperation with the electricity supplier. The buses operate at full capacity clocking up over 9,000 km every weekday. Several buses even cover more than 340 km per day on their own. "The big winners at this milestone, however, are the Eindhoven residents themselves", stated VDL Bus & Coach, "Because, with these million zero emission kilometres, emissions of NOx have been reduced by no less than 4.7 tonnes and emissions of CO2 by over 1,000 tonnes. This achievement after just 4 months of operation is very promising for the future indeed.” The VDL Citea SLFA Electric model is a 18.1 m bus with a futuristic BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design, recently honoured with the Red Dot Award 2017.
April 20, 2017 - Red Dot Award to the VDL Citea SLFA Electric bus
VDL Bus & Coach has been awarded for its Citea SLFA Electric bus model. The vehicle has won the 2017 Red Dot Award in the ‘Product Design’ category. The Red Dot Award is a prestigious international design prize conferred annually by the ‘Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen’ in Essen, Germany. More than 5,500 entries from 54 countries were submitted this year. The jury was unanimous in its praise of the design of the articulated VDL Citea SLFA Electric bus model. 'The conferral of an award by the highly critical Red Dot jury is a sign of excellent design quality and represents a successful design policy”, says Professor Peter Zec, the founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award.
April 19, 2017 - 314 ADL buses for Stagecoach Group
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has been awarded over 90% of the total contract of new vehicles for Stagecoach Group, as a result of the Group’s annual competitive tender process. The 314 ADL vehicles will be delivered by the end of April 2018 and introduced in Stagecoach’s regional bus operations in England, Scotland and Wales as well as on the megabus.com and Scottish Citylink coach networks. Manufactured in ADL’s plants in Falkirk, Scarborough and Guildford, the fleet of 181 Enviro400 double deck buses, 102 Enviro200 midi and single deck buses and 31 Plaxton coaches will all be equipped with innovative technology to minimise environmental impact while delivering a premium on-board passenger experience with comfortable, modern interior styling and USB charging points. The vehicles will be equipped with an innovative technology to minimize the environmental impact thanks to the 'stop-start' engine device. This innovation automatically disables the engine at the stop with the opening of the door, then restarting the closure. The cut of gaseous emissions and noise at stops greatly improves the air quality in the vicinity of the vehicle as well as the experience of the passengers on board.

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