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February 28, 2018 - Dotto Trains chooses Allison
Allison automatic transmission on the Muson River tourist train, the top model of the Dotto Trains range. Muson River features a five-speed Allison Series 2500 transmission combined with a Euro 6 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine. Unlike manual or automated gearboxes, Allison transmissions feature 'Continuous Power Technology' which allows the power of the engine to be transmitted to the wheels without interruption. «The choice of Allison automatics for Dotto was mainly driven by requests coming from foreign markets, where this type of transmission goes the most», explains Fausto Rebuffoni, Managing Director of Ofira Italiana, Allison's Italian distributor consulted in 2012 to collaborate to the new 'automatic' version of the Muson River 2x4 version. Dotto Trains is an Italian company based in Castelfranco Veneto and specialized in the construction of tourist trains starting from 1962. Over 2,500 the units sold to date all over the world.
Febr. 27, 2018 - Mobility on-demand: test by moovel in Karlsruhe
The moovel Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, and the transport company Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) will test an on-demand shuttle service during the IT-Trans exhibition in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 6 to 8 March. During the three days of exhibition, both visitors and citizens can book their trip through the app "KVV.mobil" and be transported to the chosen destination on board a minivan, without being bound a fixed timetable. The shuttle will be shared by several passengers at the same time. An algorithm will calculate the fastest route to one of the over 100 stops. During the testing phase, the new service will be free of charge. The new mobility service is based on the on-demand platform from moovel, which enables the operation of a demand-oriented, flexible fleet using intelligent journey management ("routing") and the grouping of journey requests ("pooling"), and will initially include ten Mercedes-Benz V-Class vehicles.“People's mobility behavior is changing rapidly due to digitalization. We have to respond to this trend. In Karlsruhe, many new mobility options for the future are being developed and tested, such as the test area for autonomous driving,” says Karlsruhe’s Lord Mayor, Dr. Frank Mentrup.
February 26, 2018 - Indcar school buses in Veneto, Italy
In February the Spanish manufacturer Indcar delivered to Turazza Trasporti three buses for the transport of students. The model chosen by the Italian operator is Mobi. It's built on Iveco chassis and fitted with 49 seats. The deal was carried out through Stefanelli Spa, Iveco Bus dealer for the Triveneto area and one of the main commercial partners of Indcar in Italy. Turazza Trasporti is a family-run company established in 2000. It's part of Consorzio Euro Bus Verona, of which it was a promoter, an association that manages 85% of the private transport in the area.
Febr. 23, 2018 - Solaris hybrid buses ordered in Szczecin, Poland
Solaris Bus & Coach has signed a contract in the Polish town of Szczecin for the supply of 16 Urbino buses with serial hybrid drive. The order includes 8 articulated vehicles and 8 12-metre ones. This is the second-largest Polish contract for Solaris hybrid buses this year. The electric engine is powered from a power storage facility. That device, in turn, is charged through a generator using a diesel engine with a capacity of merely 4.5 litres, for a 12-metre vehicle. A zero emission function is available in the new Solaris Urbino hybrid which renders the vehicle similar to an electric bus. Thanks to the installation of the Stop-and-Go system, the diesel engine turns off completely during stopovers at bus stops and the opening of doors, but it turns on again immediately after the supercapacitators run out of power. A GPS has been installed in the vehicle, too, including corresponding software that allows for the activation of the Arrive-and-Go function. This option allows to switch off the diesel engine as the bus is approaching a bus stop. Solaris Bus & Coach stated: "Various tests have shown that owing to this environmental-friendly feature the bus is able to save up to 20 percent of the fuel needed by similar vehicles with a conventional drive."
February 22, 2018 - Otokar will supply 400 buses to Bucharest
The European branch of the Turkish producer, Otokar Europe SAS, has been awarded by Bucharest Municipality for delivery of 400 buses. The contract is worth 98.3 million euro in total. This is Turkey’s highest bus export in a single deal. Delivery of the first 100 buses is planned for this summer and the remaining 300 for next year. "With this contract we have also broken our own record for bus exports", said Serdar Görgüç, Otokar General Manager. "In addition to offering new generation inner city buses with lengths ranging from 10 metres to 18 metres to the people of Bucharest, we will also provide aftersales services for eight years to Bucharest Municipality.”
February 20, 2018 - Iveco Bus: ITxPT protocol for its range
Sharing the same language and the same network with obvious advantages in terms of services, performance, maintenance. This is the objective of ITxPT (Information Technology for Public Transport), an association founded by the UITP together with numerous industrial and transport partners, including Iveco Bus. Among the objectives, to cooperate in the implementation of standards for plug-and-play IT systems applied to public transport. In this regard, Iveco Bus informs in a press release that "it provides the electrical architecture and physical space necessary to apply ITxPT services to its range of urban, intercity and tourism vehicles". This new architecture standardizes the electrical and computer connections of vehicle on-board devices (auxiliary systems, passenger information systems, destination indicators, ticket management, transmission of routes, passenger counting, video surveillance, etc.), as well as back-office systems (server, software compatibility, etc.). Thanks to the new standard, the parties involved can benefit from a simplified set of ITxPT certified equipment that share the same language and network, for a simpler and faster installation and a better after-sales service. Transport operators will also benefit from improved performance in terms of integration and interoperability. The advantages are not limited only to on-board functions, as ITxPT protocols also concern the processing and transmission of data to the operator or customer.
February 16, 2018 - Double-deckers on MAN chassis in Australia
Since the end of last year, 38 double-decker buses on MAN A95 chassis have been operating in Sydney, Australia. They were bodied by the Malaysian body manufacturer Gemilang while the MAN A95 chassis were supplied by Penske Commercial Vehicles, MAN Truck & Bus’ sales partner in Australia and New Zealand. The low-floor bus chassis is powered by a 320 hp (235 kW) six-cylinder diesel engine in compliance with Euro 5. It's mated to the ZF Ecolife automatic transmission with integrated hydraulic retarder. Among the various safety features, the electronic brake system (EBS), electronic stability program (ESP) and rollover protection (ROP). “After various successful projects with the MAN A95 chassis in Singapore and Hong Kong, this marks a further expansion of our presence on the market and we are delighted to have now made it into the double-decker city bus segment in Australia as well”, said Christian Schuf, Head of Sales & Product Bus MAN Truck & Bus Asia Pacific. “In order to continue to meet the wide range of market requirements, the A95 chassis has also been available with the Euro 6c exhaust version since the beginning of the year”.
February 16, 2018 - Irizar 100% electric buses in Madrid
On February 7, Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT) based in Madrid presented its first 100% electric buses. They are 15 12-meter Irizar ie buses with a capacity of 76 passengers and a daily range declared by the manufacturer of over 200 km. The vehicles are fitted with the Eco Assist system which assists the driver in real time to optimize driving while reducing energy consumption and increasing autonomy. Irizar e-mobility also provided 15 chargers for overnight charging in the depots. The vehicles will provide service on the three lines in the center of Madrid. The Irizar ie bus is already in circulation for almost four years in a dozen European cities. The 18-meter electric version, the Irizar ie tram presented at the end of 2017, received the awards Bus of the year 2018 in Spain and Ecological industrial vehicle 2018 in Spain.
February 9, 2018 - Solaris signed another contract in Düsseldorf
Rheinbahn focuses again on the Solaris technology. The public transport provider based in Düsseldorf has awarded the Polish manufacturer for the supply of 74 articulated Urbino 18 buses. It's one of the biggest tender ever scored by Solaris for its 18-metre new generation Urbino buses. With a capacity of 100 passengers (41 people seated, the buses will be powered by a 240 kW DAF engine (Euro 6) mated to a Voith Diwa 6 transmission. They will be fitted with LED external lighting, Spheros air-conditioning, USB ports, Internet WiFi, ticket vending machines and a passenger counting system. In Germany the same model can be also seen in Dortmund, Leipzig, Hagen and Kassel. Over 3,000 Solaris buses and trolleybuses are in the streets of Germany.
February 8, 2018 - VDL Citea Electric buses in Luxembourg
Today the operator Voyages Emile Weber put into service the first 7 Citeas Electric in Luxembourg. These Citeas LLE-99 Electric are 9.9 meter in length and will cover a distance of some 1,400 km a day. They are charged during the day through an opportunity charging. The buses are slow-charged at night and supplied with energy again via a pantograph on the roof or a plug. As the system supplier, VDL is responsible for delivering both the electric buses and the charging stations, including installation, and for implementing the project.
February 8, 2018 - BYD ADL pure electric buses in London
Another fleet of BYD ADL pure electric buses took over operation of a fourth London bus route. It's the route 153 operated by Go-Ahead London on behalf of Transport for London (TfL). The new fleet consists of 11 of the 10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deckers, similar to others operated by Go-Ahead. Other routes and operators will receive fleets of BYD ADL electric buses in the coming months following tender wins by the partnership. BYD sold over 14,000 electric buses globally in 2017 and, in partnership with ADL, single deck market leader in the UK, its fleets in London, Liverpool and Nottingham have already accumulated well over a million miles of emissions free operation on UK roads.
February 6, 2018 - Solaris electric buses for the Italian market
On February 3, Solaris Bus & Coach handed over 12 electric buses to the ATB company based in Bergamo, Italy. These are the first vehicles of this type in Italy, manufactured by a Polish producer. In March this year, there will be another 10 Urbino electric buses that will be supplied to ATM Milan. The Urbino electric model for the Italian market is powered by axles with integrated 2 x 125 kW traction motors. Electricity is stored in a set of Solaris High Energy batteries with a total capacity of 240 kWh. The Italian market is an important one for Solaris Bus & Coach which has so far delivered nearly 850 vehicles. In 2017 alone, there were 225 Solaris buses delivered to Italy. The largest contract for the Polish manufacturer also comes from the Italian market: 360 InterUrbino buses ordered by COTRAL in Rome.

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