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Jan. 26, 2017 - The new Volvo B8L double deck bus chassis
On January 25, Volvo Buses unveiled at the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Hong Kong a new Euro VI double-deck chassis for the demanding high-capacity transport needs in Asia Pacific and beyond. The B8L, 3 axle double deck city bus chassis is manufactured in Borås, Sweden.Powered by Volvo’s proven D8K engine, it delivers 350 hp (258kW) and 1,400Nm of torque between 1,200 and 1,600 engine RPM. The D8K engine is matched with a fully automatic ZF 6AP1600C transmission. The 8 litre engine features common rail technology and more auxiliaries powered electrically than ever before. Electronic Stability Control (ESP), Electronic braking Systems, (EBS), anti-slip, acceleration limiter and hill start-aid all come as standard on the chassis. The B8L can also be fitted with Volvo’s I-Coaching module, a dash mounted device priding instantaneous feedback to driver about their performance. “In response to our customer’s input we have simplified the driveline”, said David Mead, Vice President Asia Pacific, Volvo Buses. “Key to the new design is the direct drive layout with the 8 litre engine and automatic transmission designed to be in-line. This provides a more efficient driveline sure to set new standards for fuel efficiency in this segment.” The new B8L product replaces Volvo’s B9TL with over 4,000 units sold in the Asia Pacific Region.
January 25, 2017 - Solaris bi-articulated trolleybus
The development department of Solaris Bus & Coach is now working on a bi-articulated trolleybus measuring over 24 metres. The driveline will consist of two traction motors propelling two drive axles. A pack of 94 Ah (58 kWh) batteries installed in the bus will be recharged during the drive, collecting current from the overhead line via a bipolar pantograph. The energy accumulated in the batteries will be used to fuel the trolleybus whenever it detaches from the electric traction. In order to ease manoeuvres in urban traffic, the fourth axle will be a steering axle. The vehicle will also be fitted with an electric power steering (EPS) pump. The passenger compartment will be fitted with 53 seats, 16 of which accessible from the low floor, and space for wheelchairs and prams or pushchairs and a bay for bicycle transport. "The idea behind the prototype vehicle - the new Solaris Trollino 24", stated Solaris Bus & Coach, "is to create a platform for the future, serial production of 24-metre hybrid or electric drive vehicles and trolleybuses". The end of the production of the bi-articulated trolleybus is scheduled for mid-2018. Next they will be delivered for test drives to selected European cities and during those rides the vehicle attached to a trolleybus overhead line will undergo further type-approval tests before it can be released for passenger traffic.
January 25, 2017 - Castrosua Magnus.E for Grupo Ruiz
On January 19, the Spanish Grupo Ruiz presented 17 new Magnus.E buses bodied by the Iberian manufacturer Castrosua. Three of these vehicles, destined for Empresa Ruiz, are in class II on a Scania KIB 4 × 2 chassis with natural gas engine. They are 13 m. long and have a capacity for 51 seats for seated passengers plus a wheelchair platform and lift, USB ports for all travelers, air conditioning. The other 14 vehicles, bodied for Empresa Martín, are low-entry vehicles on Scania KUB CNG chassis and MAN A69 chassis. The first measures 10.8 meters and have 34 seats, a wheelchair bay and space for 36 standing passengers. The latter are in two sizes: 10.6 and 13 meters. For both, the equipment includes two doors, automatic and manual ramps, air conditioning, two double USB sockets, LED interior lighting, CCTV video surveillance. Grupo Ruiz has been dedicated to transporting passengers on the road for over 120 years. The attention to the environment has led the company to be the first private operator in the Spanish market for use of natural gas as fuel.
January 23, 2017 - Osnabrück electrifies line 41 and selects VDL
The municipal operator Stadtwerke Osnabrück selected VDL Bus & Coach as system supplier for the upcoming electrification of the local transport. VDL will both deliver the electric buses and charging stations and will handle the roll-out. At the end of 2018 a total of 13 18.1-metre VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses with a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design will be put into service on line 41. "With these vehicles, the line will be the first fully electric line in the city centre," pointed out Dr Stephan Rolfes of Stadtwerke Osnabrück. "A rapid charging station will be placed at both ends of each line, and there will be another in the municipal bus depot. In addition to the rapid charging stations, the bus depot will be equipped with 14 additional charging stations this year. The gradual electrification of local public transport in Osnabrück is an important part of the city and Stadtwerke Osnabrück's joint project Mobile Zukunft. This project includes sustainable mobility concepts, the promotion of environmentally friendly local mobility and the furtherance of e-mobility as well as the stimulation of bicycle use and advancement of public transport.
January 19, 2018 - Large order for Solaris trams in Cracow
The city operator Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne SA (MPK) has signed a framework agreement with the consortium of Solaris Bus & Coach SA and Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o. for the delivery of trams (50 vehicles in total) and an implementation agreement for the first part of the order (35 trams). The low-floor trams will be 33.4 metres long with a total capacity of 227 passengers (5 people/m2). They will be furnished with 80 seats, air conditioning, CCTV cameras, LED lighting, USB ports located in the railings, a modern passenger information system and a passenger counting system. Each tram will be fitted with a special platform for the boarding of persons on wheelchairs. Ticket vendor machines will also be installed, enabling passengers to pay by card or in cash for tickets. A recuperation system will enable the use of energy recovered during braking. In addition, two of the new trams will be featured with an innovative system allowing the tram to move without the need to use traction lines, on a distance of 3 km (the remaining trams will have an installation that can be adapted to this system in the future). The first new trams should make it to Cracow at the beginning of 2020. In line with the agreement, the deal is to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.
January 16, 2018 - A Setra S 417 TC coach at the UMA show
The Setra brand at the 2018 UMA Motorcoach Expo (San Antonio, Texas, January 6-10) organized by the United Motorcoach Association (UMA). An exclusively equipped version of the S 417 TC touring coach was displayed at the stand of the new sales partner REV Coach LLC. The US version of the European Setra TopClass offers space for 56 passengers on Setra Voyage Ambassador seats. The three-axle vehicle produced in Neu-Ulm is fitted with LED daytime running lamps and the environmentally compatible Mercedes-Benz OM 471 LA engine (336 kW). It meets all the criteria of US emissions standard EPA 10 for nitrogen oxides and particulates. The S 417 TC has been available in North America, Canada and Mexico for 15 years now.
January 11, 018 - BYD electric Midibuses ordered in Italy
Four city operators in the Piedmont Region, Italy, have placed orders for a total of 13 BYD pure electric Midibuses, a new model which BYD unveiled at the Busworld Europe last October. The Turin operator GTT is ordering eight Midibuses (which will join its fleet of 20 BYD ebuses), AMAG Alessandria and Buscompany in Saluzzo have ordered two each and Chiesa in Carmagnola another one. All the Midibuses share a standard specification: 8.75m overall length, two doors, low entry steps, total seats -58, two battery packs delivering total power of 174 kWh, in-service range of 150-200km. The buses will be built in BYD’s plants in China and are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2018.
January 11, 2018 - Volvo will test autonomous ebuses in Singapore
First autonomous application in public transport for the Swedish manufacturer. The cooperation agreement signed with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore is based on the research and development program for autonomous electric buses of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. The aim is to create new solutions for tomorrow’s sustainable public transport. Singapore has announced that self-driving buses will be deployed in several areas of the country by 2022. Volvo has already demonstrated the autonomous technology in mining, quarry and refuse collection operations but in public transport it's the first time. The basis of the program consists of two 12-metre Volvo 7900 Electric buses, the same type that Volvo Buses already delivers today. Volvo and NTU will build the autonomous driving solution on Volvo’s platform. One of the vehicles will be used on Singapore’s advanced new test facility for autonomous vehicles, CETRAN, inaugurated in November 2017. The second bus will be used for tests in the bus depot in partnership with the public transport operator SMRT. The cooperative program between Volvo Buses and NTU is now underway and will initially last for two years. The jointly developed autonomous electric buses will arrive into Singapore in the beginning of 2019.
January 8, 2018 - Large order for Solaris trolleybuses in Vilnius
After the order for 150 Solaris buses placed by the Lithuanian transport company UAB „Vilniaus viešasis transportas" (VVT) last November, the Polish manufacturer was awarded again by the same operator for the supply of 41 trolleybuses. All the trolleybuses will be delivered in 2018. The Solaris Trollino 12 vehicles will be equipped, among others, with energy recuperation system, air-conditioned passenger compartment, Wi-Fi Internet, USB charging sockets for passengers and a CCTV monitoring system. One of the additional safety features on board will be a breathalyser, installed in the driver’s cabin and checking the driver’s sobriety before starting the vehicle. The Polish producer delivered the first trolleybuses to Vilnius in 2004. There are nearly 200 vehicles branded Solaris in the cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Panevezys.
January 4, 2018 - BYD articulated ebuses in Norway
On December 21, the transport company Nobina put on service two electric buses in Oslo. The vehicles are produced by the Chinese manufacturer BYD. They are the first articulated electric buses in Norway and the first BYD ebus in a length of 18 mt in operation in Europe. The two electric buses are running on route 31 and 31E, Norway’s heaviest duty routes carrying approximately 15 million customers a year and approximately 50,000 daily travellers. The routes are operated by Nobina on behalf of Ruter (PTA). Other electric buses are on trial in Norway but, unlike them, the BYD articulated ebuses do not use opportunity charging via pantographs and street facilities, but charge at the depot. Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe said: “Conditions in Oslo are challenging for electric vehicles but we have every confidence that our ebuses will perform well in this heavily trafficked route even in the deep cold of the Norwegian winter”.
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.

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