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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.

November 28, 2017 - MB Citaro Electric: the first customer
It's Rhein Neckar Verkehr GmbH the first company to order the Mercedes-Benz Citaro with fully electric drive. The Memorandum of understanding was signed the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH. End of 2018 is the scheduled period for the first vehicles deliveries, and then the vehicles will go into practical operation in the Rhein-Neckar metropolitan region as part of customer trials. The fully electric Mercedes Benz Citaro will be manufactured at the EvoBus plant in Mannheim, their Centre of Competence for city buses. It is powered by electric wheel hub motors at the rear axle and it receives its drive energy from lithium ion batteries. The modular design of the battery pack allows individually customised solutions to match a wide range of applications and requirements in city traffic. Mercedes Benz can also optionally supply the Citaro with intermediate recharging solutions. One of the particular features will be the precise refined thermal management of the bus's drive and climate control systems which reduces energy consumption significantly. As a result the range without changing the size of battery will be extended.
Nov. 28, 2017 - Irizar: the largest contract for BRT system
Amiens Metropole, a city in Northern France, has entrusted Irizar with the installation of its BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system, on three of its lines. The contract, signed by the Group’s company Irizar e-mobility, includes 42 18-m articulated buses. The Irizar ie tram model is a 100% electric bus with a capacity of 155 seats. The project includes the installation of opportunity charging stations by pantograph and other smart charging stations at the depots. The vehicles for Amiens Metropole will be manufactured in the new Aduna plant that has been operating at full capacity since last year. The new order takes the existing portfolio to 69 units of such model.  
November 23, 2017 - 541 Scania chassis for GAZ Group
Scania Rus LLC will supply 541 chassis to GAZ Group for the production of their LiAZ Voyage intercity buses. This is the biggest order placed by GAZ Group since 2014, when Scania delivered more than 700 chassis for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games. The new buses are part of a public transport upgrade program by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. Deliveries of the chassis began in October 2017 and will continue until March 2018. Assembly will take place at the Likino Bus Plant before being put into service on urban, suburban and intercity routes by Mostransavto. "The combination of the Scania chassis and the LiAZ body were chosen with Russian operational conditions in mind", said Scania. "Covering the Moscow region requires servicing routes of up to 500 kilometres. The new buses will be one of the first steps in improving the Moscow region’s public transport infrastructure". GAZ Group started using Scania chassis for its Cruise touring coaches in 2004. In total, Scania provided more than 2,200 chassis to the Russian manufacturer.
Nov. 23, 2017 - Volvo Buses: the largest order for hybrid buses
The Australian company Latrobe Valley Bus Lines (LVBL), based in Melbourne, has placed an order for eight Volvo B5LH hybrid buses. It's the biggest order to date in this market and it follows a successful 12 month trial of a Volvo hybrid bus. The hybrids, to be bodied locally in Melbourne by Volgren, will be delivered over the next three years, with the first three going into service in 2018. The hybrid buses will feature low floor layouts to improve passenger access and safety. In total, Volvo Buses has sold more than 3,500 hybrids worldwide. The biggest markets are the UK, Colombia, Spain and Sweden.
November 21, 2017 - MAN invests in its production sites
MAN will invest about 2.4 billion euros in modernizing its production sites by 2020. Of these, 1.1 billion will be invested only in Munich between 2015 and 2020. In addition to the construction of a new cogeneration plant and other projects, such as the expansion of the bodywork department, a new painting plant was inaugurated by the deputy mayor of Monaco Josef Schmid. The settlement extends over five levels and has a total area of ​​18,000 square meters in a building of 150 meters long and about 30 meters high, for an investment of about 85 million euros. MAN is also developing an important project at Allach, always in Munich, to revolutionize research and development. The new MAN Development Center building will be inaugurated in January 2018 and will cost approximately 90 million euros. In the future about 360 engineers will be engaged in trucks and buses here, with another 100 employees in the workshop. The building has a total area of ​​33,000 square meters and prototypes will be created using state-of-the-art prototyping techniques such as 3D printing.
Nov. 21, 2017 - The electric bus Aptis under test in Strasbourg
From November 20 to 24, the Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS) is being testing the electric bus Apris under real conditions with passengers on board. Presented in March 2017, Aptis is the 100% electric bus co-developed by Alstom and NTL. Inspired by trams, it's fitted with wide doors and windows, low floor and four guide wheels that help minimize the area taken up when turning (25% less than a conventional bus). It can be charged in depot at night but Alstom will also offer a quick charging solution at the terminus of each line via a reverse pantograph, using SRS, Alstom's innovative static recharging system. Two Aptis prototypes were produced in NTL's Duppigheim facility: a two-door version tested in Paris on the RATP network, in Lyon, Belgium, and now in Strasbourg and a three-door version currently in a one-year trial run on the Keolis network in Ile-de-France. “This experiment will help test Aptis' special features in a new urban setting”, stated Alstom in a press release, “prove its ability to fit with existing transport networks, and test its range following successful initial trials in Ile-de-France, Lyon, and Belgium".
November 21, 2017 - News from Iveco Bus and Skoda Electric
A new generation of trolleybuses will be manufactured by Iveco Bus in collaboration with the Skoda Electric partner. The official announcement at Busworld Europe 2017. These trolleybuses will be featured by innovative solutions such as the "In-Motion Charge" technology which combines the use of two catch rods and energy storage in the battery. The new trolleybus will be offered in the Urbanway and Crealis BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) ranges from 12 and 18 meters in length. "Iveco Bus has long experience in the trolleybus industry," pointed out the CNH Industrial's brand, "and counts more than 800 units sold in Europe, including the recent delivery of 49 Crealis to Bologna, Italy. This new development was possible thanks to the partnership with Skoda Electric, the European leader in the trolleybus technology. This choice is a natural result of a nearly 20-year-old partnership between the two brands and the Skoda's leading position, which counts 15,000 vehicles equipped with this technology already in circulation in Europe".
Nov. 17, 2017 - Mercedes-Benz do Brasil: large order in Ecuador
More than 300 Mercedes buses for Ecuador. Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has won the tender for this large scale order and by the end of the year the Brasilian branch of Mercedes-Benz will deliver these city buses and touring coaches, including 70 vehicles for long distance connections. The first units are already on the streets of Guayaquil, Cuenca and Ecuador’s capital Quito. The robust and comfortable buses out of the plants of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil are well suited for Ecuadorian road conditions. An important factor for the buyer’s decision was the extensive Mercedes-Benz service stations network. During the first three quarters of 2017 the bus sales of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil were on a rise. In South America (without Mexico) the brand with the star delivered around 9,500 buses, 29 percent more than last year.
November 17, 2017 - Iveco and All Blacks still together
Iveco renews its support to the New Zealand's All Blacks rugby champions for the "Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour" which started on November 4th in London with a team win and will end in Cardiff, Wales, on November 25th. As a supporter of the New Zealand team, Iveco will provide three vehicles for transporting players and executives during the tour: a Magelys coach and two Daily Hi-Matic minibuses. In addition, a vehicle signed by all the All Blacks champions (Daily Hi-Matic All Blacks) will be beaten on the CharityStars fundraising online platform (www.charitystars.com) until November 30th. The money earned will be donated to UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. Iveco also produced a special limited edition of Daily Hi-Matic featured in team colors, for sale in France and Italy until July 2018.
November 15, 2017 - Solaris' record contract in Lithuania
The Polish manufacturer signed a contract with the Vilnius bus operator UAB „Vilniaus viešasis transportas” for the supply of 150 new generation Urbino buses. The contract worth in total over EUR 40 million is the biggest one for a one-off delivery of buses in Lithuania since 1990. The order includes one hundred 12-metre buses with Euro 6 Cummins engine and fifty articulated buses with Euro 6 DAF engine. Delivery of the first unit is scheduled in March 2018 and by the end of the next year all the vehicles will be delivered. The buses will be fitted with full air conditioning, WiFi, USB ports, information system, CCTV, breathalyser and Economiser to take under control fuel consumption and driving style.
November 15, 2017 - A large order for VDL Bus & Coach in Belgium
The Flemish transport company De Lijn has ordered 66 VDL Citea SLE hybrid buses and 55 VDL Citeas SLE in the diesel version. The vehicles will be produced at the VDL Bus Roeselare plant. All the buses are to be delivered in 2018 and early 2019 and will be deployed on various lines in Flanders. The Citea SLE-120 hybrid is 12 m. long and is is equipped with a serial hybrid system with Stop&Go function. "The vehicles for De Lijn", pointed out VDL Bus & Coach, "are designed in such a way that they can move off from traffic lights and bus stops using only the electric motor, without starting the diesel engine. The concept of this Citea SLE Hybrid is modularly customizable to enable even longer journeys to be driven purely electrically. By using an inverted pantograph and a larger battery pack, the electrical autonomy is further increased". The Citea SLE-120 is also 12 meters in length and is powered by a Euro 6 Cummins ISB6.7E6C engine.
November 15, 2017 - Mercedes-Benz Citaro with all-electric drive
The world premiere in September 2018 at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover and series production starting in autumn 2018. This is the plan announced by Mercedes-Benz for the launch of a city bus with all-electric drive system based on the best-seller Mercedes Citaro. "Prototypes have already successfully undergone initial winter testing in icy temperatures at the Arctic circle as well as summer testing in the heat of Spain's Sierra Nevada. The bus is so well-proven that the brand is already tendering for contracts", stated Mercedes-Benz in a press release. The all-electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro is powered by electric wheel hub motors at the rear axle, a system already proven over recent years in the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid. It receives its drive energy from lithium-ion batteries and it can be charged from a power socket at the depot or, as an option, through one of a range of intermediate recharging solutions. "The modular design of the battery pack means that individually customised solutions can be devised to match a wide range of applications and requirements in city traffic", pointed out the manufacturer, "One of the particular features of the Citaro with all-electric drive will be the meticulously refined thermal management of the bus's drive and climate control systems. This thermal management reduces energy consumption significantly and is tantamount to extending the range of the bus without changing the size of battery".

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