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June 14, 2017 - 242 MAN Lion's City buses for Riyad, Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian bus operator SAPTCO (Saudi Public Transport Company) and the French public transport company RATP Dev (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) signed a contract for 242 MAN Lion’s City M city buses. The contract was signed last May at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit held in Montreal, Canada. The 242 buses are scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2019. These will be the first MAN buses on the roads of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyad. The importer Haji Husein Alireza & Co. Ltd. (HHA) will manage the delivery of these buses and work closely with the customer The 242 low floor city buses will be 10.5 metres long and feature Euro 5 engines (290 hp / 213 kW). To meet the demanding requirements of transportation in Riyadh, the bus offers generous space and boasts 29 comfort seats with ample legroom, tinted windows and high-performance air conditioning. Like the interior, the exterior has been especially designed to meet the customer’s requirements, including creating a unified identity for the new public transport network. SAPTCO und RATP Dev have worked together as the joint-venture Public Transport Company (PTC) since 2014 and are in charge of building up a public transport network in Saudi-Arabia from scratch. The Paris-based RATP Dev is responsible for operations, while SAPTCO takes over the fleet management. In total, they plan to build up 100 routes with 1,000 vehicles.
June 14, 2017 - Indcar Next L8 for Autoservizi Tempesta
Indcar Italy delivered to the Italian bus operator a midibus from the Next L8 series. The vehicle is 8,66 m. long and 3,34 high. It is built on a Mercedes-Benz Atego 1024L chassis with a 6-cylinder in-line Euro 6 engine (238 hp /175 Kw). Passengers on board are up to 33 plus guide and they sit on reclining upholstered seats. The vehicle will be used for transfer services from the airport to the city center. Autoservizi Tempesta is a family-run company specializing in bus coach hire with more than 50 years of experience on the road. The fleet includes passenger cars, minibuses and touring coaches from 7 to 55 seats.
June 14, 2017 - A new model in the VDL Futura range
VDL Bus & Coach has expanded the Futura range with the new FHD2-135 in a length of 13.5 metres. Its plus is the huge luggage space (over 12 m3) and the maximum seating arrangement (63+1+1). This seating arrangement is unique on a 2-axle coach. The new 2-axle FHD2 is placed between the 13.1 meter FHD2 131 (on two axles) and the 13.9 meter FHD2 139 (on three axles) VDL Futura FHD2-135 is a coach for first-class travel, from day trips to multi-day trips abroad. This new length version is also suited for long-distance intercity transport. Due to a recent relaxation of regulatory restrictions, the maximum length of a two-axle vehicle is now 13.5 metres. Thanks to a sharp steering angle of 60 degrees, the FHD2-135 is very agile and easy to manoeuvre. The FHD2-135 comes standard with a DAF MX-11 271 engine (271 kW – 370 hp) and is optionally available with a DAF MX-11 320 engine (320 kW – 440 hp). For the coach operator the Futura FMD2 means Profit of Ownership. A low kerb weight, reduced fuel consumption, high passenger capacity, lots of luggage space and a low kilometre price make the Futura FHD1 an extremely profitable investment.
June 13, 2017 - A new winter tyre for city buses by Nokian Tyres
The Finnish producer has launched the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus tyre. It is designed to endure the wear and tear of city streets, and get there on time, even on snow and slush. Among its main features, the all-position tyre for city bus use, protection against curb scratching with reinforced sidewalls, better mileage thanks to minimal heel/toe wear, good grip even when worn with Spiral Sipe System and approved winter grip with the 3PMSF marking. “This is a full-fledged city tyre with a deep, aggressive tread pattern and reinforced sidewalls”, says Teppo Siltanen, Product Manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres. “It has plenty of sturdy rubber.” When Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus wears out, its sturdy carcass can be retreaded with the compatible Noktop City tread. This means considerable savings in tyre costs. The 275/70R22.5 version will be available in the third quarter of 2017 while the 295/80R22.5 variant will come in 2018.
June 9, 2017 - Scania Hispania humanitarian aid to North Africa
15,000 euros in aid and 500 kg of food for the disadvantaged populations of North Africa. This is the contribution of Scania Hispania, the Iberian branch of the Swedish Group, within the humanitarian project 'En Ruta Solidaria' in favor of Mauritanian marginalized people with direct aid. Scania's fundraising has been possible thanks to a mobilization of its entire network, from employees to customers, with the purchase of solidarity calendars produced by the brand. The sale of these calendars generated a turnover of 6,500 euros, then doubled by Scania. This amount will be used to purchase food and other needs in addition to transport costs. In addition another 2,000 euros came from the donation of Scania clothing. 500 kg of food, the result of the 'Operation Kilo' campaign organized by Scania at all dealers in Spain, will be delivered to Mauritania and Mozambique by direct carriage with Scania vehicles without intermediaries.
June 8, 2017 - AEP has won a tender in France for the e-ticketing
It is an Italian company, AEP Ticketing Solutions, to award the renewal of the TADAO (Transdev) electronic ticketing system in Lens, France, in addition to developing interoperability with the Pass-Pass regional card. The tender has been awarded by the Syndact Mixte des Transports Artois-Gohelle for a total amount of € 6,196,110 euros. The system, based on AEP famous application suite "ET - The Easy Ticketing", includes, amongst other things, over 120 self-service RTVM-I Vending Machines for the new four BHNS (BRT) lines and includes the new Futura 3B/E validators. This device offers all the certifications required for the EMV processing of bank cards. "Once again AEP confirms the superiority of its offer," said Saverio Bettini, Chief Executive Officer of AEP, "which is able to beat important international competitors in a country such as France, notoriously one of the most experienced and demanding countries in terms of electronic ticketing."
June 6, 2017 - MAN is developing a more efficient hybrid bus
As a partner of the EcoChamps consortium (European Competitiveness in Commercial Hybrid and AutoMotive Powertrains) MAN is developing a hybrid bus up to 20% more efficient. Within the European Union-funded research project "Horizon 2020", the consortium (26 partners) aims to develop an efficient, compact, robust and convenient hybrid transmission for the various intended purposes. In this regard, MAN is developing a concept bus with electric drive. "Depending on the needs of the customer," explains MAN Truck & Bus, "several sources of energy can be integrated, such as a diesel or fuel cell generator. This will also make it easier to install an additional propulsion power module to an electric vehicle only when it is in storage. " The official presentation of this hybrid bus is forseen in the fourth quarter of 2017.
May 27, 2017 - Iveco Daily Minibuses at the G7 Summit in Italy
Iveco and Iveco Bus are partners of the sustainable mobility at the G7 Summit under the Italian Presidency (Taormina, May 26-27). On that occasion, Iveco Bus has provided three Daily Minibuses: a pair powered by natural gas and an electric one. All the vehicles are used for the transportation of delegations, ministers, officials and personalities at the Summit. The vehicles will also be used for the related G7 summit events, which will take place in October in many Italian cities, including Bologna for the Environment Summit in June and Turin for the Technology and Industry conference scheduled in September. The electric version of Daily Tourys is 7.12 mt long and has a capacity of 16 seats. "Compared to the previous Daily Electric models," Iveco Bus stated in a press release, "the new version achieves an autonomy of 110 or 160 km, respectively, with two or three batteries, a 25% higher efficiency, an additional payload of 100 Kg and an increased battery life of 20%». The two Natural Power Daily Minibuses with CNG technology are equipped with a 3-liter engine with 136-hp and a 350-Nm torque, the best in the category. "Natural gas today is a mature technology," pointed out Iveco Bus, "available and economically accessible, which can give immediate answers to solve pollution problems, particularly in urban areas, and reducing CO2 emissions."
May 27, 2017 - The new Accumotive's battery factory in Kamenz
Daimler AG has laid the foundation of one of the biggest and most modern battery factories. It's the second factory for lithium-ion batteries of the wholly-owned subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz, Germany. Among the guests of honour at the ceremony there were Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. The factory was built with an investment of around 500 million euros and it is scheduled to go into operation in mid-2018. Covering an area of around 20 hectares, the new plant will quadruple the production and logistics area in Kamenz to a total of around 80,000 square meters. By the end of the decade, Accumotive will have a total of over 1,000 employees. With the Concept EQ, Mercedes-Benz Cars is presenting a new generation of electric vehicles. More than ten new electric passenger cars are scheduled to be launched by 2022: in all segments from smart to large SUVs. The company assumes that the proportion of electric vehicles in the total unit sales of Mercedes-Benz will be between 15 and 25 percent by 2025. Daimler’s commercial vehicle divisions are also consistently driving forward the electrification of their portfolio. After the Vito E-CELL from the year 2011, Mercedes-Benz Vans will go into series with electric transporters beginning next year. Both Vito and Sprinter will be equipped with drive batteries from Kamenz. Daimler Buses is launching a full-electric Mercedes-Benz city bus in series production next year. Prototypes are already on the road.
May 22, 2017 - The first Swiss postbuses produced in UK by ADL
On May 19, 2017, the Switzerland public transport company PostBus presented the first new double-decker bus of the 19 vehicles commissioned to AlexanderDennis. These are the first Postbuses to have been produced in the United Kingdom and the first ever British double-deckers in Switzerland. The vehicles ordered are based on their Enviro500 standard model, but the company has adapted them to PostBus’s needs and Swiss regulations. They are 13 metres long, 4 metres high and meet the Euro 6 emission standard. They offer 78 seats and 55 standing spaces and are equipped with three doors instead of two, two sets of stairs to the top deck and dual display screens and free WiFi on the both decks.
May 19, 2017 - VDL electric buses for the Dutch company Qbuzz
The public transport company Qbuzz based in Groningen, the Netherlands, has placed an order for ten VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses with BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design. The 18.1m articulated buses will be put in service on the first fully electric Q-link bus lines in Groningen from December 11, 2017. The buses are based on the principle of opportunity charging so they are charged during service, along the line. VDL not only supplies the buses but is also responsible for the complete system and provides installation of the charging stations as well. By 2030 the Netherlands’ entire bus fleet, and thus all buses in Groningen, must operate with zero emissions.
May 16, 2017 - The Plaxton coaches winners at UK Coach Rally
Four Plaxton coaches have been honoured with trophies at the UK Coach Rally (Blackpool, May 6-7), the highly demanding driving competition whose first event way back in 1955. The rally involves drivers in manoeuvering today’s huge vehicles in tight spaces, driving them safely and getting the indiustry’s passengers to their destination in a calm, friendly and relaxing manner. Damory Coaches took away the Top Touring/Express Luxury Coach trophy with their Plaxton Elite, a 12.6m model on the Volvo B11R chassis. Top Mini/Midi went to York Pullman for their Plaxton Cheetah XL built on a Mercedes-Benz chassis and fitted with 36 seats. Moffat & Williamson took home the Tony Roose Trophy for their three-axle Plaxton Panther. This Volvo B11R-based coach has a stunning road presence with a length of 14 metres, allowing it to seat 61 on comfortable recliners. The winner of the Rita Daziel Trophy for the top coach 25 years or older is the Plaxton Supreme Express New of Bradshaws Travel. New in 1983 but still going strong.

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