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he Municipal bus company in Warsaw has just leased the cania Rus LLC will supply 541 chassis to GAZ Group for the T new Solaris Urbino 18 electric. It is the first vehicle of that Sproduction of their LiAZ Voyage intercity buses. This is the kind in the Polish capital and one of the first electric articula- biggest order placed by GAZ Group since 2014, when Scania de-

ted buses in Europe. The vehicle is fitted with two e-engines integrated into the drive axle, boasting a power of 120 kW each and high capacity batteries of the Solaris High Energy battery type. With these batteries, stated the manufacturer, the vehicles can cover a travel distance of more than 200 kilometres per charge. Batteries can be charged either through a plug-in connector or via a pantograph. “Leasing and testing that vehicle constitutes the preliminary arrangements to the tender which we want to publish as soon as at the beginning of 2018. The vehicles produced for Warsaw will arrive in two lots: 60 in 2019 and 70 in 2020”, said Jan Kuźmiński, CEO of the Municipal Bus Company.



t’s Rhein Neckar Verkehr GmbH the first company to order the Mercedes-Benz Citaro with fully electric drive. The Memorandum of understanding was signed by the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH. The scheduled period for the first deliveries is the end of 2018 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 the 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.

livered 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. 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.


rom November 20 to 24, the Compagnie des TranF sports Strasbourgeois (CTS) is being testing the electric bus Aptis under real conditions with passen-

gers 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.




miens Metropole, 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.

AN Truck & Bus has just delivered 50 chassis to the M largest bus company in Israel. The MAN A22 chassis will serve as the basis for 12-m city buses bodied by local

manufacturer Haargaz. The two-axle low floor chassis will be fitted with a 320 hp (235 kW) Euro 6 engine. Around 40 of these new city buses based on MAN chassis have already gone into service over the last two months. Egged has a fleet of over 4,000 vehicles, more than 1,500 of which come from MAN. The Israeli company transports just under one million passengers every day and operates almost half of all public transport in Israel. The company’s vehicles cover over 700,000 kilometres on 945 intercity and city lines.

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NEW THE EUROPEAN TROLLEYBUSES MARKET IS DEADLOCKED IVECO-SKODA The will be fitted with a new technology that allows Nearly unchanged the EU 2017 number of registered vehicles to charge while driving and they will be buses until October. Here are the data from the European Automotive Manufacturers Association (ACEA) available on the Urbanway and Crealis range he European bus market stands at the T same levels of 2016, at least for the first ten months of the year. The figure emerges from the economic analysis of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). The target are buses over 3.5 tons registered between January and October 2017 in the EU countries. There are almost 33,000 vehicles in total, 32,859 to be precise, with a margin of + 0.3% over the previous period. Among the relevant markets, Italy stands out with a sharp increase. Registered vehicles amount to 2,849 against 2,165 between January and October 2016, that is an increase of nearly 31,6%. Good performance, also considering the general trend of the market. But for Italy the recovery path is still long. Positive performance also for Spain with

2,944 registered buses and an increase of 13.1%. Margins are considerably lower in Germany (+ 1.8%), where the new buses amount to 5.138. France and the UK continue to lose ground. The former decreases by 11.8% with 4.943 units, while the second by 17.7% with 6.304 units. Even the close Ireland steps back (-19%). In the rest of Europe, the Northern countries are flourishing starting with the Netherlands (+ 40%) followed by Belgium (+ 36.4%), Denmark (+ 26.2%), Luxembourg (+ 14.4%) and Sweden (+10.6%). Many differences in the Eastern basin with the 32.4% decrease of the Czech Republic and the 50.9% increase of Hungary. Greece is still decreasing (-8%).

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Bus marks a further step in the elecInchveco tromobility field and announces the lauof a new generation of trolleybuses,

expanding its Natural Power range of alternative vehicles powered by natural gas and biomethane, and hybrid electric buses. The new trolleybuses will be manufactured in partnership with Skoda Electric and will be equipped with the latest innovations such as the “InMotion Charge” technology (for charging while driving), that combines the electric 2-pole overhead lines with on-board battery energy storage. "With this kind of solution,” explained Iveco Bus at the Busworld Europe 2017 press conference, “a public transport company can design an electric bus route, with a portion of the route without overhead lines, simplifying its deployment and reducing costs and complexity. At the same time, the

operator benefits from an electric vehicle which is powerful in any circumstances, without losing time for recharge. “ The new trolleybuses will be available on the Urbanway range and on the Crealis BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) range, both in 12 and 18 meters. Iveco Bus has a long-lasting experience in trolleybuses with over 800 units sold all over Europe, including the recent delivery of 49 Crealis to Bologna, Italy. "This new development,” pointed out Iveco Bus, “was possible thanks to the partnership with Skoda Electric, the European leader in trolleybus technology. This choice is the natural result of a nearly twenty-year-old partnership between the two brands and Skoda’s leader position, with 15,000 vehicles equipped with this technology already in circulation in Europe”.

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wo days full of topics, proposals, vehicles T to test, meetings and food for thought. And public. This is the “City of the Bus 3.0”, the

event dedicated to specialists organised by Evobus Italy and hosted on November 17-18 at the headquarters in Bomporto, Italy. Starting from the vehicles, spotlight have been focused on the new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo, recently launched at Busworld Kortrijk, and on the latest version of the Setra 531 DT doubledecker coach. On display also the Mercedes Citaro Hybrid (lightweight), a vehicle that in place of batteries uses small supercapacitors that charge while braking or decelerating. It is equipped with electric motor which generates a maximum output of 14k W, 220 Nm of peak torque and 48V electro-mechanical power steering, aluminum rear deck and fuel consumption has been lowered by 8.5%. “The difficult part was to make it easy,” said Michele Maldini, Commercial Director of ‘public customers’ at Evobus Italy. In the near future, 100% electric traction will be implemented with the introduction in 2018 of a fully electric bus. “This vehicle has already been manufactured by our eMobility Consulting, which works with our customers to conduct feasibility studies on eMobility,” said EnoBus Italy’s new Managing Director, Heinz Friedrich. An electric future, then, “but that will inevitably go through the innovation and efficiency of diesel bus fleets that will probably be part of our society for many years.” Hence the commitment to the further development of efficient and sustainable environmentally-friendly vehicles that comply with the EURO VI standards. As far as the Italian market is concerned, the growth already highlighted during the year was confirmed for 2017. “In the tourism sector,” pointed out Friedrich , “sales have been particularly high compared to the average of the last eight years, although the market probably

ALWAYS MORE A DIGITAL PLAYER Vehicles of today and tomorrow, connectivity, sustainability and digital services at the heart of the “City of the Bus 3.0” by Evobus Italy will not reach peak sales of 2016, helped by the Super-Amortization incentive granted by the Italian government. The number of tenders

in local public tansport has grown significantly. The effect of this trend will be seen in 2018. “ During the “City of the Bus 3.0” some of the

topics have been digital services and technology, increasingly present on the Evobus planet: from testing of autonomous vehicles and on-demand transport to the possibilities offered by the Future Bus launched in 2016. “In 2018 we will launch digital connectivity in the Citaro model and in all of our touring coaches”, stated Friedrich. Digitisation includes also services. The latest innovation is OMNIplus ON, the global platform for post-sale services planned for 2018. “With OMNIplus ON,” explained Flavio Chierici, Senior Manager Customer Service & Parts, “a new world of connected services opens up via network: from telematic services with FleetBoard, to continuous monitoring in order to reduce downtime, up to the Driver’s App”. The future has arrived also for OMNIPlus. A further confirmation comes from the development of 3D printing. “Currently, 300 plastic spare parts and over a thousand metal parts out of 317,000 active spare parts are already being produced with the new 3D printer technology.” A real revolution in the management of spare parts. More articles about Evobus:

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INFORMATION IS ON THE NET The “Vehicles” section in the website provides data sheets for all types of buses available on the market, inclusive of photographs, as well as historical profiles and manufacturer’s details. Equally comprehensive information can be found in the “Components” section.

A study recently presented by the Hydrogen Council confirms the role of hydrogen as an important pillar in the energy transition eployed at scale, hydrogen could account D for almost a fifth of total energy consumed by 2050. This would reduce annual CO2

emissions by around 6 gigatons compared to current levels and would contribute around 20% to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius. This is outlined by the Hydrogen Council, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017, in the study entitled ‘Hydrogen, scaling up’. According to this report, hydrogen has the potential to develop 2.5 million dollars of business, thus creating more than 30 million jobs by 2050. The estimated potential of hydrogen is to power 10-15 million cars and 500 thousand trucks by 2030. Overall, the study predicts that the annual demand for hydrogen could increase ten times to nearly 80 EJ in 2050, reaching 18% of total final energy demand in the 2050 two-degree scenario. To achieve these levels substantial investments

are required, approximately 20-30 billion dollars a year for a total of 280 billion until 2030. “The benefits of the fuel cell are convincing,” said Jochen Hermann of Daimler AG, “long range, short refuelling times and all that comes out of the exhaust pipe is water. In addition, the technology offers great opportunities for buses, large commercial vehicles and stationary applications. “ “The solutions are technologically mature and industry players are committed”, added Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide. “We need concerted efforts from stakeholders to make this happen. Leading this effort is the role of the Hydrogen council. “ The launch of the new ‘roadmap’ took place during the Sustainability Innovation Forum. On this occasion, the Hydrogen Council called upon investors, politicians and businesses to join them in order to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen solutions for the energy transition.

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AKASOL - New generation of Akasystem Oem battery system for electric buses. ARCOL Completely integrated rear-view mirrors for coaches.

ZIEHL ABEGG - Second generation of Zawheel system, now powered and equipped with twinnned wheels.

DAF - The power of Paccar MX-11 and MX-13 engines have been decreased to optimize consumption.

ALEX - Serial roof-mounted air-conditioning Aero 5500 with UV protection.

CUMMINS - Battery electric system or coupled to a compact engine. S I M R O L - Multimedia accessories that can be installed on the seatback of passenger seats.

BSPL - Different engine coolers for different fuel used. KONVEKTA - Heat pump for CO2 refrigerant and a new range of roof-mounted airconditioning

ACTIA - 200 kW engine for electric bus drivetrain. LAZZERINI Different passenger seats for every type of bus.

MASATS - It celebrates its first 50th anniversary and displays the latest version of the sliding doors 028C.

ALCOA - Aluminium wheels Dura-Bright EV O with improved treatment.

ALLISON - Available in 2020 the new 9-shift automatic gearbox.

EBERSPĂ„CHER - CO2 continues to be tested as refrigerant in air-conditioning. On the market in 2020.

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ELECTRIC BUSES FOR EVERY USE Record number of visitors at the 24th edition of Busworld Europe. At the forefront eco-sustainable transport proposals


veco Bus expands the Crossway range by Ithree-axle introducing in the Low Entry models the 14.5-meter version intended for city

ch can be powered by both biodiesel and GTL (Gas to Liquids). Another new arrival in the Crossway LE range is the 12-meter Natural or intercity services, with a capacity of 138 Power (NP). In this model, the Cursor 9 NP is passengers in the Class I and 104 in the Class rated at 360 hp, and in addition to natural gas II. It is fitted with two or three entrance doors. can also be powered by biomethane. Even if The engine is the 360-hp diesel Cursor 9, whi- the tanks are mounted on the roof, which has a two-part retractable covering, the height is the same of the diesel version with air conditioning. A new version also for the Daily range with the Start model in a length of 6 meters with an automatic retractable step at the entrance and a seating capacity of 16 passengers. On display also the Daily Tourys and a fully-equipped and multimedia verCROSSWAY LE 14.5 CROSSWAY LE NP sion of the Magelys touring coach. EVADYS


two years ago Busworld in Kortrijk had hit a record number of IF visitors, the 24th edition went even further with visitors amounting to 37,241 (+ 6.6%). These figures confirm the importance of the

event also with regard to the number of exhibitors, with 376 specialists from 36 countries. The importance of the European bus market lies in the over 40,000 vehicles registered every year, and despite a not so striking trend (+ 2,3% in 2016 and 0,3% in the first ten months of this year) the EU is a major business area for industry professionals. Bus manufacturers are determined to take advantage of the growth potential, starting from the ongoing increasing trend towards eco-sustainable solutions. The number of proposals on electric or hybrid traction systems, on display at Busworld Kortrijk, is a further demonstration. Just as the necessary expansion of the business into other areas pushes all European manufacturers, including those from East and the UK (present for the first time at Busworld) to export, to which many Chinese manufacturers are added. In a general overview, that includes all countries, the absence of Italy, where domestic manufacturers have been wiped out over the last few years, didn’t pass unnoticed. The next edition of Busworld Europe 2019 will take place no longer in Kortrijk but in Brussels.


he hybrid version has been added to the T Interlink Low Decker range (12 to 15 meters, with diesel and natural gas motorisa-

roof-mounted inductive charging system. Six vehicles of this type will be tested while in circulation in Östersund (Sweden) until tions). On display at Busworld the 13.2-me- spring 2021. On display also the 12.9-meter ter dual-axle model equipped with a 130 Touring HD coach and the 12.8-meter InterkW electric motor and a 320 hp heat engine link HD coach. (235 kW) with a displacement of 9 l, that is compatible with up to 100% biodiesel and HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil). With this combination, CO2 emissions can be reduced by 90%. Furthermore, Scania premiered also the battery electric Citywide Low Floor bus. It is equipped with 220 kW (295 kW peak power) permanent magnet motor, INTERLINK LD HYBRID CITYWIDE LF ELECTRIC 150 kWh lithium-ion batteries and





SPRINTER CITY 45 TOURISMO RHD revealed on BusToCoach Magazi- with lower fuel savings (8.5% less than the ne in October, Daimler Buses di- diesel version). It will be available upon resplayed four new models at Busworld. Star- quest on all models of the Citaro range equipting with the Mercedes Citaro Hybrid that ped with OM 936 engine, including gas enstands out for the adoption of a light hybrid gine versions. MHEV system (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehi- Public debut for the new range of the Mercle), which is cheaper than a full-hybrid but cedes Tourismo RHD high-deck touring co-




potlight focused on the new MAN Lion’s Coach, on display in the 13.1-meter two-axle version, equipped with D2676 LOH d engine rated at 460 hp (338 kW) and coupled to the automated TipMatic transmission.


Revamped on the outside and in the interior, it now complies with the ECE R66.02 safety standards. The MAN brand displayed also the 13.2-meter Lion’s Intercity C for intercity and interregional services and the 12-meter Lion’s City Hybrid. The Neoplan brand exhibited the double-decker Skyliner and the new Tourliner. The first celebrated its 50th anniversary and the milestone of 5,000 buses delivered. It was on display with the special layout designed by the Bus Modification Center. Revamped in 2016, the Tourliner coach has won this year the MAN LION’S COACH iF Design Award.


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aches, available in lengths from 12.3 to 13.9 meters (see BusToCoach Magazine in July/ August). Still Mercedes with the Sprinter City 45, already well-known but so far only available with right-hand drive. A new arrival for the Setra brand is the

S 515 HDH 14-meter double-decker S 531 DT (see BusToCoach Magazine in September). It is equipped with Sideguard Assist system. As far as safety systems is concerned, Daimler Buses announces that from spring 2018, ABA 4 will be available for the new Tourismo, Setra Comfort and TopClass 500 series.


lmost everything already seen at the A Volvo Buses stand, which has displayed the 7900 electric bus, following

standard. For touring services, however, the Kortrijk Edition special layouts of the 9700 the strategic choice of electric drivetra- and 9900 models were offered in just 10 ins for regular services. Compared to the models each. version presented two years ago, it now features an extended lithium-ion batteries capacity, which can vary from 150 to 200 and 250 kWh, in order to increase the operating autonomy. The choice of battery charging systems has also been expanded. For fast charging at the terminus, the buses can rely on charging stations that use the OppCharge system via a pantograph that lowers 9900 to connect to roof-mounted bars. Alterna9700 tively, it can now also be charged via cable, CCS, which is the E u r o p e a n 7900 ELECTRIC


he ten vehicles on display were poT sitioned at the stand and in the outdoor area, available for road tests. For URBINO 10,5



is expected to be a record year for the Polish manufacturer’s sales. 1,400 buses (1,300 in 2016) are expected to be sold, of which 980 absorbed only by exports. Another interesting data is the number of electric buses sold so far (including hybrids) that reached 2,000 units. To further support the offer in this market segment, Solaris has displayed in Kortrijk the new Urbino 18 Electric. It is equipped with a 240 kW electric motor powered by 240 kWh High Energy batteries that can be charged either via a plug-in connector or via a roof-mounted

pantograph. It can accommodate up to 140 passengers. Three of these electric vehicles have already been sold to MPK in Krakow together with other seventeen 12-meter electric buses. One of these was the bus n. 15,000, which was manufactured in the Solaris plant in Bolechowo. The new Urbino 12, fitted with a serial hybrid drive propulsion system produced by the American BAE Systems, has also been launched. It is equipped with a 120 kW BAE HDD electric motor powered by supercapacitors powered by a Cummins ISB4.5E6 diesel engine rated at 210 hp.


M, the EX15 H and the new EX16 M for the English market. On display also the Exqui.City, represented by the 24-meter Trolley version for the austrian Linz (20 vehicles have been ordered). It is equipped with 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that allows the vehicle to disconnect from the grid and continue on its way autonomously. The two 160-kW electric motors are branded Kiepe Electric .

he Belgian manufacturer, who celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, has displayed almost the full range of models. On display for the TX series, the TX11 Alicron, the TX16 Astron, the TX17 Altano and the TDX27 Astromega. The two-axle versions of the EX series have been completely revamped both on the outside and in the interior (including the new dashboard). On display the EX17 H, the EX16 EXQUI.CITY 24 TROLLEY (Linz)


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URBINO 18 ELECTRIC With the same system, the 18-meter articulated version is also available, obviously equipped with a 300 hp boosted engine and a 200 kW electric motor. Finally, the 10.5-meter Urbino has been added to the diesel vehicles range. It can accommodate up to 90 passengers, 23 of which seated. It is built on the modular chassis of the Urbino 12, with a shortened wheelbase of 4,450 mm. As standard, it is equipped with the Cummins ISB6.7E6C engine rated at 284 hp (209kW), but as for the 12-meter version, it is available also with the DAF MX11 engine.

Van Hool has also unveiled the 18.6-meter Exqui.City hybrid. It is the first vehicle intended to be used for the new BRT system in Belfast operated by Translink (30 units have been ordered by the Ministry of Transport of Northern Ireland for a value of approximately 19 million pounds). The 280-hp diesel engine is branded Cummins while the electric engine is manufactured by Siemens. EXQUI.CITY 18 HYBRID (Belfast)

the Futura family, on display the FHD2 106 and FHD2 135 touring coaches, the FHD2-129 intercity bus and the doubledecker FDD2141, which has been on the market for two years. The two MidEuro and MidCity minibuses on Sprinter chassis could not be missing. For city services, in addition to the FUTURA FDD2 lightweight Citea LLE127, spotlight focused on electric buses, a sector in which VDL can boast about 200 vehicles in circulation and a full range of low floor CITEA SLFA-181 ELECTRIC buses from 10 to 18 meters fitted with batteries rated 85 to 248 kWh. On show, the articulated bus Citea SLFA-181 Electric and the SFL-120 Electric. Five 12-meter models were ordered in October by Stadtwerke Münster, the transport company based in the homonymous German city. They are powered by a Siemens central electric motor and 180 kWh batteries, which can be charged via a front-roof-mounted pantograph, unlike the rear pantograph of the previous model.


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he shrinking of the Turkish domestic T market forced all local manufacturers to increase the share of their production intended for foreign markets. Between 2012 and 2016, Turkish bus exports increased by 36% and by a further 4.8% in the first 8 months of this year. With a strengthened presence in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium, Otokar has increased its sales in Europe by 26% in the


first nine months of this year. At Busworld, Otokar launched the new Touring Coach Ulyso T. It is 10.1 meters long and 2.41 meters wide and can accommodate up to 43 passengers. Completely revamped compared with the Vectio T models, it is equipped with the Cummins engine with power output of 320 hp (233 kW) and it can be coupled to manual or automatic ZF gearboxes. On di-


ood performance also for Temsa. On the Turkish domestic market, it has a share of 31% with 1,055 buses sold in the first nine months of 2017. On the international markets, sales are expected to increase by 43% in terms of value (from 129 million dollars to 185 million dollars) and by 54% in terms of number of vehicles (from 653 to 1,007). Two new models at Busworld Kortrijk: the newly restyled 9.5-meter MD9 touring coach, now equipped with 290 hp or 315 hp engine and the 13.1-meter schoolbus LD SB Plus fitted with 320 hp engine and space for 63 passengers. On display also a TS45 for the American AVENUE ELECTRON


market, where Temsa has 9% market share in the coach segment, a 13-meter Marathon and HD, a 7.7-meter MD7 plus and the 12-meter electric city bus Electron equipped with 320 hp electric motor and 320 kWh NMC lithium-ion batteries.

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splay also a low-floor City Concept, 8.38 meters long and 2.33 meters wide, equipped with a 145 hp (107 kW) Cummins engine mounted on the front right. It can accommodate 21 + 4 seated passengers plus 35 standing. On display also a 12-meter Kent C model equipped with a 280 hp MAN natural gas engine (206 kW), a Vectio C and a 13.26-meter schoolbus Territo U.


exports with a 20% increase on sales in 2017, according to data from Anadolu Isuzu, that has NOVOCITI LIFE displayed the new generation of 7.8-meter Novociti Life equipped with 186 hp FPT rear engine and completely lowered floor. In addition to this, new safety systems and a new 320 hp engine will be available for the 9.5-meter Visigo.


arsan had previewed it at Busworld low floor Atak equipped with 186 hp FTP 2015 but this time has displayed it in engine, and the 8.1-meter Intercity Star the final layout. We are talking about the which can accommodate up to 31 passen5.8-meter Jest Electric gers and features 3.5 low floor minibus. It is GULERYUZ - COBRA GD 272 cubic meters of luggaequipped with a 125 ge space. kW electric motor and Also from Turkey, Gulithium-ion batteries leryuz displayed the rated at 33 or 66 kWh, 12-meter low-floor urthat ensure a range of ban Cobra GD 272 LF 80 and 165 km, respecequipped with 300 hp tively. On display also Mercedes engine and the Jestronic diesel the 11-meter open-air version coupled to audouble-decker Cobra tomatic transmission, equipped with the same the 8.15-meter urban Mercedes engine. KARSAN - ATAK





BMC ew generation of vehicles for the Turkish

N manufacturer. For city services, in addition to the 8.5- and 10-meter Neocity low-flo-

or diesel versions, on display also the Neocity 8.5 EV electric bus, which promises a range of 210 km in the traffic of the city. It is equipped with 235 kW electric motor and 266 kWh lithium-ion batteries. The low-floor Procity CNG equipped with 320 hp Cummins ISL G engine (239 kW) is PROCITY CNG 12 meters long. On display also the Apron intended for airport wide. It is equipped with an Euro IV 185-hp services, which is 14 meters long and 3 meters Cummins engine.



display again the 12-meter Businova (available also in the 10.5-meter version) with the aesthetic attributes of a tram and interior with raised rear. The motorisation comprises a 80 kW diesel motor, a 180 kW electric motor, 132 kWh lithium-ion batteries and a variabledisplacement hydraulic engine to achieve a 300 hp drivetrain. It is available also in the 100% electric version, always with BUSINOVA hydraulic motor.



he French manufacturer, that is part of CNH Industrial (like Iveco Bus), has launched the 12-meter bus of the new GX Li- GX LINIUM nium range intended to BRT services on dedicated lanes. It is available also in an articulated version with diesel, hybrid or battery powered drive train. It stands out for elegant design, seating capacity and innovative equipment. The Heuliez Bus range intended to public transportation is available in four lengths (9.5, 10.7, 12 and 18 meters) and four types of motorisation (hybrid, electric, natural gas and diesel).



reat celebration at the Irizar stand G for the title ‘Coach of the Year 2018’ won by the top touring coach i8 Integral. On display also an i6S and an hybrid version of the i4 intercity. Spotlight were focused, however, on electric vehicles, with the launch in a second exhibition space of two models manufactured in partnership with the new Irizar e-mobility company, which operates precisely in the design of electric buses, charging and energy storage infrastructures. We are talking about the 12-meter i-ebus, already in circulation in a dozen European cities and about the 18.7-meter ie-tram featuring a captivating design. It features 150 kWh LTO lithium-ion


batteries and a synchronous motor rated at 235 kW branded Alconza. On display also the new pantograph that can be connected to the charger in automatic or manual mode.



vailable A for drive tests outside,

the 12-meter electric bus Aptis features roof-mounted batteries and the wheels are APTIS placed at the edges of the vehicle to offer 20 square meters of lowered floor. The engine is rated at 180 kW and has a declared range of 200 km. On display at the stand instead, the SRS ground-based static charging system and the autonomous mini shuttle developed in partnership with Easymile.

he company, which T is part of the CAF Group, has relaunched

its models Teris.10 and Veris.12. The first is a 10.6-meter (available also in the 9.6-meter TERIS.10 version) hybrid bus with a 160 kW diesel engine, a 160 kW electric motor and supercapacitors energy storage system. The Veris is instead a 12-meter full electric VERIS.12 bus powered via a pantograph charger.


part of the ONE minibus series AS built on MB Sprinter that can accommodate up to 25 passengers, launBEULAS GLORY

BEULAS - AYATS ven this year, nothing new from BeuE las that displayed its range of classic models: the 13.9-meter Glory built on

MAN chassis, the 14.1-meter doubledecker Jewel built on Scania chassis and the 7.5-meter Gianino which can accommodate 27 passengers. New, instead, the double-decker Bravo I branded Ayats in the Intercity version which can accommodate up to 108 passengers. On display also the doubledecker full electric bus branded Actia which can accommodate more than 70 passengers, launched at the last edition of the AYATS BRAVO I FIAA exhibition.




he group comprises three companies: T Indcar (based in Spain) with the Wing, Mago and Next models; Indcar Bus (based in

Romania) with the Mobi and Strada models and Indcar-Almotrans (based in Spain) which manufactures components. Sales forecasts for 2017 amount to 417 vehicles, 70% for foreign markets with France, Italy and the countries of central-north Europe at the forefront. On display at Busworld the new generation of Next with the 9.4-meter Next L9 with VIP layout for 34 passengers and powered by the 264-hp DAF-Paccar engine; the new 6.9-meter Strada M2 built on Sprinter chassis with


partnership with Open Top Paris, the IN Spanish coachbuilder displayed in Kortrijk the double-decker open top electric

bis DD built on Scania chassis, the minibus Compa T built on Iveco Daily and VIP layout with 2+1 seating, and the 9-meter Urbis eDDOT. With 12.3 meters in length Voyager GT equipped with Mercedes engiit can accommodate up to 78 passengers. It ne that can accommodate 33 passengers. features a Ziehl-Abegg motorized rear axle with a nominal power of 234 kW and 174 URBIS eDDOT kWh NMC lithium-ion batteries that promise to last f o r 11 . 4 years. On display also the 12-meter diesel version Ur- VOYAGER GT

STRADA M2 VIP layout and a capacity up to 9 passengers and the 8.8-meter Mago 2 built on Iveco CC100 chassis, in the special edition F1 fitted with all the possible accessories, 220 hp engine coupled to an automatic gearbox.


he 18.7-meter SwissTrolley is produT ced by the manufacturer of Bellach in partnership with international partners. The framework is made of aluminum and the drivetrain is ensured by electric motors equipped with permanent magnets on the second and third axles. It can accommodate up to 163 passengers and travel 30 km without overhead lines. SWISSTROLLEY

ched at the FIAA in Madrid, the Spanish coachbuilder also exhibited the new ONE. As its name suggests, it stands out for the plus in elegance, comfort and spaciousness, even in the luggage compartment (2 cubic meters). With 7.43 meters in length and 2.4 meters in width, it can accommodate 20 ONE passengers. On display also the 7.5-meter Tourism XL which can accommodate up to 18 passengers.



or the first time at Busworld, the English manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited, which boasts an annual production of 2,500 buses and a 45% market share in the UK, has displayed its two fortes: the doubledecker 13-meter Enviro500 with the Swiss PostAuto livery (19 vehicles ENVIRO 200 have been ordered) and the 10.5-meter ENVIRO 500 low entry Enviro 200 as representative of a range from 9 to 12.8 meters.



rom Holland, Ebusco has relaunched its 100% electric bus, now renamed Ebusco 2.1. It is a 12-meter bus with aluminum frame and equipped with new asynchronous electric motor rated at 270 kW and lithium-iron phosphate batteries rated at 311 kWh. It pro-


mises a range of 300 km in city services and a capacity of 90 passengers. From Germany, Sileo Gmbh displayed the 12.2-meter electric bus S12 and the 18.3-meter articulated bus S18 built in Turkey by Bozankaya. Both are equipped with 300 and 450


electric bus intended to airport serAN vices is the first model launched by King Long. The APE 14 is 13,875 meters

in length and 3.08 in width and can accommodate up to 108 passengers. The electric motors are placed in the wheel hubs and are powered by 596 volts and 180 Ah manganese-lithium-acid batteries, which can be charged in 18 minutes. Another preview is the KING LONG - APE 14 touring coach C13 HD built on the modular KING LONG - C13 HD platform Lonhwei II. It is a 13-meter bus powered by a 405 hp Cummins engine (298 kW) and 12 m3 of luggage compartment. Also Yutong displayed

two new products from China: the ICe 12 and the GT 12 H. The first is a 12.36-meter electric intercity bus which can accommodate 59 passengers, equipped with 10 packs of lithium-ion batteries for a total capacity of 258 kWh and electric engine rated at 215 kW. The second is a 12.2-meter touring coach which can accommodate 49 passengers and it is equipped with 435 hp DAF engine cou- YUTONG - GT 12 H pled to As-tronic gearbox. YUTONG - ICe 12 The electric city bus E12 was already displayed two years ago.

kWh lithium iron phosphate batteries and ZF electric drivetrain with 120 kW electric motors (two on the 12-meter version and four, on two axles, for the 18- meter version). Both models boast a declared range of 400 km. Plug-in charging system with 40/80 kW standard technolo-

SOR 12 Electric gy or 400 kW power technology. Low-floor 12-meter electric bus also from SOR (Czech Republic). It is equipped with a 160 kW electric motor and 225 kWh NMC batteries. On display also the diesel version equipped with 285 hp (210 kW) FPT engine.


nly electric vehicles at the stand of O BYD. The Chinese manufacturer considered important to exhibit the first bus

built entirely in the Komarom plant (Hungary), which collaborates with the plant of Beauvais (France) in order to cover the needs of European markets. It could only be the revamped 12-meter eBus. On diBYD - eBus 12 splay also the new 8.75-meBYD - MidiBus EL ter low-floor electric midibus with a range of 200 km. A new elec-

tric bus also at the stand of Golden Dragon. This is the 12-meter Pivot low entry battery-powered version (displayed also in the diesel version). It is equipped with LFP batteries and an electric motor rated at 285 kW. New also the 12-meter touring coach Navigator that will soon GOLDEN DRAGON - Pivot EL. comply with the European GOLDEN DRAGON - Navigator standard. It is now equipped with MB Euro V engine.


till China on display. Ankai displayed in S Kortrijk the Big Bus, a 12-meter open air electric double-decker, powered by 293 kW

CRRC - 18 EL


the 12-meter A9 touring coach in European version. Going back to electric buses, on display LiFeCoP04 batteries that take five hours to the 18-meter CRRC equipped with 160 kW recharge, with a range of 191 km (276 km electric motor powered by 122 kWh lithium without air conditioning). On display also batteries that ensure a range of 50 km. On di-



splay also a 12-meter fuel cell equipped with a 150 kW electric motor. At the stand of Higer, the new low-floor electric E12 equipped with Siemens engine with permanent magnets, 720 volts supercapacitors and 500 amperes pantograph charging

system. Onboard there are 30 seats plus a wheelchair area. Branded Higer also the H12 touring coach equipped with 400 hp (296 kW) FPT Cursor 9 engine, coupled to ZF As-tronic gearbox and fitted with complete comfort and safety equipment.



he number of coachbuilders specialised in minibuses at Busworld Europe was impressive. We have counted at least 26, in addition to the well-known Spanish brands, already reported on the previous pages (Indcar, Integralia and Unvi). The largest group came from Turkey (six coachbuilders) followed by Poland (five) and then the UK and Lithuania with at least one coachbuilder each. From Turkey, Erduman displayed, in addition to the minibuses built on Sprinter and Daily chassis, also a 9-meter bus built on MB Atego chassis. From the City to the Vip built on Sprinter or Daily also for Erener, Esref,

Gerbus, Ilesbus and Tekaydinlar. On display also models built on Sprinter and Daily chassis from Poland with Auto Cuby, Bus Factory, Prestige Bus, CMS Auto and Mercus. At the stand of the French Negobus on display the Spanish minibuses of Car Bus. net, including the electric bus Wolta manufactured in partnership with the Italian Rampini. Also from Spain, the minibuses branded Ferqui and the midibus branded Nora built on the Iveco CC100 chassis. Another Sprinter from Greece with Andreas Nikas, while from the Netherlands the Tribus Civitas low-floor electric minibus. An electric minibus also

in the proposals of the English Mellor Coachcraft that debuted at Busworld with the new Orion E, together with the range of diesel minibuses. A Sprinter electric bus with inver-


ted pantograph charging system was displayed by Universal (Lithuania), while from Latvia on display the minibuses Altas and Forveda, always built on Sprinter or Daily chassis.








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TOTAL Performance Index





7.24 5.08 3.21


Main Road Down on the Highway TOTAL AVERAGE

Length mm 14,945 Width mm 2,550 Height with AC mm 3,770 Wheelbase mm 7,140+1,600 Front overhang mm 2,890 Rear overhang mm 3,315 Luggage m3 12.1 Turning circle mm 23,650 Fuel tank litres 480 AdBlue tank litres 40 Test weight kg 21,580

Up on the Highway Plain on the Highway

ith 15 meters in length, the Setra S 519 W HD coach is the largest model in the new ComfortClass 500 series. With a sea-




ting capacity of up to 71 passengers and a luggage compartment of more than 12 cubic meters, the three-axle coach is ideally suited for long distance transport. The model tested by BusToCoach featured a four-star layout with space for 68 passengers, toilet, a second 55-liter fridge in the middle of the aisle, kitchenette, cutting-edge driving assistance and infotainment systems. An example is the the MediaRouter (optional), that enables passengers to connect their devices to the Internet and access multimedia content via WLAN. èè




Seats n. 58+1 Internal heigth mm 2,080 Aisle heigth mm 1,310 Aisle width mm 370 Entrances width mm 600 Raks capacity m3 2.65


Seats type Setra Voyage A.C. EvoCool 39 kW Heater convectors 30 kW Lighting Led Roof Hatches 2 Glazing double Audio Blaupunkt Video 2 monitor Lcd 19” Toilette yes (optional) Second fridge 55 litres (optional) Kitchen yes (optional)

Up to 71 seats

he S 519 HD coach tested T could accommodate up to 58 passengers (four-star rating) and

featured luxurious extendable and reclining Setra Voyage Ambassador seats, retractable armrest, handles, folding rear table and seat belts, positioned on a raised floor covered in wood upholstery. Upon request, it can be equipped with 71 seats (Voyage Plus or Voyage Supreme models). Among the optional accessories, the toilet, the second fridge in the middle of the aisle, and the kitchenette in the central stairwell. Here, on the last step rise, there are also two waste vents connected to the containers stored in the luggage rack. Open luggage racks allow stow-

age of about 2.6 cubic meters of hand luggages. As standard the storage capacity is 1.9 cubic meters due to the absence of the right rear module. At the bottom personal sets with LED reading lights, like the rest of interior lighting. Climate is ensured by

the separate management of the 39 kW EvoCold Basic and by floor convector heating powered by the 30 kW Spheros. Infotainment is ensured by the Coach Multimedia System with DVD player and two 19“ Lcd monitors.

Even as far as powertrain is concerned, the S 519 HD doesn’t skimp. It is, indeed, equipped with the second generation OM 471 engine, optimized in performance, available as an option to the standard OM 470. Ballasted to a total weight of 21,580 kilograms, it travelled 347 kilometers on mixed terrain, mainly motorway, with an average consumption of 22.5 liters of diesel (including the equivalent amount of AdBlue) every 100 kilometers (4.44 km/liter), at an average speed of 79.8 km/h. The performance narrowly matches the one obtained three years ago by the 13-meter S 516 HDH manufactured by the main competitor. The other three-axle buses tested so far by BusToCoach have been effortlessly surpassed (see the table at the end of the article). The low drag coefficient of the vehicle (cx



Platform heigth mm 840 Cockpit width mm 1,150 Cockpit depth mm 1,650 Cockpit heigth mm 2,240 Adjustment seat mm 230


Seat type Isri 6860 A.C. yes Window electric Sunshade double, electric Blinds (left) manual Refrigerator 50 litres

Elegant space

he driving position has been T lowered to 840 mm from the ground, that is two steps below

the aisle level. Here, the driver is comfortably seated on an adjustable and rotable Isri pneumatic suspension seat with a 23 cm longitudinal stroke. In front of the driver position there is a wrap-around dashboard with an instrument panel that includes the colour multifunction display and the four main analogue instruments. On the right side of the dashboard, the display for the GPS navigation device and for the images taken from the reversing camera (with integrated washing system) or from the one focused on the second door. Underneath, the instrument panel and the climate controller. Next to the hostess seat a storage area, while facing it the 50-liter cockpit fridge and the flexible microphone mounted on the doorpost. It is equipped with electric side

window, electric split windshield sunshade, and electrically-heated and retractable multiple display rear-view mirrors. On the wind-

screen there are rain/light sensors and the AcquaBlade wipers plus the third brush at the top center, in order to keep it clean.

0.33 for the entire ComfortClass 500 family) has certainly contributed to the good performance, but the dimensioning of the powertrain was crucial. Starting from the choice of equipping it with the OM 471 engine, which can combine good performance and reduced consumption not only because of its generous power and torque outputs, but also thanks to the fact that runs at lower revs (the maximum torque is now 1,600 rpm instead of the 1,800 of the previous version). With eight-speed automated transmission and a 3,183 axle ratio, it reaches 100 km/h in only 35 seconds and at this speed the engine does not exceed 1,200 rpm. No doubt as far as driving stability is concerned, to which contribute the lower center of gravity (compared to an HDH model), weight distribution on three axles and the electronic suspension control. The third steering axle enables to maneuver within a 23.6-meter diameter. For passengers, a silent (just a few small crackings on irregular road surfaces), well-lighted , well air-conditioned and comfortable compartment, even without the full optionals mounted on the vehicle tested by BusToCoach. Same opinion also for the driver’s area that has a large space for mobility and features an adjustable and rotable seat (230 mm longitudinal stroke), and a 360-degree external view thanks to the multi display rear-view mirrors and the reversing camera. For driver’s passive safety it is equipped with the Front Collision Guard (FCG), which is integrated in the frame and in case of colli-




330 300



2,300 1,670

270 240






New engine

Power 476 cv (350 kW)/1,600 rpm Torque Nm 2,300/1,100-1,500 rpm Injection Common rail with X-Pulse Compression ratio 18.3:1 Oil tank litres 40 Pollution Class Euro VI Gas Treatment EGR+DPF+SCR Life test vehicle km 16,075 TYRES Continental Conti CityPlus HA3 295/80 R 22.5 154/149M

sion absorbs energy and slides backwards the entire driver’s area. In addition to this, it is fitted with various safety systems, such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist (BAS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ART) with Active Brake Assist. 3 (ABA 3). In the event of a fire in the engine compartment, safety is ensured by the serial Detection and Warning System or by the (optional) Fogmaker fire extinguisher system with eight nozzles, which tank is positioned in the luggage compartment.


rpm/min 13 20

1,600 1,500


49 th

68 th



3 th


SUSPENSIONS Full pneumatic with level’s electronic control (ENR). ZF RL 75 E front axle with indipendent wheels. The drive axle is the Mercedes RO440 and the trailing axle is the ZF RL 75 EC with steering system (RAS). BRAKES Full disc brakes. Electronically controlled EBS pneumatic system with ABS, ASR, BAS and water Retarder. SAFETY ESP, SPA, ART, ABA3, PPC, ATAS, TPM, fire extinguishing system in engine comparments, reversing camera.

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12,800 132/156 vertical 6 in line back

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Mercedes OM 471 Displacement cc Bore/Stroke Geometry Position









1,000 500 0













TRANSMISSION The tested vehicle has the automated Mercedes GO 250-8 with eight speeds and the Voith integrated water retarder. Transmission Ratio 3.183 Acceleration 0-100 km/h sec. 35

of the standard 426 hp Iofnstead OM 470 with a displacement 10.8 l, the Setra S 519 HD

tested was equipped with OM 471 with a displacement of 12.8 l, a power output of 476 hp (350 kW) and 2,300 Nm of maximum torque, available up to 1,500 rpm. But not only. The OM 471 mounted on the Daimler heavyduty Euro VI vehicles since 2011 is now featured with a series of developments aimed at reducing operating and consumption costs. The second generation of OM 471 is equipped with asymmetric X-Pulse injection system with greater injector capacity, increased compression ratio from 17.3 to 18.3:1, and reduced EGR rate. In order to reduce NOx emissions, thus reducing AdBlue consumption (3.1% on the vehicle tested), also the SCR catalyst is now more efficient. Finally, it is worth pointing

COACH: 3-AXLE COMPARED Model Setra S 519 HD Irizar i8 14.07

weight kg E6 E6

21,580 23,150

cv (kW)




476 (350)




490 (360)




Mercedes Tourismo L E6


428 (315)




Irizar i6 HDH 14.37



490 (360)




Setra S 516 HDH

out that the new OM 471 runs a bit slower than the previous version, delivering maximum power at 1,600 rpm rather than 1,800. And this is also good for consumption.



510 (375)




Van Hool Astronef



510 (375)




Setra S 416 HDH



455 (335)




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