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SETRA 80th Setra bus for Di Fonzo. With Euro VI engine.
PLAXTON Tourist coach Panther now in the 10.8 metres size.
HIGH TECH STORE Things to discover at UITP in Geneva.
CASTROSUA Deliveries of City Versus buses built on Scania and Volvo chassis.
TEMSA Deliveries of 300 Avenue buses to Izmir have begun.
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IRISBUS Crealis Neo of 12 to 18 metres for BRT systems.
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ALL IN ROME BY YEAR END
CITARO LE EURO VI
first two Mercedes-Benz THE Citaro Low Entry buses with Euro 6 engines were handed over
to the German bus company ‘infra fürth verkehr gmbh’ which is responsible for the pulic local transport in the Franconian city of Fürth. The vehicles are fitted with 50 City Star passenger seats, a wheelchair space, stop request buttons and a lean-on area with integrated mother/child folding seat plus two additional folding seats in the standing platform area opposite the second door. The two 19-inch TFT monitors are linked to the integrated on-board information system (IBIS) which displays information on the vehicle’s progress along the route as well as the next stop and event notices or advertisements. In addition to a video monitoring system for door 2, the operator also ordered a reversing camera which can be used not only as a parking aid but also to monitor the area around the rear of the vehicle. The images are transferred to a video monitor in the driver’s cockpit. Additional safety equipment includes a fire alarm and extinguishing system in the engine compartment.
VOLVO HYBRIDS IN SCOTLAND UK operator Lothian Buses THE took delivery of ten Volvo 7900 hybrid buses. These are the first Vol-
vo 7900s delivered in the UK and Ireland. Funded with £1.5 million from the Scottish Green Bus Fund, the vehicles enter service in Edinburgh. The 7900H is the new complete Volvo vehicle built on a hybrid driveline. It’s a 12.1 metre single deck bus with a body frame specifically designed to save weight and therefore reduce fuel consumption. Volvo claims 30 per cent less emissions and 60 per cent less fuel than a diesel bus. The vehicle is featured with a Volvo D5F 4.8 litre 4 cylinder engine (215 hp) and supported by a Volvo electric motor, rated at 120 kW, with a Volvo I-Shift gearbox. The hybrid engine’s ‘stop start’ feature allows the vehicle pulling away from the bus stop in pure electric mode. The 7900H also includes electronically controlled air suspension and smooth pneumatically controlled EBS 5 braking. The hybrid battery and several of the systems and cooling circuits are roof-mounted. This increases internal space and also optimise weight distribution. Passengers on board are 89 seated and standing.
new Irisbus Citelis buses for Atac, THE public transport company in the Italian Capital city, have been publicly presented
during a ceremony that took place in the charming setting of Piazza Venezia in Rome. They are the first four vehicles of an order of almost 340 buses commissioned to Iveco Irisbus through dealer Romana Diesel. 200 Citelis in the 12-metre and 130 in the 18-metre articulated version have been purchased via a leasing formula. The Citelis series models make use of FPT Industrial Cursor 8 EEV compliant diesel engines of 290 hp for the 12-metre version and 380 hp for the articulated version. The vehicles are equipped with air conditioning system, LED internal illumination, ergonomic seats, video surveillance system, multimedia displays, voice announcement system. By the end of the year all vehicles will be delivered in batches of 50 units per month.
WING AND APTINEO IN EUROPE
Wing Indcar minibuses begun service in the TWO streets of Paris. With bodywork on Mercedes Vario 816d/48 mechanics, the vehicles fit 17 Vogel
Top 2020 seats equipped with safety belts and two-point mounts. On another front, the first units of an order for Aptineo buses have been delivered to Northern Europe. The Aptineo is a model of the Vehixel range commercialized by Indcar as part of a partnership with the French producer aimed at the expansion of their respective vehicle ranges in European markets. Built on Iveco 70C17 chassis and mounting EEV engines, they are low floor buses equipped with 21 Vogel Ligerus seats. The equipment includes a special isothermal insulation and a heating system enhanced by a Webasto 2016 preheater, tested for the very cold weather temperatures of northern climates.
ELECTRIC BUSES FOR NOTTINGHAM
ottingham City Council placed another order N for Optare electric buses. After eight Optare Solo EV buses already in regular service, they
commissioned 20 more electric buses: ten Optare Solo SR midibus and the same number of the Versa model. Although the Nottingham specifications have yet to be finalised, the largest Solo SR model can carry up to 33 seated passengers plus standees and the largest version of Versa can carry up to 40 passengers plus standees. The buses will be equipped with a rapid charge system allowing them to use charging stations being installed at the Queen’s Drive Park and Ride site on the outskirts of the city. Part of the financing for the new buses is coming from the Government’s Green Bus Fund, which covers the additional cost of the electric driveline.
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Setra S 515 HD for Di Fonzo
10.8 metres Plaxton Panther
The Third OPTION
The 80th Setra bus in transport company Di Fonzo’s fleet is a S 515 HD from the ComfortClass 500 series with Euro VI emission standard engine
nce again bus transport company Di FonO zo opts for the Setra brand. This latest acquisition brings the total number of Setra buses commissioned in almost fifteen years to eighty. Vehicle number 80 is a model of the new ComfortClass 500 range launched by Setra last year. It’s a two-axle S 515 HD painted in the operator’s black livery. The vehicle is fitted with 49 comfortable seats and will be used on European routes as well as in inter-regional transport services between Rome and Vasto, a town on
the Adriatic coast where Di Fonzo is headquartered. The ComfortClass 500 series features a new design concept that, in addition to enhance the vehicle’s outlook, it also provides a significantly lower weight as well as an intelligent management of fuel and electricity consumption. ComfortClass 500 models make use of Euro VI exhaust emission standard engines (in force for new vehicles from 2014) along with numerous other requirements in terms of safety and required features that will enter into force in the coming years. The number of Setra buses currently used by Di Fonzo amounts to nearly 50 percent of the entire fleet, that is 60 vehicles out of 140 in total. Di Fonzo transport company (based in Abruzzo, Italy) and the manufacturer from Ulm have a long relationship. In fact, it was way back in 1999 that Di Fonzo‘s very first Setra vehicle was purchased, an S 315 HDH.
Plaxton introduces the latest model in the Panther tourist coach family. It’s 10.8 metres long and fits 45 passengers
Panther range by UK manufacTHE turer Plaxton (Alexander Dennis Group) is welcoming a new model. The 12.8 and 15 metre versions will soon be joined by the shorter variant in the size of 10.8 metre. First presented at the 2013 UK Coach Rally, an event which was held April 20 to 21 in Staffordshire (United Kingdom), the new version of the Panther tourist coach is built on a Volvo B9R chassis and is equipped with a Euro V emissions standards 380 hp 9-litre engine and Volvo I-Shift transmission. The vehicle can seat up to 45 passengers and can be customised with all the equipment available for the Panther series. «This is a segment of the market we have
been monitoring for some time» points out Kevin Wood, Director of Business Development at Alexander Dennis/Plaxton. «Our research shows there is a steady demand for high-quality touring coaches w h i c h o ff e r the same standard of comfort as full-size models but in a slightly smaller package this new model fills a gap in our current line-up». Built on a durable stainless steel frame, the Panther tourist coaches were introduced in the market in 1999. A decade later Plaxton introduced the second generation models with an updated look as well as upgraded materials and technology. They debuted at the Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham in 2010.
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Latest deliveries by Castrosua
Temsa Avenue to Izmir
Citybus for SPAIN
Three City Versus urban buses with Castrosua bodywork built on Scania chassis have been delivered to Elche (Spain). Another three such vehicles with Volvo mechanics
atest deliveries by Iberian coach builder L Castrosua consist of City Versus urban buses. Three vehicles have been delivered
to Autobuses Urbanos, transport company of the city of Elche in southern Spain. They are built on Scania N 230 UB4X2 chassis with EEV engine. The vehicles are 12 meters long and have three doors. Equipment includes telescopic ramp, Metropolis 1.0 series Fainsa seats and Hispacold 12L Plus air conditioning system. The vehicles are also equipped with the Scania Fleet Management system that makes use of Scania Communicator (a small ‘black box’) to automatically record information about the vehicle and to send all data directly to the manager. Information includes data on fuel
consumption and driving times. It is even possible to find out how many times the brake pedal has been stepped on with some force over a chosen period of time. Destination Canary Island instead for three City Versus delivered to Guaguas Municipales, the company that manages public transport in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). In this case the buses are built on Volvo B9SLA chassis. These vehicles have triple access and come in the 18-metre articulated version. The cabin accommodates up to 46 passengers sitting on Fainsa Ideo10 seats and is equipped with a camera on the central door, a ramp, Hispacold 18NA air conditioning system and FogMaker fire alarm system.
70 Temsa Avenue city buses delivered to the city of Izmir (Turkey), part of an order for 300 units signed last year by public transport operator Eshot
populous city of Izmir in weTHE st-central Turkey (3.5 million inhabitants and the third largest city in the
country) is investing in public transport. With the introduction of the first 70 of the 300 buses commissioned last year, the plan to modernise the city’s road-transport fleet has begun. For this very large renewal plan (total investments amount to about € 33 million) the city of Izmir entrusted Temsa, leading manufacturer in the domestic bus industry. Temsa put forward the Avenue, a 12-metre low-floor city bus with three doors. This model is available in the conventional diesel version and also in the hybrid and CNG variants. The 300 Avenue ordered for the city of Izmir are equipped with Euro 5 diesel engine along with automatic transmission. Air conditioning system is included as standard. Deli-
veries of the remaining 230 Avenue buses will be completed by the end of August and all vehicles will be put into service on the transport network managed by municipal company Eshot that is also the supplier of electricity, water and gas, as well as public transportation to the city of Izmir. The 300 new buses will make a major contribution to the renewal of the Eshot fleet: average age of running vehicles will drop to 5 years.
HIGH TECH STORE
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SOLUTIONS FOR TPL
rapeze develops innovative and high-quality solutions and products for optimising services and operations control of public transport companies and authorities. At the UITP World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition, which will be held in Geneva from 26 to 30 May 2013, the company will present a trend-setting ticketing solution for the entire field of public passenger transport. In addition, at its Booth 2D430, Hall 2, Trapeze will display the newest planning systems, operations control technology, vehicle equipment and passenger information and fare management systems for bus and train services. In the Expo Forums, the company will present its “Eco-Driving - Driver Monitoring” solution. This tool allows public passenger transport companies to make a sustainable contribution to protecting the environment and enables them to enhance travel comfort and cut fuel consumption.
elgian manufacturer Van Hool will present at the UITP congress (Geneva, Switzerland, May 26-30) the first “Exqui.City design Geneva” vehicle of the 33 ordered by the Swiss public transport company TPG (Transports Publics Genevois). It’s the articulated trolley version of the Exqui.City, a futuristic model in design which combines the flexibility of a bus with the efficiency of a tram. Both the 18m and the 24m models have a multi propulsion platform so that they can be configured in various, environmentally-friendly versions such as a trolley, hybrid systems (diesel-electric and CNG-electric), fuel cell hybrid or full electric bus. They offer a high level of comfort with air-conditioning, a low noise level, soft lighting and guarantee a good accessibility thanks to the low floor and the four double doors. The “Exqui.City design Geneva” was unveiled in a roadworthy prototype at the Busworld 2011 in Kortrijk, Belgium. The vehicles are 18m long and the traction is provided by two powered axles. Developed by Van Hool in close collaboration the TPG, they will go into service this year and next.
iemens is offering S innovative and flexible concepts for
fully electric urban buses (eBus), as well as eBRT systems that can be integrated into many vehicle chassis, and are thus manufacturer-neutral. One such example comes from the electric buses manufactured by Italian company Rampini for Wiener Linien, Vienna’s public transport authority, and that have made Siemens the first manufacturer in Europe to put fully electric buses into regular urban service. In this case, battery-charging takes place at the terminus and overnight in the depot, via a roof-mounted pantograph that collects current from the existing network of overhead power lines. Compared with conventional city buses, the vehicles’ electrical equipment brings with it no limitations in terms of space or functionality for passengers and drivers.
CITARO EURO VI
ercedes Benz will present the Citaro Euro VI at the M meeting in Geneva. Just recently these vehicles gained the appreciation of Swiss operator Baselland Tran-
sport AG (BLT) which has ordered nine units. These are the first standard-production regular-service Euro VI solo buses to go into service with BLT in Switzerland. The Citaro meeting Euro VI is powered by new engines and has an extensive emission control system. To compensate the additional weight of the Euro VI components, Mercedes-Benz implemented a number of measures such as the lightweight fibreglass-reinforced-plastic (FRP) roof and the weight-optimised rear axle.. This means that the Citaro Euro 6 has the same payload and therefore the same passenger transport capacity as the Citaro Euro V.
BEWARE OF THE FIRE
rom the 1st of JaF nuary 2014 class M2 und M3 vehicles
(Buses) have to be equipped with a fire detection system in the engine compartment if it is located in the rear of the bus. The sensors must response to temperatures of the engine and its components high enough igniting fluids and other fire sensitive materials. The 3rd amendment of the UN/ECE Bus Directive requests an optical and acoustical signal for the driver if any fire hazard occurs. Therefore firedect developed for retrofit an independent warning system for easy assembly. The display will be placed at the dashboard and needs 24V DC power supply. All kind of sensors, for temperature in the engine compartment or smoke in the toilet, sleep or luggage compartment, could be connected in line. As failures are automatically detected, the warning system is failsafe.
entkart, who has been K listed between the top 10 exporting companies of
Turkey in consumer electronics, implements Automatic Vehicle Management and Passenger Information Systems in Miskolc, Hungary. The Kentkart On-board Computer Units which have been installed in 515 buses, provides passenger information system and automatic vehicle management that consists of realtime vehicle tracking, planning and scheduling, emergency call management with two way communication between driver and dispatching center, fleet management and comphrensive reports and analyses covering speed and route violations. The Automatic Vehicle Management system will enable to track all the vehicles on real-time and will provide comprehesive reports in archive. It will also send immediate alarm signals in case the driver does not follow the predefined route and speed rules or does not start the operation according to planned time table. Passenger Information System will inform passengers about the expected arrival time of buses to the current bus stop. In 2011 Kentkart was the winner of innovation award in UITP’s competition in Dubai.
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The Small BONITO
British company Optare re-enters the minibus market segment with the new Bonito low-floor model. The vehicle is made on a self-supporting structure built in the Netherlands
arrival in the Optare family NEW with the introduction of Bonito, a model that marks the return of the Bri-
tish manufacturer in the minibuses market. Apart from the name, everything else is new: design, structure, engines, weight and measures. Nothing to do with the Bonito on Ford Transit marketed by Optare until recently and built on Ferqui bodywork in Spain. The new Bonito is built on a Fiat Ducato mechanical base on a glass reinforced polyester composite chassisless structural body produced by Plastisol in the Netherlands. This corrosion-resistant structure ensures a long life DIMENSIONS Lenght mm 7,500 Width mm 2,200 Height mm 2,650 Wheelbase mm 5,000 Seats n. 16+1 (12+1H+1) Empty weight kg 3,700 Perm. GWV kg 5,000 Engine Iveco Power kW (cv)/rpm 117 (159)/3,600 Torque Nm/rpm 400/1,400 Gearbox manual 6 speed Tyres 215/75 R 16
cycle and a lower unladen weight allowing to maximise the payload while reducing fuel consumption. The Bonito is 7.5 metres long, 2.2 wide and 2.65 high. It’s a fully low floor vehicle noticeable for the deep sloping front windscreen, the round headlights, the large side windows and the bright interiors. The vehicle is accessed by a wide single outward sliding door. Rear access is reserved to wheelchair passengers via an automatic double door and a manual ramp. The passengers compartment accommodates up to 16 seated passengers on Rescroft CT Lite seats. On request it can be equipped with Phoenix Hydra aluminium framed units with high back
rest and built-in handles. The seats are mounted on Unwin tracking for easy removal and layout reconfiguration in case one wants to increase the number of wheelchair passengers transported (up to a maximum of seven). The equipment includes LED strip lighting and blue ambient spot lights, CD/MP3 player with four speakers, anti-slip floor. Also as standard equipment there is a 5 kw Eberspacher heating system, while an HVAC system integrating heating, ventilation and air conditioning is available as optional.
The vehicle is equipped with a control unit with an interactive display (to the right side of the dashboard) for the monitoring via CANBus of various body parts. The dashboard and the driver’s area are original Fiat Ducato. The vehicle is powered by the transversely mounted 159 hp 3-litre Multijet Iveco engine, Euro 5 emission standard compliant through a particulate filter. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission, however, on request it is also available with semi-automatic Comfortmatic six-speed transmission. The entire braking system is on discs. Electronically controlled ECAS front suspension is available on request. Optare expects to sell 150 Bonito units a year. There are certainly good opportunities in the UK market where the share of minibuses is estimated to amount to 3-4 thousand vehicles a year.
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Businova by Safra on the streets of Toulouse
Multi-hybrid Citybus The Businova concept bus was seen on display at the fair in Albi (France). It features innovative design and propulsion system with combustion, electric and hydraulic engine
irst presented at Transport Publics in F Paris in June 2012, the Businova by Safra is back on the spotlight. This time the occasion was the 44th edition of the exhibition fair in Albi, a town in southern France, where Safra (Albigeoise Société de Fabrication et Réparation Automobile) is headquartered. Since 1955 Safra supplies the bodywork for passenger transport vehicles. From April 13 to 21, this original prototype has captured the attention of the audience thanks to its novelty design and its peculiar propulsion system. Designed and developed by Safra for urban transport, Businova is built on a bi-modular DIMENSIONS
Lenght mm 10,500 Width mm 2,500 Height mm 3,200 Turning circle mm 19,000 Seats n. 16+1H+75 Perm. GWV kg 16,000 Electric motor kW 90/120 Hydraulic motor kW 200 Diesel motor kW 74 Battery pack / kWh lithiun-ion / 146
chassis with a patented multi-hybrid propulsion system consisting of a combustion engine (74 kW), electric motor (90 kW) and hydraulic system (200 kW). The vehicle has an hydraulic start, while it runs on electric energy supplied by a 146 kWh NCM lithium-ion battery pack. The combustion engine is put into use to compensate for auxiliary consumption. The three energy sources work together and are arranged in a block that redistributes power efficiently. The vehicle is also equipped with a brake energy recovery system. This Businova prototype promises to reduce fuel costs and emissions. «If a conventional combustion bus consumes
about 40 litres of fuel per 100 km, while an hybrid counterpart is able to reduce fuel consumption by 20-25% using about 30 litres per 100 kilometres,” Safra claims, “Businova has done even better by demonstrating to consume less than 15 litres per 100 km, thanks to the multi-hybrid propulsion system that also allows to significantly reduce emissions of pollutant gases». The power block is situated under the rear area of the body and its total weight is reduced by 20 percent compared to a conventional bus (the empty vehicle weights 10 tons). In this way it was possible to increase passengers capacity to a maximum of 90. This is no small amount for a bus that measures only
10 meters in length. The innovative element of Businova is also reflected in the design of the vehicle, featuring an all “glass rotunda” (including the ceiling), two rather large access doors, lateral roof windows, a spacious driver’s area and wheels fairing. It features an all flat floor up to the “glass rotunda” which is accessed via four steps. Patent of the Businova is currently pending. The debut is expected by the end of 2013 on the Tisséo network of Toulouse, southern France.
IRISBUS IVECO - CREALIS NEO
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Lenght mm 12,325 18,235 Width mm 2,400 2,550 Height mm 3,223 3,223 Wheelbase mm 6,120 5,355+6,675 Front overhang mm 3,045 3,045 Rear overhang mm 3,160 3,160 Turning circle mm 21,932 23,744 Perm. GWV kg 19,000 29,100 Seats n. 24+1H+86 38+1H+126 Engine Cursor 8 Power cv 245 / 290 290 / 380 Torque Nm 1,100 1,100 / 1,500 Gearbox automatic ZF or Voith Tyres 275/70 R 22.5
PAIR OF ACES
five years the Crealis has been FOR Irisbus Ivecoâ€™s answer to the demand for the embellishment and the enhancement of urban transport networks through the use of BRT systems (Bus Rapid Transit). In this context, the Crealis Neo model (featuring curved sloping lines at the front) embodies the aesthetic celebration of the concept of dynamism, typical of BRT systems: rapid movements, regular service and high transport capacity.
is 33 cm longer than IT the basic version Crealis and this additional space is entirely used to stretch the front
overhang and make space for the driverâ€™s area on a two steps raised platform that increases visibility and safety for the driver. In the front there is a double inward sliding door while the other two doors have external roto-translating openings instead.
Onboard, there is a fully lowered flat floor for a capacity of up to 32 seats plus wheelchair area. Customisation options include: additional glazing below the windows, interior panels for travel information, special floor coatings and special seats layout.
f o u r- d o o r s a r THE ticulated version Crealis Neo fits a maximum of 44 seats, leaving room for another 125 standing passengers.
The driver’s cabin is protected (with or without anti-aggression barrier) and is equipped with pneumatic suspension seat with lumbar support (30 degrees rotation on request), VDV standard instrument panel, height and air conditioning and heating sys- with the predisposition for inclination adjustable steering tems to the standard ventilation. sound system and for onboard wheel, a choice to add dedicated The instrument panel comes security camera monitors.
For the time being these engines meet Euro V or EEV emission standards via SCR system with AdBlue injection, without particulate filter except for the 380 hp engine that needs FAP to meet EEV standards. New Euro VI engines will also be available by the end of the year. The Crealis Neo will then be powered by the new Cursor 9 (8.7-litre engine with a higher power range) with HI-eSCR (High Efficiency SCR), advanced catalytic reduction system patented by FPT Industrial, working without the use of EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) and with decreased exhaust emissions and total cost of ownership (TCO). There is also a choice between Voith and ZF automatic transmission, whose program can be optimised in relation to the itinerary thanks to their respective Sensotop and Topodin systems. Full air suspensions have self-levelling sensors and take advantage of the independent wheels geometry of the ZF-RI75 front axle. Also, the discs braking system is inclusive of ABS (ASR is available on request) and integrated hydraulic retarder incorporated into the gearbox. Light coloured laminated plastic coverings and seats matching handrail tones contribute to the interior’s brightness, already enhanced by large double glazing side windows. Artificial illumination is entirely provided by Led lights while air conditioning can be chosen between ventilation only or roof mounted air conditioning systems for passengers and driver’s area alongside a convectors heating system with a 30 kW generator. To date, there are about 300 Crealis and Crealis Neo buses in service on BRT networks, mostly in France where they are better known with the name of BHNS (Bus à Haut Niveau de Service).
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