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ore than 3 million km covered in four years, almost 80 he Norwegian transport company Tide Buss has placed an M vehicles in regular service in Europe and new orders for Torder for 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses. This is the largest more than 100 units. These are the figures of the Solaris elec- ever order of fully electric buses for Volvo Buses. The vehicles

tric buses. They can be seen in Austria, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland on various routes as for topography, occupancy rate and climate conditions. Solaris Bus & Coach made its first steps in e-mobility in 2001 with the Trollino trolleybus. In 2006 presented Urbino hybrid, the first hybrid bus to be serially manufactured in Europe. The first fully electric vehicle produced in the factory near Poznań was launched in 2011. Then followed the Urbino 8,9 LE electric model. In 2013, two years after its debut, serial sales of electric Solaris buses began. The first of them was sold to Klagenfurt in Austria.


will run on four routes in Trondheim, covering distances of between 12 and 15 km each, with operations due to start in August 2019. Volvo Buses will also take care of all vehicle and battery maintenance at a fixed monthly cost. The buses will be fast-charged using opportunity charging, via rails installed at the end stops. The charging stations will be based on the OppCharge open interface, which means they can be used by other electrified bus makes too. The buses will run on renewable energy so they will be entirely emission-free. In addition to the fully electric Volvo 7900 Electric, the Volvo Buses range of electrified vehicles includes hybrid models and electric hybrids (plug-in hybrids). To date, the company has sold more than 3,600 electrified buses globally.


he Iberian transport company Vitrasa (Avanza T Group) presented last August 24 new buses for the renewal of its fleet consisting of 124 vehicles. The vehi-

cles are all built on MAN chassis with the New City bodywork produced in Spain by Castrosua. The supply consists of 20 units in a length of 12 meters and 4 18-meters articulated buses. The first are fitted with 26 seats, two wheelchairs platforms and a room for 80 standing passengers while the articulated ones have 42 seats, two wheelchair platforms and 108 standing persons. The main innovation of the articulated buses is the translucent bellows at the top so as to enhance the brightness in the rear part of the vehicle. The on-board equipment includes air conditioning, anti-fog, free internet access, several USB sockets and half a dozen video surveillance cameras.

-based Daimler companies Mercedes-Benz US US International, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Daimler Trucks North America donated

$ 1 million to support people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The donation will go to the American Red Cross and will be used for immediate intervention, emergency assistance and other services needed for the victims of one of the biggest storms in US history. It is estimated that around 30,000 people will need temporary shelter and financial assistance. The American Red Cross operates in Houston, Texas and other cities and states hit by hurricane that last August dropped on vast areas in the southeast of Texas and Louisiana. Those who want to contribute to the American Red Cross can do so via the www. redcross.org website

HYDROGEN-POWERED ALSO SCANIA BRT IN FRANCE HYBRIDS IN NORWAY an Hool will supply the first full BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)

V system with 18-metre-long articulated tram-buses powehe Swedish bus manufacturer is to deliver 140 vehicles in red by hydrogen in Pau, France. The order includes 8 Exqui. TKristiansand, south-west Oslo. Seventy of these buses are City buses with an electric hybrid power source. Hydrogen hybrids, making it Scania’s largest single delivery of hybrid

and oxygen are converted to electricity in the fuel cell using electrolysis in “real time” while the lithium batteries and electric motors provide additional power wherever and whenever it’s needed. The energy that is released when the vehicle’s brakes are applied is also re-used. The vehicle’s only emission is water vapour. The brand new vehicle is an 18.62 metre-long articulated tram-bus with a 125 passenger capacity and a range of around 300 km. The 8 Exqui. Cities will be delivered to the SMTU-PPP (Syndicat Mixte de Transports urbains – Pau Portes des Pyrénées) and the STAP (Société de Transport de l’Agglomération Paloise) in the second half of 2019.

vehicles to date. The order is also the biggest bus order yet for Scania’s subsidiary in Norway Norsk Scania. All of the buses can run on biodiesel. The delivery includes Scania Citywide LE Suburban Hybrid, Scania Citywide LE Suburban and Scania Higer A30 buses. The buses will go into service in July 2018 and will be operated by transport company Boreal Buss, on behalf of the public transport operator Agder Kollektivtrafikk. Boreal Buss already operates 170 Scania buses in Norway. The deal also includes a seven-year contract for Scania’s repair and maintenance programme Fleet Care.

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Not only in Turkey football clubs prefer Temsa as team coach. To Italy, Serbia and Bulgaria the latest deliveries of the Maraton and HD 12 model he European football teams Ternana T (Italy), Partizan (Serbia) and Botev Plovdiv (Bulgaria), chose the Temsa brand for their team bus. Italian Ternana, who plays in the B series of the Italian Football Championship, bought the Maraton delivered by the importer Troiani Srl. And so did Partizan, the team that won the Serbian Super Liga in the 2016/2017 season. Botev Plovdiv,

one of the most successful football teams in Bulgaria, opted for the Temsa HD12 model. The Temsa Maraton is also strong among the football clubs in Turkey, where Temsa is based. Among the teams that adopted it, there are Galatasaray, Besiktas and Başakşehir of the Turkish Super League. And then, again, Adanademirspor, Adanaspor and Kocaelispor.

23 BYD ebuses for Turin, three of which delivered in September. It’s the first fleet of large electric buses in Italy

he first three electric buses of the 23 ordeT red last year to the Chinese manufacturer BYD, were inaugurated in Turin, Italy. The

12-meter buses are all manufactured in the Shenzen plant. It is the first fleet of pure large electric buses which are to go into service in Italy. The tender was awarded at the end of 2016 and the buses are mostly intended for the Gruppo Torinese Trasporti (GTT). Twenty of these vehicles are to go into service in Turin, while the remaining five will be managed by Servizi Urbani Novaresi (SUN). The buses will operate on urban transport networks linking the city centers with suburban areas. BYD will also supply full service support for 10 years. The vehicles can accommodate up to 77 passengers, including 21 seated and a wheelchair.

They have a range of 310 km and a consumption of 104 kWh per 100 km. Two traditional charging stations have been installed in the GTT warehouse. The livery was designed by the students of the painting school of the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin. The funding for the purchase of these vehicles amount to about 15 million euros (13.5 managed by the Piedmont Region and 1.5 from the City of Turin). «The 23 buses costed around 8.5 million euros», stated GTT. «The remaining amount is available for the award of other tenders for smaller electric buses, exactly 6.5- and 9-meter buses. With these two new tenders, which are still to be awarded, another twenty buses, designed also for other Piedmont cities, will be purchased».

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INFORMATION IS ON THE NET www.bustocoach.com/en 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.

The 300th Otokar bus has been delivered to AMAG Mobility, in Italy, together with other nine vehicles. It represents an important milestone for Mauri Bus System rom September, citizens of Alexandria, F Italy, can enjoy a more comfortable urban public transport on board the new 12-meter buses. The ten Kent C are produced by Otokar and delivered in record time by Mauri Bus System, the exclusive distributor of the Turkish brand in Italy. The vehicles were purchased with own funds by AMAG Mobility, the company that took the place of the bankrupted ATM Alessandria last April. These buses have a transport capacity of 26 seated passengers plus 82 standing, a wheelchair platform in the front center door area and a manual ramp. The engine is

the Cummins Euro 6 (278 hp) coupled to the Voith Diwa.4 automatic transmission. The buses are fitted with an air conditioning system, path indicators and an 8-cam video surveillance system. With this order Mauri Bus System has reached the target of the 300 Otokar buses delivered to Italy, a result that demonstrates the market positioning and the appreciation of national operators. For Amag Mobility (85% owned by Line Spa, Zoncada Group) the new Otokar buses represent an important step towards the upgrading of the service (2.3 million euros the investment) that follows the interventions already made before the summer, starting from the reconditioning of the bus fleet, and the start of the operational recovery of the company.

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Unique in its function and mode of operation with the use of refrigerant CO2, it ensures a thermal efficiency (COP) of over 4 and enables to save 98% of the annual fuel consumption for additional heating. The range of electric buses is increased by 40%. The new energy storage modules simultaneously provide heating and cooling. This means, for example, that the batteries can be cooled while the passenger compartment is heated. In Kortijk, Konvekta also presents the new Taurus air conditioning unit, especially designed for the most extreme climate conditions. Robust design and high performance. The KL20E is instead the smallest roof top compact unit in the Konvekta range of products. Beside the small and compact size, this product is optically pleasant, powerful and ensures easy assembly (only three hours for total installation) and service.

loped by Allison Transmission, enables additional fuel savings. FuelSense 2.0 technology featuring DynActiveShifting delivers up to 6% additional fuel savings thanks to a combination of up-todate features. FuelSense 2.0 is available in three packages. All three include Dynamic Shifting. FuelSense 2.0 Plus and Max include the improved ‘Neutral at Stop’ feature, where fuel consumption and emissions are lowered by reducing or eliminating the load on the engine when the vehicle is stopped. FuelSense 2.0 Max includes a higher acceleration rate, which mitigates aggressive driving by automatically controlling the engine torque. In addition to the five levels of control currently available, this new version offers greater precision by limiting vehicle acceleration to a customised rate. DynActive Shifting will be launched at Busworld 2017. Here Allison will also preview new and cutting-edge transmissions.

he focus is set on elecT tromobility with the Konvekta CO2 heat pump 2.0.


he doors manufacT turer Masats has signed a contract with

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SMRT Automotive Services, a repair company that belongs to the leading provider of multimodal transport in Singapore, SMRT Corporation. Following this agreement, SMRT Automotive Services will become Masats’ Authorized Service Provider in Singapore. The Iberian company will offer regular training to SMRT employees, who will perform maintenance and repairs on their equipment for both their own and others’ vehicles. In 2001, Masats began to supply equipment for the local marke. More than 800 vehicles in circulation in Singapore have Masats doors, mainly doors that open inward and electric sliding doors. With this agreement, the Iberian manufacturer reinforces its services in the Asian market and secures its relationship with local operators.

he new DynActive T Shifting, a fuel-saving software deve-


berspächer Sütrak E will be presenting its new sustainable

cooling, heating and ventilation products at Busworld. A product highlight will be the concept system AC250, a platform constructed for the use of CO2 as natural refrigerant. The modular solution is designed to handle commonly used refrigerants and the future use of CO2. The system is specially tailored to meet the requirements of electric buses, hybrids and trolleybuses. Strength: the integrated heat pump featuring an innovative air flow reversal function. Another top product will be the fifth-generation roofmounted air-conditioning system AC353-5, which can operate in all climatic zones and enables savings up to 10% on refrigerant and electric power consumption. The cooling power ranges from 27 to 48 kW. For touring coaches, including double-deckers, the V188 evaporator unit can be installed on the roof. The reduced weight and low construction height of the unit, which reduces air resistance, enables the overall efficiency of the system. The ability to use up to 100% fresh air ensures optimal climate comfort.

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MAN TRUCK & BUS Among the world premieres of the MAN and Neoplan brands, the new generation of MAN Lion’s Coach and City and the new Neoplan Tourliner in the 13-meter two-axle version

AN Truck & Bus has in store several preM views for Busworld 2017. In addition to the latest edition of the MAN

Lion’s Coach we talked about on BusToCoach Magazine in September 2017, MAN will exhibit the new MAN Lion’s City. Neoplan, instead, will focus on the latest-generation 13-meter two-axle Tourliner. Not to mention the new engines and the MAN optimised powertrain that already meets the Euro 6c emissions standard,as New MAN Lion’s Coach

well as the Company’s proposals on safety, driving assistance systems and training. The German manufacturer will then take the opportunity to update the public on the developments of a pure electric urban bus and of a basic hybrid vehicle within the EcoChamps project. But let’s start from the Lion’s City, a model with many developments in terms of efficiency, comfort and ergonomics. Externally, it is characterized by the unique

New MAN Lion’s City

MAN design with the distinctive front headlights, the typical black MAN front panel and chrome trim as well as its large side windows, which also contributes to the improvement of the Life Cycle Costs (LCC) as it is part of segmented panelling. LED technology is used for both front and rear headlights, now available for the first time full-LED, in the passenger compartment with indirect and continuous LED lighting, together with an optional lighting. Operating areas are functionally distinguished by light and dark colors. The driver’s position has been redesigned and optimised with a new position of the switches and instruments. The high driver’s door and the raised seat improves the driver’s position in relation to the passengers boarding the vehicle.The new MAN Lion’s City is being tested by a selected group of companies since September 2017. As for the Neoplan Tourliner series, the

13.103-mm dual-axle bus will be on display, completing the renewed range launched last year. It can accommodate up to 59 passengers and up two wheelchairs through a wheelèè


trengthened by many years of expeS rience with electrified drivelines and components in the Lion’s City Hybrid,

NEOPLAN Tourliner

chair lift mounted over the front axle. The 14.3 cubic meters reserved for luggages make the vehicle ideally suited for both intercity service as well as excursions. of one or more days. The absence of slopes offers

a variety of configuration options based on service requirements. Its maximum overall permitted weight of up to 19.5 tonnes also contributes to the flexibility in terms of possible uses.


ctober 2017, here we are. The ECE O R66.02 standard, which includes more stringent requirements concerning

superstructure strength, has entered into force. The new regulation will apply to vehicles registered from November 9, 2017 onwards and not only to Class III vehicles but also to Class II buses. For this reason, MAN Truck & Bus pointed out that all its city buses (including Class I vehicles) will feature an increased rollover resistance. “Our intent is to ensure maximum safety for all passengers travelling on our buses regardless of the vehicle class,” stated Rudi Kuchta, Head of Sales Bus at MAN

Truck & Bus. In order to fulfil the requirements of the law, MAN incorporated components manufactured from high-strength steel into the vehicle skeleton. This material gives the superstructure the necessary strength and ensures that the energy produced during a rollover can be optimally absorbed. This entails only marginal changes to the interior fittings. Safety while driving is another aspect that MAN pays particular attention to. For this reason, transit buses are equipped with standard ABS and only optionally ESP for trucks, automatic lights and wipers as well as tyre pressure monitoring system (TPM).

MAN is taking the first steps into the production of electric buses.. The roadmap includes the launch in 2018 of a pre-series bus version of a battery-electric vehicle and a field trial of a demo fleet in collaboration with various European operators. Series production of a 100% electric city bus is instead expected by the end of 2019. “MAN aspires to use an established depot charging technology via CCS interface,” explained the German manufacturer. A survey of about 200 European customers has also been conducted. “The feedback we received enabled us to understand that in everyday use it is more important to ensure a flexible and uninterrupted service without interim charging. To do this, MAN uses a modular concept that allows to select and combine the number of storage modules. The majority of customers claimed to want a range of 200 km per As for alternative drivelines, in addition to the development of a battery-powered version (see the box above), the manufacturer is working on a hybrid within the European EcoChamps research project. The objective of the consortium, consisting of 26 partners, is to develop an efficient, compact, robust and cheap hybrid drivetrain to be used in several areas. Being partner for bus applications, MAN Truck & Bus is developing a plan to build a basic vehicle with electric drive train. "Depending on the needs of the customer,”pointed out MAN in a press release, “it will be possible to integrate a different source of energy as for example a diesel generator or a fuel cell. As a result, even a pure electric vehicle charged at the depot could be equipped with increased storage capacity.” This basic hybrid vehicle will be presented during the fourth quarter of 2017.

day under realistic operating conditions». As part of the project, MAN has entered into several innovation partnerships with various transport companies and also with Losch Luxembourg, a Volkswagen Group importer. The goal is to promote cooperation for the establishment of alternative drivelines in urban transport. The partners will also be involved in the deployment of the demo fleet, which will see electric buses delivered to several cities starting from 2018. By that date, other European cities are expected to join the process

As far as engines is concerned , MAN has taken advantage of emission control changes to revise the range of propulsion systems. With the optimized driveline, engines now offer more torque and power, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption. The 420-hp D2676 LOH Euro 6c engine will soon replace the 400 hp D2066 LOH version both in MAN and Neoplan touring coaches as well as in the chassis. It should be noted that for the first time, the D26 can now be operated by hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVOs). All intercity buses and touring coaches are available with new safety and comfort systems: Active Cruise Control (ACC), emergency Electric Brake Assist (EBA) and Lane Guard System (LGS) for lane monitoring. The light/rain sensor is being offered as an option from the beginning of 2017.

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ALEXANDER DENNIS Two vehicles of the Enviro200 and Enviro500 series on display in Kortrijk. A 12.9-meter double-decker manufactured for Swiss PostAuto and a 10.4-meter with right-hand drive

lso proposals from the British market this A year at Busworld in Kortijk with Alexander Dennis (ADL) in Hall 1 (stand 113). A presence that, according to the manufacturer itself, is built on the recent success achieved on the continental European market, as for example the order for 19 tri-axle doubledeck buses from the Swiss operator PostAuto. And it will be one of these models to be showcased at the ADL stand. The Enviro500 double-decker, whose modular design has been tailored to the demanding PostAuto requirements. In the traditional Swiss postal yellow livery, it is 12.9 meters long, has three doors

and two staircases for the access to the upper floor. In the air-conditioned interior it can accommodate up to 79 seats. The vehicles, all belonging to Class I, are purpose-designed as city and regional buses. The other model showcased is an Enviro200 single-deck bus with left-hand drive. It is a vehicle intended for the fleet of the Abellio transport company owned by the Dutch railways. The 10.4m long vehicle repre sents just one of the several length options for the Enviro200 series which ranges from 9 to 12 metres and can seat up to 46 passengers. Lightness, efficiency and manoeuvrability are the plus of Enviro200. «In continental Europe, ADL expects a gradual entry into the market to ensure that all vehicles are fully supported by the company’s after-sales services», stated the British manufacturer. «These include the powerful AD Connected tool that allows engineers to better plan maintenance and further reduce the already low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the Enviro range» .

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Irizar full range on display in Kortrijk. The highlights are the i8 coach, the new Irizar i6S and i4H in a hybrid version. As far as 100% electric buses is concerned, on display the ie bus

rizar is attending Kortrijk Busworld also Iexhibition this year. With 1,600 square meters of space, the Iberian manufacturer

will exhibit its new generation of coaches and several technological solutions aimed at integral and hybrid buses. At the stand, the top-class touring coach i8, the new Irizar i6S and the i4H bus, the latter in a hybrid version. At another stand, Irizar will focus on electric mobility by illustrating the big bid for the future with integral turn key electromobility solutions for cities. This is made p o s s i b l e thanks to Irizar E-mobility, the new company created by the Group and dedicated to 100% electric buses as well as to the main infrastructure systems required for charging, drive systems and energy storage. All the vehicles are designed and manufactured with the Group’s 100% European technology and with the guarantee of Irizar service.

The showcase of Irizar at Busworld will be completed by the 12-meter urban electric bus called ‘ie bus’ (Irizar electric bus) and the ‘ie tram bus’ (Irizar electric tram), a 18-meter articulated tram version bus. Both are 100% electric zero-emission vehicles. Don’t miss also the world premier of the Irizar pantograph charging system. «This new generation of buses and coaches, in addition to the several technological solutions that range from 100% electric integral buses to hybrid technology for Class II models for urban and intercity service», stated the Iberian manufacturer, «allows Irizar to cover every segment of public and private passenger transport, including urban, intercity and long-distance transport, and be leader in the sustainable mobility industry». The launch of all these innovative products will take place on October 20 at 11.30 am at Irizar stand 405 (Hall 4).

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The brand of CNH Industrial anticipates the launch of the Crossway Low Entry Natural Power with a special solution for gas cylinder storage. The rest will be a surprise veco Bus does not disclose everything for Iprises: Busworld Europe but promises many surBusworld 2017 will be particularly

rich of surprises. And who knows... maybe the Crossway has in store unexpected news!” For the moment “only” the world premiere of the Crossway Low Entry Natural Power, equipped with the next-generation CURSOR 9 NP engine, has been announced. Noteworthy is the innovative design obtained through the integration of gas cylinders in the roof. Being built in the front, they protrude only partially, thus reducing the overall height of the vehicle. This is an exclusive patented solution that optimizes the center of gravity of the vehicle in order to maximize the stability and comfort of drivers and passengers and it allows the vehicle to be used without any particular restrictions. Through the Crossway LE Natural Power, Iveco Bus thus expands the range of its top product for intercity buses, sold until now in almost 30,000 units.

Already available in the range of Urbanway city buses, methane gas-powered engines represent, according to Iveco Bus, “the only truly mature, affordable, oilfree, relevant and responsive solution to respond to the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s sustainable mobility”. The advantages are particularly remarkable in terms of levels of particulate matter and noise emissions. Using natural gas, particle levels keep close to zero, and NOx emissions are reduced by more than a third. Even noise levels are halved, with a consequent guarantee of silence for drivers, passengers and the outside environment. In addition to this, the Natural Power range is 100% compatible with waste-derived biogas. The environment could furthermore benefit from CO2 savings of up to 95%. For over 20 years in the field of alternative traction, Iveco Bus now also offers the Natural Power solution for interurban transport.

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On display is the new 10-meter touring coach, the urban Kent C with methane gas-powered engine and the ConceptCity 8.4-meter low floor bus with front-engine

trio of innovations has been announced A by the Turkish manufacturer for the European markets. Starting from the new Ulyso

10-meter touring coach that will take the place of the current Vectio T. More pronounced design, completely redesigned interior layout and a transport capacity up to 43 passengers. The Cummins ISB6.7E6 engine has been upgraded to 320 hp and it can be coupled to the ZF manual or automatic transmission. The second vehicle marks the entry of Otokar into the alternative traction bus sector. We’re talking about the Kent C 12-meter low floor bus equipped with methane gas-poweConceptCity 8.4 red engine. Finally, a particularly interesting proposal for short urban transport. The ConceptCity is a 8.4-meter bus which is fully lowered in the passenger area. The driver’s position, placed at a hiKent C CNG

gher height, is occupied on the right side by the bonnet that hides the engine. The Cummins ISB4.5 engine with a power output of 145 hp (107 kW) and 632 Nm of maximum torque is coupled to the Eaton ESO6206 manual transmission and is mounted longitudinally. It is equipped with rigid front axle, pneumatic suspension and EBS braking system with front discs brakes and rear drum brakes. The model has no retarder. With a width of 2.33 meters and two double-side doors (with manual ramp on the front one), it can accommodate 21 passengers on the Kiel seats plus 35 standing passengers and a wheelchair. At the stand will be showcased also a 10-meter urban low entry Vectio C equipped with Cummins engine and a 13-meter Territo U school bus. Ulyso

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The manufacturer from Bolechowo will launch in Kortijk the new Urbino, available in the 18-meter electric version and in the 10.5-meter hybrid and diesel edition

On display at the maxi stand of the Belgian manufacturer, several vehicles of the TX and EX ranges together with a pair of Exqui.Citys in hybrid version and a 24-meter trolleybus

On display electric, hybrid and diesel models. The Solaris Urbino 18 electric is 18 meters long and is based on the construction of the new generation Urbino launched in 2014. The vehicle is equipped with a ZF drive axle with integrated electric motors. The energy storage system consists of 240 kWh Solaris High Power batteries. The model on display will be fitted with batteries that can be charged either by means of a plug-in connector or via a roof-mounted pantograph. “What is important for operators,” stated the Polish manufacturer, “is that the new generation of Solaris Urbino electric 18 is not a test version but a mature serial product.” Among the first purchasers, the Cracow-based MPK to whom Solaris sup-

ferences to this important anniversary at the 2,000 square meter stand in Kortijk. A dozen models on display. Four belong to the TX range (TX11 Alicron, TX16 Astron, TX17 Altano, TDX27 Astromega) and four to the EX range (EX17 H, EX16 M, EX16 M, EX15 H). As far as the formers is concerned, and as pointed out by the manufacturer itself, the changes already implemented in the Astromega in 2017 will now also be applied to the other TX models. With regards to the EX range, instead, in addition to the significant weight reductions of the two-axle vehicles, the entire range has seen some developments both in the exterior design and in the interior, such as the renewed cockpit and the newly designed dashboard. These vehicles will be supported by a pair of Exqui.City models. The first is a 18-meter hybrid version powered by a

olaris Bus & Coach, present in Kortrijk S since 2001, will exhibit also this year at Busworld.

plied twenty units this summer, of which three articulated buses. The second vehicle on display is the new Urbino 12 with a serial hybrid drive, one of the 208 hybrid buses ordered by the Belgian operator TEC. These are the first Solaris buses that, in addition to adopting the hybrid unit HybriDrive of the American BAE Systems, use ultra- capacitors technology, known for its reliability, high efficiency and capability of reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The vehicle is equipped with an electric engine and a 4.5-liter 210-hp Cummins ISB4.5E6 diesel engine. Another product highlight is the new Solaris Urbino 10,5. Built on the basis of a 12-meter Solaris modules, it has been then shortened by 1.5 meters between the first door and the second axle. The wheelbase has been also reduced from 5,900 mm to 4,450 mm. The model on display at the fair is equipped with a 209-hp Cummins ISB6.7E6C engine, but as an alternative a DAF MX11 drive unit is available upon request. Inside it is fitted with 23 seats, a highly efficient air conditioning system, modern LED lighting (amber-coloured) and USB ports on the handrails for charging mobile devices.

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usworld 2017 represents a special ocB casion for Van Hool since it celebrates its 70th business anniversary. Several re-

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diesel engine and intended for the city of Belfast (thirty units ordered). The vehicle on display in Kortijk will be unveiled in the presence of government representatives and the transport operator from Belfast. The other Exqui.City is a double articulated trolleybus with a length of 24 meters. It is one of the 20 vehicles ordered by the City of Linz, Austria. The vehicle has an independent battery that allows the bus to be unplugged from the power grid and continue on its way autonomousl.

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VDL BUS & COACH VOLVO BUSES On display electric, lightweight and compact city buses as well as touring coaches. Models belonging to the Citea, MidCity and Futura ranges Busworld 2017, the Dutch manufacAT turer will range from the latest developments in electromobility through to the

lightweight Citea LLE for urban transport and from the compact MidCity midibus through to the touring coaches with three models of the Futura range. The segment of electric buses will be represented by a trio of models: the Citea SLFA181 Electric bus in a never-before-seen version, the Citea SLF-120 Electric model, which will be available for test drive and, in the outside area, a Citea LLE-99 Electric with fast charging station. Long-distance urban services will be represented by the VDL Citea LLE, a lightweight champion in the Citea range. New developments have helped reduce the unladen weight, making it even lighter. The fully equipped 12-meter model weighs less

than 9,000 kg. As well as the unladen weight reduction, together with the Start-Stop function and an integrated regeneration system, a reduction in fuel consumption of between 4% and 8% has been achieved, as compared with the previous generation LLEs. On display the Citea LLE-127, which at a length of 12.7 meters is the longest Citea LLE variant and features three doors. The extended wheelbase offers space for 4 additional seats as compared with the 12-meter variant. Always with regard to city buses, VDL will launch the MidCity, a vehicle that thanks to its compact dimensions (8,061 mm in length), the 70 cm extended wheelbase and the long rear overhang, it is highly manoeuvrable and ideal for transport applications in narrow streets or old city centres. Finally, as far as tourism is concerned, from the untarnished Futura range, VDL will present to the public for the first time the new Futura FHD2-135 with 52+1+1 seats and the Futura FDD2-141, a 14.1-meter double-decker with 74+1+1 seats, which can be a comfortable and adequate transport solution both for the demanding holiday market and for intercity business passengers. The last vehicle on display will be the Futura FHD2106 with 40+1+1 seats.

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The Swedish manufacturer will focus on electromobility with the Volvo 7900 Electric bus, safety and autonomous driving

Busworld 2017, the Swedish comAT pany will deal with the issues of electromobility, active safety and a “thinking

bus” through the vehicles and products on display. For the e-mobility segment, Volvo Buses will focus on the latest version of its electric offering: the Volvo 7900 Electric bus and the OppCharge charging system. The electric Volvo 7900 entered operation at the beginning of summer 2017 with the first four vehicles in the city of Differdange, Luxembourg. “Since then,” pointed out Volvo Buses, “several other orders have been signed, with Harrogate in England and Malmö in Sweden among the cities that have placed orders for Volvo’s electric buses.” The manufacturer also announced that next year is planning to test fully-electric articulated buses in regular operations in the

hometown of Gothenburg, where 10-and 12-meter electric and electric hybrid buses are already operating. The number of hybrids, electric hybrids and pure electric buses sold by Volvo Buses amount to more than 3,500 units worldwide. In Kortijk, Volvo Buses will also launch several solutions for active safety and autonomous driving, both for urban buses and long-distance models. The “Thinking Bus Simulator” will allow visitors to see in function systems such as Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS), Pedestrian and Bicycle Tracking System and Bus Stop Docking Concept, amongst others. For those who want to drive the vehicles, the Volvo 7900 Hybrid Articulated and the Volvo 9900 with VDS could be tested. Volvo Buses will exhibit at stand 502 in hall 5.

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Many innovative vehicles for the Setra and Mercedes brands. From the S 531 DT double-decker through to the Tourismo RHD, from the Citaro Hybrid through to the Sprinter City 45 ore than ever the next Kortrijk Busworld M will be full of surprises branded Daimler Buses. Setra will present for the first time

internationally the S 531 DT double-decker, of which we generously talked about on BusToCoach Magazine in September, and a trio of specially equipped models (S 515 HDH, S 511 HD and S 415 LE Business). For the Mercedes brand, there will be three world premieres: the Citaro Hybrid urban bus, the new range of Tourismo RHD highdecker touring coaches (see BusToCoach

Magazine in July/August) and the Sprinter City 45 minibus. The Active Brake Assist 4 emergency braking assistance system with pedestrian detection (see BusToCoach Magazine in September) and the new Omniplus On digital assistance services will also be launched. In order not to repeat again what already written about the new Setra S 531 DT and the Mercedes Tourismo RHD, we’ll focus on the Citaro Hybrid. In this case the generic term hybrid hides in fact a specific

solution, never seen before on buses. To understand its meaning, it is useful to remember that Mercedes Benz can boast about 50 years of experience in bus hybrid drive starting from the first OE 302 in 1969 to the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid in 2007. The latter adopted a serial hybrid drive system with electric motors on the rear wheels, technically ideal for urban transport, but economically too expensive for European transport companies that, in spite of their preference for hybrid buses, chose instead parallel hybrid technologies. Mercedes is back with a solution already

announced last year for Mercedes S Series cars. We’re talking about the Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) system, a 48-volt,



rom 2018, transport companies will F have access to all the information they need in order to use their bus fleet more

efficiently thanks to Omniplus On, a range of digital services that allow networking between vehicle, company and assistance services. Omniplus On integrates existing services such as Fleetboard (for evaluating driving styles, recording travel data, location, maintenance, driving times) with a series of new digital systems. Among them, the Omniplus On Uptime for real-time monitoring of the vehicle conditions, including full sensor technology, which can be downloaded via CAN bus network. There are about thirty functions and components under control, including doors, engine management and exhaust after-treatment cheaper and lighter system in terms of size and weight (only 156 kg more than the diesel version) compared to a full-hybrid bus, but with lower fuel savings. Thanks to the new electrohydraulic steering system, the Citaro Hybrid can reduce fuel consumption by 8% compared to the diesel version. It is equipped with a permanently excited synchronous electric motor with a maximum output of 14 kW and is fitted between New MERCEDES Tourismo RHD

system. In turn, Remote Bus allows you to access via the WLAN of the bus, therefore on the smartphone of the driver, information about tyre pressure, fuel levels, exterior lighting and the locking status of the doors. Finally, through the new Driver App, the driver is able to carry out all the necessary pre-departure checks on the basis of a checklist provided by the company, which in turn can receive the documentation in advance. Omniplus On will be available from the beginning of 2018 for Mercedes Citaro, Capacity and the new Tourismo buses, as well as for the Setra ComfortClass and TopClass Series 500. They will all be equipped with the “Fleetboard Bus Data Center” telematic services for data transfer.

the 299-hp (220 kW) OM 936 diesel engine and the ZF automatic transmission. Obviously, the electric motor does not allow to run in full-electric mode. Its function is to assist the combustion engine, especially when moving off, improving its performance. During braking, it acts as a current generator and the electric power generated is stored in 16 double-layer capacitors (supercaps) with a total capacity of 2 Ah mounted at the back of the roof. SETRA S 531 DT

MERCEDES Sprinter City 45

An inverter changes direct current to alternating current for the electric motor. Electric motor and inverter are water cooled through an extra radiator housed on the left rear side.

Hybrid drive branded Mercedes will be available on request on all models of the Citaro range equipped with OM 036 engine, including gas engine versions. Another world debut we’ve not yet talked about is the Sprinter City 45. The minibus previously available with right-hand drive only, and therefore destined for the British market, is now available with left-hand drive for all other European markets and others. It is built on the basis of the Sprinter van with long wheelbase (4,325 mm) and an extended rear overhang so as to reach a total length of 7.36 meters. In this way a fourth row of seats can be added to the raised rear increasing to 13 the number of seats. Added to this is standing room for up to nine passengers in the central low-floor area as well as room for a wheelchair and four folding seats. The power output of the engine can be 105 kW or 120 kW and the City 45 can be requested with a permissible GVW of 5.3 t.

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