The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro battery electric bus today represents the best compromise between sustainability, comfort and safety. Daimler Buses has also been the only manufacturer, to date, to declare a range that actually corresponds to that registered by the bus in real condition operations. Also, noticeably, Daimler Buses has stated that the current eCitaro is the starting point for future technological steps.
The current Mercedes-Benz eCitaro features lithium-ion batteries for a maximum capacity of 292 kWh, that ensure a range of around 170 km in city operations (SORT 2). The eCitaro will be available with 330 kWh batteries by 2021.
Iveco Crossway NP NF
The Iveco Bus Crossway NP in Normal Floor version inaugurates a new category and allows operators to deal with the topic of energy transition even in suburban routes where diesel engines, to date, have a full monopoly.
The Iveco Bus Crossway NP Normal Floor is powered by a 360 hp natural gas engine and, thanks to the positioning of the tanks integrated in the roof, ensures high manoeuvrability and a homogeneously distributed weight balance.
This architecture has the advantage of preserving space in the luggage compartment, a crucial element for lines on extra-urban routes.
VDL Futura FHD2
The VDL Futura FHD2 with new driveline features a 100 kilos reduction of the total weight, the frontal kneeling system that activates when the speed is over 95 km/h and and the Predictive Powertrain Control.
Last but not least, the coach by VDL represents the best application so far of the new driveline composed by the Daf MX-11 (in a renewed version) together with the ZF Traxon transmission.
Thanks to this full package, the 13-metre two axles version of the Futura FHD2 has set some fuel consumption records according to tests drive carried by several European magazines.
Iveco Crealis 18 m In-Motion-Charging
The ‘In Motion Charging’ technical solution, that allows the vehicle to run in full electric mode where there is no aerial infrastructure, can both preserve the future of trolleybuses and optimize the debut of newcomers into the ‘electro-mobility world’.
The main advantage is the weight optimization and the downsizing in terms of battery packs. This means a triple positive impact: on cost, on recyclability and on safety.
Iveco Bus, powered by Skoda Electric, places on the market a trolleybus capable of adapting to any usage profile without having any harmful impact on the historical city centers.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro Hybrid
The mild hybrid Mercedes-Benz Citaro Hybrid optimizes fuel consumption with a reasonable extra-cost.
In-line rear axle Mercedes RO440 also gives an extra rolling resistance optimization compared to the urban version.
The vehicle offers a good balance of evaluations according to SBY’s criteria.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro Hybrid represents a unique product in its segment: a 7.7 litres diesel engine (260 kW) works together with a 14 kW electric motor water cooled that takes electricity from supercaps.
The launch of the new 9900 range represents a real turning point for Volvo.
The new coach raises the level of comfort and aesthetic impact: the outcome is a coach full of novelties.
Modern design, improved Cx and new driving area, together with the well known Volvo Dynamic Steering, are just some of the main new features developed by the Swedish manufacturer.
Under the bonnet, six cylinders D11K is available in 430 or 460 hp version. It works together with I-Shift transmission.
Vdl Citea Slfa-181 Electric
Future urban mobility will be electric. It’s the shared opinion of Europe and Uitp.
Vdl is the first manufacturer with a strict modular electric driveline for all models. Vdl Citea Electric range embraces 9 to 18,75 meters models. In particular, 18 meters buses are powered by Siemens electric engine capable of delivering 210 chilowatt for a peak torque of 3.800 Nm.
Thanks to the lighter body now on market, Vdl Citea Slfa-181 Electric can board up to 145 passengers, a number of passenger very close to a similar diesel bus.
Citea Electric can meet every operational and infrastructural need thanks to an offer that covers both pantograph and plug-in charging systems.
Iveco Crossway Le NP
It’s the first time a manufacturer proposes an intercity low entry bus with gas engine. Iveco accepts the challenge with an innovative product.
Four gas tanks (over than 1.200 liter of capacity) are positioned on the front part of the roof so as not to affect the maximum height of the bus, which remains the same as diesel versions.
Iveco has opted for brand new Cursor 9 Cng engine (360 hp and 1.650 Nm) and automatic transmission in order to meet different kind of needs. Thanks to the tanks big capacity, Crossway Le Natural Power promises an autonomy of more than 600 km, the same as a similar diesel bus, but with significantly reduced emissions of polluting substances.
Setra ComfortClass S516 Hd/2
The 13 metres two axles coach represents the new standard for touristic services.
Setra, with the ComfortClass S 516 Hd/2, proposes to the market a coach with high technical features.
The Om 470 Euro VIC engine coupled with Mercedes Powershift (6 or 8 gears) creates a balance between comfort and low consumption.
This last result relies also on Ppc (Predictive Powertrain Control) and Edf (Eco Drive Feedback) systems.
About safety, Setra comes with Fcg (Front Collision Guard) and with Aba 3 (Active Brake Assist 3).
Volvo 9900 Vds
Volvo 9900 Vds is the only coach provided with a revolutionary steering system (Volvo Dynamic Steering), wich increases comfort for both driver and passengers.
The jury has identified, in this specific case, comfort as an intrinsic element of sustainability concept. In order to persuade more people than possibile to abandon private cars for collective transportation, buses and coaches must offer high comfort standards.