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* Delhi - Govt aims to connect 125,000 villages with 80,000 mini-buses

--- The central government, in partnership with state governments, will purchase 80,000 mini-buses to connect 125,000 villages, two people aware of the matter said... The move, which could mean a windfall for mini-bus makers such as Tata Motors Ltd, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and Ashok Leyland Ltd, will also integrate the villages with the country’s economic mainstream, providing access to markets as well as better employment and education opportunities... 
 (Photo: An ordinary public transport bus, India)  --  New Delhi, India - LiveMint, by Amrit Raj/Jyotika Sood - Jul 13 2016


SELF-DRIVING BUSES SERVICE * Japan - Company plans to use EZ10 electric shuttle produced by EasyMile

* Japan’s - DeNA says get on the self-driving bus

--- Japanese mobile internet company DeNA Co. on Thursday said it would start a transportation service in Japan that uses self-driving buses, its latest push into autonomous driving... DeNA will use the EZ10 electric shuttle produced by EasyMile, a French driverless technology startup, that it has dubbed the “Robot Shuttle” ...  It will begin offering services next month at a large park partially managed by a shopping mall developer in Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo... The four-meter-long (13-foot-long) Robot Shuttle can accommodate as many as 12 passengers and travel at up to 40 kilometers (25 miles), an hour, DeNA said. The vehicle uses sensors, cameras and a Global Positioning System to navigate and avoid obstacles... Driverless buses have been tried—or will soon be—in places such as the Swiss city of Sion and Trikala, Greece... Aiming to commercialize its driverless transportation service by 2020, DeNA has said it would seek to offer unmanned cabs to foreign travelers and local residents in areas of Japan where buses and trains aren’t available... 
(PHOTO: ALEXANDER MARTIN/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - DeNA's driverless bus, the Robot Shuttle, in Tokyo on Thursday)  --  Tokyo, Japan - The WSJ, by Alexander Martín - July 7, 2016

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BUSES PURCHASE * Australia: Tasmania's - ** Canada/USA: New Jersey's

* Tasmania / Australia - Update on $31 million plan to upgrade Tasmania’s Metro bus fleet

--- The State Government hopes to lure a bus manufacturer to set up shop here to build 100 new Metro Tasmania buses... Companies vying for a luc­rative government contract to upgrade Tasmania’s ageing public bus fleet have taken part in an industry briefing... The State Budget included $31 million towards 100 modern buses and the State Government is keen for the buses to be built in Tasmania... Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said there had been strong interest in the contract... Metro Tasmania recently ordered seven new Scania art­iculated buses that would rep­lace five 30-year-old articulated buses... Metro chief executive Stuart Wiggins said the bigger buses would improve the packed services...
(Picture: MATHEW FARRELL - Metro CEO Stuart Wiggins was on hand as Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding delivered an update on the $31 million project to upgrade the state’s public transport fleet)  --  Hobart, Tasmania, Australia -  The Mercury, by BLAIR RICHARD - July 6, 2016 

* Manitoba / Canada - Winnipeg bus company hit by New Jersey money woes

--- A Winnipeg-based bus manufacturer says an order from New Jersey’s transit system has been put on hold following a state of emergency declared by Gov. Chris Christie due to funding problems... New Flyer Industries says its MCI subsidiary had received approval in May for the delivery of 142 motor coaches this year — part of an order for up to about 1,200 buses over six years... New Flyer says New Jersey Transit has advised the company, one of North America’s largest bus manufacturers, that there must be an orderly shutdown of all work for the bus contract... 
(Photo by Tamara Forlanski / Global News)   --   Winnipeg, Manitobba, Canada - Global News - July 11, 2016


POMONA TRANSIT's * USA: Greener buses

* California - Route to a greener future includes zero-emission buses

---  Every day, passengers at Foothill Transit’s Pomona Transit Center see something unusual: battery-electric buses pausing at the station to charge between dropping off and picking up passengers. Since 2010, these buses have been moving passengers through the cities of Pomona and La Verne with no pollution and no fossil fuels... Foothill Transit is just one of many transit agencies throughout California making the transition to cleaner buses. California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), a key policy designed to prevent climate change, is creating real monetary value and helping to make zero-emission buses economically viable... The LCFS calls for reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels 10 percent by 2020. Transit operators that use lower carbon fuels — in Foothill Transit’s case, electricity and natural gas — are able to generate credits and sell them in the market. At the current market value, the credits generate enough income to equal anywhere between 60 to 80 percent of the annual cost of the electricity required to power the Foothill Transit buses... According to a 2016 American Lung Association study, the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area still ranks No. 1 in ozone pollution nationally. The transportation sector is responsible for nearly 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, which create health impacts for all Californians... While the LCFS was intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it’s also proving to be a major tool in the fight to improve air quality. Through the use of cleaner vehicles, transit districts have helped the state save $1.6 billion in potential public health impacts... 
 (Photo: A Foothill Transit line 281 bus on Foothill Boulevard)  --   San Gabriel. CAL, USA - San Gabriel Tribune, by John Boesel and Doran Barnes - 5 July 2016

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ELECTRIC BUSES * USA: Opening up its patents for free

* California - Why this electric bus startup it's doing? It’s part of a strategy to push back against fossil fuels

--- Proterra, a startup that makes all-electric buses, is releasing its patents on its fast-charging technology, a move aimed at accelerating the adoption of electric transportation... The company said on Tuesday that it would grant anyone royalty-free access to its patents covering its single-blade overhead charging design as well other related components. Proterra said it’s working with its suppliers to open up the charging design to third parties... Popple’s reasoning is similar to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s explanation for releasing his company’s patents two years ago. At the time, Musk said the decision was to encourage large automakers to bring more electric vehicles to market...
(Courtesy of Protera/Photo by Ned Ahrens - Proterra, an electric bus manufacturer, has released patents on its fast-charging technolog)   --Burlingame, California, USA - Fortune, by Kirsten Korosec - June 28, 2016


DRIVERS' PAYMENT* USA: Bus drivers: Appallingly low wages

* DC - Time to eradicate sweatshops on wheels

--- Standards that working Americans have come to expect — and that have given millions a chance at better wages and working conditions — can be traced back to historic legislation enacted 78 years ago this month: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)... It is fitting that we mark the anniversary of the FLSA — few laws have done more to help establish a floor for working standards in America. And recent updates by the Obama Administration to extend the Act’s overtime protections to four million workers who were denied coverage because of outdated regulations are historic in their own right, and a cause for celebration... But this anniversary also marks another year that motorcoach drivers are exempt from overtime protections thanks to an indefensible — and in this case, unsafe — loophole in the law... Unlike 85 percent of the American workforce, intercity bus drivers are exempt from provisions in the FLSA, meaning they aren’t guaranteed time-and-a-half pay when they work more than 40 hours in a single week... There are more than 3,700 commercial motor coach and van companies in the United States — thanks to deregulation of the industry during the 1980s. This number of operators far surpasses what an under-resourced Federal Motor Safety Administration can monitor for compliance with federal rules, despite the agency’s best attempts to do so... Carriers notoriously pay their drivers appallingly low wages, which forces their employees to rely on second and third jobs just to pay their bills and put food on the table... It is time for Congress to end the motorcoach driver carve-out in the FLSA that has produced the deadly combination of low pay and driver fatigue on our highways... 
(Photo: GREYHOUND-BUS-STATION) -- Washington, DC, USA - The Huffington Post - 27 June 2016



* New York - Will transform both transportation and power generation

--- Low-cost, high-performance electric batteries are a game changer for the two key clean energy sectors: power generation and transportation. They enable much greater adoption and penetration of both renewable energy and electric vehicles — not just electric cars but electric buses and electric planes... Since lithium-ion batteries have only just crossed the key price point for enabling widespread usage in both sectors — $300 per kilowatt-hour — we are really just at the beginning of the battery-driven clean energy revolution... And as battery costs and performance continue to improve, they will find a growing use in the electricity storage market. Remember, the BNEF chart above is just for lithium-ion batteries for EVs... And these remarkable projections may actually be conservative because they don’t appear to include the likelihood that “used” or “second-life” EV batteries could be available in quantity with a warranty at a cost below $100/kwh in the coming years... Finally, the battery miracle is so transformational, it is driving NASA, Airbus, and many other plane manufacturers toward electrification of air travel...
New York, NY, USA - Climate Progress, by JOE ROMM - June 17, 2016

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TECHNO BUSES-STOP * Croatia: For export

* Croatia - New solar bus stops generate interest in Abu Dhabi

--- Energomobil company came to the idea to create a bus stop in line with the trends, technologically advanced and ecstatically attractive, functioning exclusively on solar power... They wondered why passengers waiting for a tram or bus couldn’t recharge their phones, go online, easing their wait considerably. Therefore they developed a new product, designed and produced in Croatia - the EasyBus solar bus station. The price of the station starts from 3,400 Euro + VAT, which is, Energomobil states, a very favourable price considering its energy independency. The construction is steel, seats are from Hpl laminates (a material resistant to all weather conditions), all electric equipment is from renown manufacturers of solar products and tempered glass on the back adds to the visual appearance and safety... The very maintenance of the station has been reduced to a minimum, while the electric equipment requires none, only an occasional battery change. As director of Energomobil Marija Mrvelj states, after the first presentation of solar stations in public, many have shown interest... 
(Photo: The price of the station starts from 3,400 Euro, made of the most resistant materials, with almost no maintenance for the electric equipment)  --  Croatia - Total Croatia News, by Igor Nobilo - June 17, 2016


Alexander Dennis Ltd. buses * UK: Sales up 12 percent

* Scotland - Bus maker sees growth accelerate

--- Profits and sales at Scottish bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) accelerated last year... Strong foreign sales offset demand for rival “Boris Buses” for vehicle manufacturer Alexander Dennis, which has reported a jump in sales and profits... The company registered 1,228 new buses in in the year, up 12pc o the last time around, maintaining Alexander Dennis’s share of the UK market at 43pc, according to latest results filed at Companies House... Strong demand in provincial and retail markets helped offset what the company called a “difficult” London market, with the launch of its new “Enviro” boosting sales... Overseas markets boosted the company’s performance, with record international sales of £261m, up 58pc on the previous year, already a record... The company called this a “remarkable” achievement, especially in the face of currency headwinds caused by sterling’s strength...
 (Photo: An Alexander Dennis technician at work)   --  Falkird, Scotland, UK - The Telegraph, by Alan Tovey - 27 June 2016


New Flyer & Nova Buses * Canada: To be made in China

* British Columbia - Future B.C. Transit buses to be made in China

--- Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a massive influx of $616 million into B.C.’s public transit infrastructure on Thursday, but what they failed to mention is where new buses will be manufactured. The answer? China... Unifor, the union representing Canadian auto workers, says they are disappointed to learn Canadian bus manufacturers New Flyer and Nova Bus were overlooked for a $35-million contract to construct 112 new buses, which has instead been given to Grande West Transportation... The Canadian-run Grande West manufactures Vicinity buses in China, including those currently used throughout the B.C. Transit region outside Metro Vancouver, and sells to many public transit markets across Canada... According to a May 10, 2016 release from the company, B.C. Transit awarded them a five-year contract worth over $35 million with an initial order of 41 buses for $13 million. An optional 71 buses are further included in the contract with the ability for units to be increased during the five-year term...
(Photo: B.C. Transit buses will be constructed in China, not Canada. Santa Bus) -- Vancouver, BC, Canada - Global News, by Jill Slattery - June 17, 2016

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YUTONG BUSES * Cuba: Market leader

* Havana - Chinese manufacturers grabbed strong foothold in Cuba

--- The International Convention and Exhibition of the Cuban Industry kicked off in Havana. 16 Chinese companies took part in the fair. And some of them have already taken a firm footholding in the country... At the heart of the exhibition center stand two brand new coaches from Yutong Group. The Chinese bus maker has become the market leader in Cuba, as millions of cubans take buses made by the company every day... "Over the past decade, Yutong Group has succeeded in developing in Cuba. This is not just our pride, but also the pride of Chinese brand and people," said Fang Mingliang, Yutong Group Cuban representative... Chinese manufacturers are becoming more influential around the world... Analysts say Cuba is in great need of almost all kinds of industrial products, thanks to decade-long economic blockade... 
(Photo: Yutong Buses in Cuba) -- Havana, Cuba -, by Ming Tian - 21 June 2016


VANHOOL BUSES * Belgium: Open a factory in Kazakhstan

* Kyzylorda - Belgian VanHool Buses to be produced in

--- Kazakhstan plans to start production of VanHool buses based on the technology of the Belgian company which annually manufactures approximately 1,400 buses and coaches and as many as 4,000 commercial vehicles... The total value of the agreement on bus construction, which will be based in Kyzylorda region, is 10 million euro (US$11.3 million) and will be financed by both parties... Kazakh participation will represent one quarter of the total production, said Baikonur head Temirkhan Kenzhebayev. The operation is expected to attract existing car building and automobile manufacturers, as well as plastic and textile production companies. Kazakhstan’s share in the production process is expected to increase after the launch of the Kyzylorda glass factory... Kenzhebayev added the project could enhance the level of interest of European and American markets to import components made of high-quality Kazakh glass... 
(Photo credit:   --   Brussels, Belgium - The Astana Times - 22 JUNE 2016

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MARI-BUS * Hungary: Searching an own market for buses

* Budapest - Hungarian made buses tendering for mayor public transport

--- Székesfehérvár-based bus manufacturing company Ikarus, could participate in building the 150 buses necessary to substitute Budapest’s metro line 3 during its renovation. While a decision is yet to be made by the Budapest municipal assembly, plans are that the factory will produce 30 buses in the framework of the cooperation project... The capital called two tenders in late August to purchase a sufficient number of buses to substitute traffic on Budapest’s busiest subway line. The first of these was won by Polish firm Solaris, while Hungarian MABI-BUS Kft. won the second with its diesel model MODULO M168d... On Wednesday, the government is expected to announce the national bus manufacturing strategy, which is expected to have a major impact on the re-industrialisation of Hungary, an objective pursued by the Orbán government, and suppliers... Recently, the Hungarian company manufactured 20 midi-buses, of which there is a rapidly expanding European market, for the Budapest public transport company BKV... 
(Photo: Zoltán Máthé/MNO)   --   Budapest, Hungary - Hungary Today - 9 June 2016


WOW!!! Now: ... 3D-printed buses * USA: They're are self-driving, and re-usable

* Arizona - Olli, the autonomous mini-bus that can be manufactured in a few hours

--- After introducing the world’s first-ever 3D-printed car, Arizona-based startup Local Motors is pushing a new mode of public transport system onto the US roads – 3D-printed buses that are self-driving, and re-usable... The 12-seater mini-bus, called Olli, can be booked through mobile apps. More interestingly, riders can customize Olli ride to their requirements. Once done, they can have the mini-bus in around 10 hours’ time; the time required to 3D-print and assemble the vehicles from company’s micro-factories. The manufacturers say the regulations don’t impose any restriction to this 3D-printed mini-bus for making its debut run... According to the manufacturers, the technology is more than ready for its commercial performance, and the real complexity now lies in ‘fielding’ Olli, i.e. to roll out the vehicle in a matter of hours to the riders. The entire process of 3D-printing the mini-bus parts gets completed in 10 hours, and it takes another one hour for its assembling... Micro-factories for the production of Olli are currently setup in Washington, and that’s where Olli will be making its debut. The introductory event took place in National Harbor, Washington D.C. on Thursday. Trial runs are expected to be carried out in the months ahead, and it will be followed by the expansion to cities like Las Vegas and Miami... The company is also eyeing global expansion to cities like Berlin, Copenhagen and Canberra. Local Motors John Rogers shares the view that over 100 micro-factories will have to be setup around the globe for the production of Olli mini-bus... 
(Photo: The technology used in Olli is IBM’s supercomputer platform called Watson. Olli also becomes the first to adopt the car-focused cognitive learning platform from IBM)   --  Phoenix, AZ. USA - Device Magazine, by Sanjeev Ramachandran - June 20, 2016

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CITY BUSES * New Zealand - More sustainable ones

* Wellington - Wrightspeed is outfitting city buses, with a cutting-edge electric bus system

-- The trolly system in Wellington, New Zealandwill soon be replaced by Wrightspeed's high-powered electric engines... Enter Wrightspeed, a San Jose, California, USA-based company that sells heavy-duty electric motors that can move oversized buses, delivery vans, and even garbage truck more efficiently, with less fuel and much less noise... A former Tesla Motors founder, Ian Wright started his own company on a seemingly simple premise, applying the massive sustainability gains of electric engines to the least sustainable vehicles on the road. The company’s electric motors, battery packs, and a gas turbine can provide lumbering, multi-ton motor vehicles with 60 percent better fuel efficiency and 90 percent cleaner emissions. It was a simple choice for Wellington to go with Wrightspeed technology, which will be installed in the city’s trolleys over the next year as part of a US$30 million deal announced last week... Says Zane Fulljames, CEO of NZ Bus. "The technology enables us to reimagine our trolley buses, rather than decommissioning them" ...

(Photo: The Wrightspeed engine system)
 ... The Wrightspeed hybrid system—an electric motor with extensive power and torque, a computer-controlled high-tech gear box and four-speed transmission, and a battery that’s charged by a gas-fueled turbine range extender called the Fulcrum—provides the push needed to move a heavy vehicle up hills with an electric engine, while giving it the extra juice needed to last through a long, arduous route with multiple stops... Wrightspeed doesn’t work for every heavy vehicle, but for the backbone of urban transport and heavy-duty hauling, the system saves fuel costs and reduces emissions, with the more expensive upgrade paying for itself in three to four years... The New Zealand deal marks Wrightspeed’s first move beyond providing delivery vehicles, and as Wright sees it, a large new market for its sustainable technology... 
(All images via Wrighspeed)   --  Wellington, NZ - Curbed, by Patrick Sisson - April 29, 2016

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RECALL by ALL * GERMAN's CAR MAKERS: 630,000 vehicles

* Germany - Manufacturers are recalling vehicles to fix diesel software as the clampdown 

(By TomWoodsTV - Oct 20, 2015: Eric Peters is the libertarian authority on cars, and writes at We discussed the VW issue, the $5000 SUV Americans aren't allowed to buy, a court case in New Jersey that allows the police to search your car no matter what you're stopped for, and more) 

 -- German car makers are to recall 630,000 cars to fix diesel emissions management software, a German govermnment official said... The recall, including Porsche, Volkswagen, Opel, Audi and Mercedes vehicles, widens a clampdown in the wake of the VW scandal - in which the car maker last year admitted using software to cheat on emissions tests... German officials had ordered a probe into on a broad range of vehicles as part of a broader investigation into high levels of health-threatening nitric oxide diesel emissions... The recall is aimed to tighten a legal loophole over emissions treatment systems, in order to ensure lower levels of pollution going forward, an official told Reuters... Meanwhile, a German official told the AFP news agency that it had uncovered anomalies in Renault engines, though the French car maker did not come under its jurisdiction... In the UK and Europe, where Volkswagen's market is much bigger than in the US, the car maker came under pressure to explain why motorists were not also being offered compensation... Regulators and prosecutors around the world are investigating the car maker after its admission last year, which affected 11 million vehicles globally... Meanwhile two other car makers are facing investigations from US officials... Meanwhile in the UK, the Government has revealed that all diesel cars it tested in the wake of the VW scandal exceeded laboratory pollution limits when looked at in real-world conditions... 
 London, EN, UK -- Sky News - 22 April 2016


DAIMLER's INVESTIGATION * Germany: Into emissions certifications

* Baden-Württemberg - Truck and bus maker Daimler rebuffed questions about an internal investigation into its emissions certifications

  (New drive technology - Daimler Trucks - Video by Bauforum24 TV - July 3, 2015: Baden-Württemberg, the gravel pit Jakob Bauer sons. Here Mercedes-Benz is demonstrating its latest drive technology: Hydraulic Auxiliary Drive) 

 -- German car, truck and bus maker Daimler AG rebuffed questions about an internal investigation into its emissions certifications as news of the probe sent shares lower Friday... Officials on a conference call with journalists were asked several questions about the matter but said they could provide no information beyond Thursday's announcement, as the issue overshadowed the company's announcement of first-quarter earnings... Stuttgart-based Daimler AG is investigating at the request of the U.S. government what it says are "possible indications of irregularities" in its emissions certification process... Daimler spokesman Han Tjan said Thursday that the Department of Justice contacted Daimler last week. The company is conducting an internal investigation of its exhaust emissions certification process... U.S. owners of Daimler's Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesels recently filed a class-action lawsuit claiming the cars are programmed in a way that lets them emit illegal levels of emissions. Daimler says the lawsuit's claims are without merit and that the Justice Department investigation is unrelated... 
Frankfurt, Germany - AP/Daily Reporter, by DAVID McHUGH - April 22, 2016



* Beijing - Fraud leaves China's electric car demand in doubt

--- The numbers may have looked too good to be true. Suzhou Gemsea Coach Manufacturing Co., operating out of a blue metal shed west of Shanghai, told the Chinese government it produced 3,700 electric vehicles last year -- almost all of them in one month... That month was December. When inspectors, accompanied by state TV reporters, swarmed the site in Suzhou to verify the numbers, they found a few Gemsea brand vans parked outside and hardly any modern assembly equipment inside... The investigation casts doubt on the accuracy of reported Chinese electric-vehicle sales that are double those in the U.S. ... As the Beijing Auto Show approaches next week, the government is examining whether it doled out money for fake transactions by domestic companies, with the answer potentially curbing bullish expansion plans by Tesla Motors Inc., BYD Co. and other makers... China’s regulators have proposed cutting subsidies for electric buses and imposing a price ceiling on passenger vehicles that qualify for incentives. It’s also considering a California-like system in which carmakers can earn credits by selling cleaner vehicles or buying them from one another to stay in compliance with government objectives... 
(Photo: China probes subsidies fraud)   --  Beijing, China - Bloomberg, by Jie Ma / Craig Trudell (SEE VIDEO too) - April 21, 2016


WRIGHTBUS * UK: Mr. Wright call Leave EU vote

* N.I. - The maker of London's red buses has called for a Leave vote on EU membership

--- William Wright claimed the costs of being in the union had grown while the benefits had fallen... He founded the Wrightbus manufacturer in Ballymena in Co Antrim, which is making almost 1,000 of the distinctive double-decker Routemasters and has exported to international markets including Singapore and Hong Kong... Dr Wright said: "It is my opinion that the best future for the UK and Northern Ireland is by releasing ourselves from the EU... We must look to all the world and not tie ourselves into the EU, where I believe costs have grown and benefits have fallen. I urge everyone in Northern Ireland to be diligent, to give this debate serious consideration and ultimately to vote Leave" ... The veteran entrepreneur was unveiled as the co-chairman of the Leave campaign in Northern Ireland. According to business organisation the CBI, a clear majority of its membership believe that it would be in the best interests of their business and the wider UK economy to remain inside the EU... 
(Photo: The firm makes the London Routemaster) -- Ballymena, North Ireland, UK - The Belfast Telegraph - 22 April 2016


TYRE MAKERS * Italy: Pirelli's too, it's entering USA

* Milano - Why Pirelli has its sights on U.S. truck and bus fleets

--- Pirelli is the latest tire manufacturer to join the charge into the North American truck and bus tire market. The company announced late last month it planned to supply the U.S. and Canada through a dedicated new entity called TP Commercial Solutions LLC... The medium and heavy commercial tire segment is forecast to be the fastest-growing tire segment in the market to 2020, according to a February report from analysts TechSci. Several major tire manufacturers, including Michelin, Armstrong and China’s largest privately held tire manufacturer, Triangle, have announced their plans to supply bus and truck tires into the North American market in recent months... Combined, the U.S. and Canada bus and truck tire market is the world’s largest in terms of value... Pirelli already supplies bus and truck tires and fleet management solutions to the global market, and the latest move represents an aggressive push of the company’s industrial business unit into North America... Pirelli owns and operates truck tire manufacturing facilities in Brazil, China, Egypt, and Turkey... 
 Milano, Italy - Traction, by Daniel Hatch - April 18, 2016


TYRE MAKERS * India: Are under stress

* Tamil Nadu - Chinese dumping takes toll on Indian tyre makers

--- With the import of truck and bus radials shooting up 64% in FY16, the bulk of the Rs 35,000-cr new investments by Indian tyre makers are under stress.. Further, the Chinese TBR import has come to account for 30-40 per cent of the replacement demand for TBR in India. A Chinese truck or bus radial costs $140-150 (Rs 9,400-10,000) in India, around 30 per cent lower than an Indian tyre costing Rs 15,000. According to ATMA, the per-unit import price from China in many cases is less than the cost of raw materials in India.. According to data for the April-December 2015 period, the average domestic production of TBR per month in India is 500,000 units. Apollo is the leader in this segment, followed by Chennai-based MRF and Delhi-based JK Tyres... 
Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, India - Business Standard, by Swaraj Baggonkar - April 21, 2016


NEW BUSMAKER * Africa / NIGERIA's "Autobully"

* Nigeria: Unizik students make mini bus from local materials

--- The time for Nigeria to look inwards is now. We have all the resources, both human and material, to be great... To ensure that Nigeria is counted among automobile manufacturers in the world, an industrialist, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, chairman of Innoson Group of Companies, took a bold step by investing in the Automobile sector. The Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Company has made Nigeria proud... Today, they design and manufacture Hummer buses, Waste vans, Luxury buses, Hilux vans, Saloon cars, Jeeps and so on in Nigeria and by Nigerians... Ezeigwe said the aim was to construct a mini bus using locally sourced materials, which is more durable and can better stand the test of time, compared to other brands out there... "We named it Autobully," said Obinani Victor, explaining that the brand name, coined from the normal bullion van, fits the shape of the mini bus... 
Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa - All Africa, by Ebele Orakpo - 21 April 2016


BYD ELECTRIC BUSMAKER * China: Entering american market

* Shenzhen - A Chinese automaker is taking a back road into the American market on a battery-powered bus

-- The Chinese automaker is taking a back road into the American market on a battery-powered bus... Detouring around the cost and risk of consumer sales, BYD Co. has quietly built a U.S. business supplying rechargeable buses to environmentally-minded transit agencies. Its factory north of Los Angeles, opened in 2013, is on track to deliver 300 this year... The company has dipped its toe into the U.S. auto market by launching test fleets of plug-in electric taxis in Chicago and New York City... BYD's batteries are heavier than its competitors' but the company says their iron phosphate chemical mix is safer than those made of lithium and cobalt that sometimes can catch fire if punctured... Abroad, BYD faces more hurdles in countries that don't promote electric vehicles as aggressively as China does... In its home city of Shenzhen, the local government has bought more than 4,000 buses and the government of surrounding Guangdong province ordered 6,432 this week. The state-owned utility installs charging stations — something BYD cannot take for granted in other markets... 
(Photo - An electric bus produced by China's BYD Co., is parked at the announcement of the opening of an electric bus manufacturing plant)  --   Shenzhen, China - AP/The San Francisco Chronicle — April 22, 2016


BUSES BREAKDOWN * India: Driver accused of demand 10,000 Rs.

* Delhi - ‘We have proof of conspiracy to sabotage scheme’

--- Transport Minister says a DTC driver has been accused of staging bus breakdown for money... A departmental inquiry has been ordered against the driver of a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus after allegations that he staged a breakdown in lieu of money, Transport Minister Gopal Rai said here... This, Mr. Rai said, was “proof” that a “conspiracy” is being hatched to “sabotage” the second phase of the scheme... The complainant will now, according to Mr. Rai, be made to confront some DTC drivers deployed on the said route on the day of the breakdown to identify the accused following which penal action will be taken against the accused... Meanwhile, owing to numerous and frequent breakdowns, the government has decided to review terms and conditions of agreement with bus manufacturers such as Tata and Ashok Leyland, which lease their buses to the public transporter, Mr. Rai added... 
(Photo: According to DTC officials, the low-floor buses run by the corporation report about 300 breakdowns per day on an average while the standard floor buses report between 75 and 100 breakdowns in a day) -- Delhi, India - The Hindu - April 24, 2016



* California - Burlingame-based electric bus company looks to transform transit

--- A recent addition to Burlingame’s business landscape is attempting to do for commuter buses what Tesla Motors has done for passenger cars... Backed by some of the same investors who funded Tesla, and employing former Tesla personnel as well, Proterra, Inc. builds futuristic-looking, battery-powered electric buses that offer enough driving range to rival the fossil fuel-powered vehicles they’re designed to replace... The bus bodies are made from advanced composite materials, with their lower and upper halves each coming out of molds and being fused together like a clamshell... And going full-electric eliminates about 2,000 pounds of conventional bus drivetrain, adding that the engine and gearbox in a Proterra bus typically weigh less than 300 pounds... The combination of large batteries and low curb weights allow the buses to run longer. The extended range models are charged overnight, and store enough energy to run all day without recharging... Meanwhile, the fast-charging models make use of overhead chargers installed at bus stops along their routes. During the few minutes it takes customers to board or exit a coach, the charger aligns itself with the vehicle’s charging port, providing enough energy to keep the bus running for two or three hours... In February, the San Francisco Examiner reported that Muni’s new electric buses appear to struggle up San Francisco’s hills, though transit officials said they are satisfied with the new buses’ performance... 
(Photo courtesy Proterra Inc. - Proterra, a new electric bus company, could change the landscape of public transportation in the Peninsula)  --  San Francisco, CAL, USA - San Francisco Examiner, by Brendan P. Bartholomew - April 17, 2016

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ELECTRIC BUSES * Canada - Government grant $ 10 million

* Ontario - Brampton Transit joins other communities in proposed electric bus trial

--- Brampton Transit is one of eight municipal transportation agencies jumping aboard a large-scale zero-emission bus trial getting financial backing from the provincial government... Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, was at a Brampton Transit depot Monday morning to announce her government is providing $10 million over four years to the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) to help develop next generation transportation technologies focused on reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions... Transit services in Durham, Oakville, York Region, Woodstock, St. Catharines, Ottawa and Kingston are also part of the proposed demonstration project at this early stage... Electric buses can cost about $1 million each. While the electric vehicles are expensive to purchase, she noted, Brampton’s current stable of diesel and bio-diesel buses are also expensive to run... The city has to purchase about $14 million litres of fuel a year, according to Connor... 
(Photo by Bryon Johnson - One of the green electric powered buses being tested at the Brampton Transit Terminal on Sandalwood Parkway on Monday April 25)   --  Brampton, ONT, CAN - The Brampton Guardian, by Roger Belgrave - 26 April 2016



SATISFACTION ON BUSES * UK: 90% (survey) passengers agreed

* Lincolnshire - Bus service in Grimsby and Cleethorpes rated among country's best

-- Bus passengers in Grimsby and Cleethorpes have rated local public transport provisions as some of the best in the country according to a new survey... Results of a bus passenger survey by the national body representing bus and rail passengers, Transport Focus, shows that overall satisfaction for passengers in North East Lincolnshire stands at a staggering 90 per cent... The findings mean the bus users in the region are among some of the happiest in the country... The independent survey found that local passengers ranked the punctuality of the region's buses as the best in the country and the second best for value for money... 
(Picture: Rick Byrne - LIKE CLOCKWORK: Stagecoach buses in Grimsby town centre, which have been given a 90 per cent satisfaction rating by users. -PN: Look at the floor, it looks like the living room of a mansion house !!!) -- Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK - The Grimsby Telegraph - April 05, 2016


Yutong BUSMAKERS * China: 35% profit

* Henan - Bus maker Zhengzhou Yutong posts 35-pct profit growth

-- Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., China's leading bus maker, posted a net profit growth of 35.31 percent in 2015, thanks to booming sales of new energy coaches... The company made a net profit of 3.54 billion yuan (543 million U.S. dollars), according to its annual report filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Tuesday... Revenue hit 31.21 billion yuan, up 21.31 percent year on year. Earnings per share stood at 1.6 yuan, compared with 1.18 yuan one year earlier... Zhengzhou Yutong's sales of new energy coaches jumped 176.1 percent year on year to 20,446, as environmentally-conscious local authorities increasingly choose green vehicles... The bus maker held a 20-percent share of the domestic bus market last year, and it will continue to improve its competitiveness in 2016, according to the report... 
 (Photo: Ended buses at Yutong Bus factory in Zhengzhou, China) -- Beijing,China - Xinhua/Shanghai Daily - Apr 05,2016


DELIVERED 16% more BUSES * Australia: Month basis

* NSW - Eighty-six buses were delivered in March, compared to 74 in February

-- Scania led the pack with 25 buses delivered, followed closely by Volvo with 24 deliveries. Volgren built the bodies of 25 buses delivered last month, while Custom Bus was involved in 20 deliveries. The majority of other bus body builders were involved in the delivery of less than five units each... Only 74 buses were delivered in February, compared to 92 the month before... Volvo led the way with 30 buses delivered, followed at a distance by Scania with 20 deliveries. Notable deliveries include 10 route service buses to the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia... Volgren built the bodies of 29 buses delivered last month, while Irizar was involved in seven deliveries. Bustech also had a strong showing in February and was involved in five deliveries... 
 Sydney, NSW, Australia - ABC - 13 April 2016


ELECTRIC BUSES * Australia: Arrives new busmaker

* Victoria - Australian-made electric bus to roll out in July this year

-- Allen Saylav has taken the helm at the new Australian electric bus manufacturing organisation AVASS. He's confident that the manufacture of electric buses in Australia will be a success... Melbourne-based electric vehicle manufacturer AVASS has a newly-leased 12,500 square-metre factory at Avalon in Melbourne’s western suburbs and will manufacture electric vehicles under the AVA brand including electric buses, cars, motorcycles and trucks... Manufacturing mainly commercial vehicles, AVASS will focus on 12-metre city passenger, 12-metre coach and 9-metre passenger buses along with Small Trucks under 7000 kilograms... AVASS is confident the organisation will generate jobs and fill the hole left by the closure of manufacturing giants Holden, Toyota and Ford... Fully-supported by the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, the organisation has entered into a five-year lease at Avalon, with the capacity to hire up to 500 people... 
(Photo: AVASS' buses factory) -- Melbourne, VIC, Australia - Busnews - 12 April 2016


CITY's POLLUTION * Mexico: Buses baned

* DF - Smog-alert car ban jams metro, buses in Mexico City

... Under new regulations imposed after the capital recently experienced its worst air-quality crisis in over a decade, 40 percent of cars were ordered off the road after smog levels hit 1½ times acceptable limits Tuesday... Pollution levels went down somewhat Wednesday, and the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis said only about half that amount of vehicles would be kept off the streets Thursday... With 2 million of the capital’s cars ordered out of circulation Wednesday, fares were temporarily waved for some public transportation. Buses crawling along the central Reforma boulevard were crowded during the morning rush hour... Martin Colin, a 53-year-old taxi driver, pointing to a bus jammed front-to-back with standing commuters. “They look like little sardines. The buses are full, full”... The vehicle ban does not apply to public or private buses — something that has drawn criticism since many privately operated minibuses are notorious for belching thick black smoke... 
(Photo by Dario Lopez-Mills/Associated Press - A man rides his bicycle along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. City authorities have barred millions of vehicles from the streets due to a pollution alert) -- Mexico City, DF, MEX - AP/The Washington Post, by Peter Orsi - April 6, 2016

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* D.C. - Will test bus-only lanes on a short stretch of Georgia Avenue

-- New dedicated bus lanes debut next week in a four-block stretch of Georgia Avenue NW, in what would be the District’s first enforceable bus lanes in decades... Although it’s a short third-of-a-mile stretch of transit lane, officials say it should help speed up bus travel in what currently is a clogged portion of the route served by Metrobus routes... The 70s line is one of the city’s busiest, carrying about 20,000 passengers from downtown Washington to downtown Silver Spring. Buses in the corridor have high ridership throughout the day. Now the buses will have their own lane from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday trough Saturday, DDOT said... The bus lanes pilot on Georgia Avenue answers growing calls for prioritizing bus travel in some of the region’s busiest corridors where buses carry a substantial number of commuters yet are often stuck behind the general traffic. Metro, an active advocate for bus lanes, hasn’t had many dedicated lanes since most of the region’s more than 60 miles of bus lanes faded into history after the arrival of Metrorail in the 1970s. The agency currently runs buses on transit-only lanes in Alexandria... D.C. transportation officials say they hope to use the Georgia Avenue pilot as testing ground for larger future projects. DDOT also is planning to install rush-hour bus lanes along 16th Street NW...
 (Photo courtesy of Metro: Bus Lane on 14th Street next to the Mall in the early 1970s) -- Washington, DC, USA - The Washington Post, by Luz Lazo - April 5, 2016

* Virginia - To help ease Va. 7 congestion, a plan for bus-only lanes

-- New buses that can zip past traffic in their own lanes are the recommended way to help Northern Virginians navigate a congested Va. 7 between Tysons and Alexandria... The recommendation being presented Thursday is that buses would follow the Spring Hill Metro to Falls Church where the buses would then follow the red line to connect to East Falls Church, then continue to the Mark Center only, without continuing to either Van Dorn St. or King St. Metro stations... As presented, the proposed bus route is expected to draw 9,500 new transit riders each day, at a construction and related cost 70 percent less than light rail and operating costs about 40 percent lower than light rail... With bus-only lanes, like those that have opened along Route 1 between Arlington and Alexandria, buses would be able to bypass much of that traffic to speed up trips. That Metroway service is set to open additional bus-only lanes in Arlington on April 17...
 (Image Courtesy of NVTC) -- Washington, DC, USA - WTOP, by Max Smith - April 6, 2016

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