* The Netherlands - VDL to buy Nedcar plant for €1, but nothing has been signed yet
Born,Limburg,Holland -DutchNews -11 July 2012: -- Japan's Mitsubishi Motors has agreed to sell the Nedcar plant in Born, Limburg to Dutch industrial group VDL for a token €1... The Japanese firm said it had agreed a token price with the VDL group in exchange for keeping the plant running... Mitsubishi said last year it was stopping production at the plant at the end of this year, giving rise to fears 1,500 jobs would be lost... On Tuesday, BMW confirmed it would start producing its popular Mini cars at the Dutch plant... Despite the reported Mitsubishi statement, a spokeswoman for VDL told the Telegraaf no actual agreement has yet been signed. 'This is an agreement in principle,' she said...
* Sweden - Göterborg Energi orders two Opbrid Busbaar ultra-fast bus charging stations for Hyperbus Project
Gothenburg,Sweden -Busworld (Belgium) -13 July 2012: -- Göteborg Energi, the electricity provider for the City of Gothenburg, awarded a contract to Opbrid SL (Granada, Spain) to provide two Opbrid Bůsbaar ultra-fast bus charging stations for the HyperBus demonstration project in Gothenburg City. This project will consist of three new Volvo plug-in hybrid buses running in traffic and charging for 5-8 minutes at each end of the #60 bus line.
The plug-in hybrid bus is based on the existing Volvo 7900 hybrid bus design, but with the addition of a larger, energy-optimized battery and the ability to connect to the Opbrid Bůsbaar ultra-fast charging station. Use of the Bůsbaar extends the all-electric range of the hybrid bus to a predicted 75% or more of the route...
* USA - New Flyer unveils first all-electric transit bus prototype
(Photo: The New Flyer's 40-foot “E-Bus”)
St. Cloud,MN,USA -Busworld (Belgium) -12 July 2012:
-- New Flyer Industries Inc., manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses
in Canada and the United States, has unveiled its prototype all-electric
40-foot Xcelsior heavy-duty transit bus... The bus is equipped with an
electric drive and is modified to carry advanced lithium ion batteries
from MHI that are charged from the city’s electrical grid instead of by a
conventional diesel engine... Further demonstration and testing of the
electric bus will occur during the next two years starting with dry-run
operational testing by project personnel and then moving to operation
under select route conditions...
* Bahrain - Hyundai rolls out news bus in
(Photo: A hyundai Universe Limousine Bus)
Manama,Bahrain -Busworld (Belgium) -11 July 2012:
-- The official distributor of Hyundai in Bahrain,
recently introduced several new models from the Korean automaker to its
commercial vehicle range, including medium and heavy duty trucks and
buses... The Hyundai Universe Limousine buses are an upscale transport
solution for private corporations and VIPs. Powered by Hyundai’s
Powertec engine, the new Universe bus has received a complete makeover
with additional fittings such as a wheelchair fixing device and lift
controller. The interiors of the bus feature ultimate luxury and comfort
with comfortable seating, LED lighting and an in-built lavatory...
* Indonesia - Launches locally developer electric bus
Yakarta,Indonesia -Busworld (Belgium)
-10 July 2012: -- At the 17th National Technology Awakening Day
Information Center, researchers from the Indonesian Academy of Sciences’
(LIPI) Mechatronics and Electric Power Research Center came out with an
electric bus prototype that is able to carry 17 passengers with a top
speed of 100 kilometers per hour. A fully charged 500-Ampere LifeP04
lithium battery can power the bus for a distance of some 150 kilometers.
Using the battery, researchers claim the bus will reduce operational
costs by some 50 percent and maintenance costs by some 70 percent, and
furthermore, the well-known benefits such as being energy efficient,
environmentally friendly, and low emission producers ... The fact that
the battery is still imported, however, will place a heavier burden on
manufacturing costs once the bus is mass-produced. Each electric bus
costs some Rp 1.2 billion (US$127,200)...
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