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18.8.14

BUSMAKERS NEWS WORLDWIDE * Australia - Canada - Egypt

* South Australia - Most Custom Coaches jobs to go in Adelaide despite bus firm's sale to consortium


(Photo: Most of Custom Coaches' Adelaide workforce is going) 
Adelaide,SA,Australia -ABC News -18 Aug 2014: -- Just 13 jobs will be saved in Adelaide following the sale of troubled bus company Custom Coaches to a consortium... More than 100 Sydney jobs and 62 in Adelaide were lost after the company went into administration in July... Of the 300 people employed before July, about 120 will now stay with the new company, including 110 in Sydney... Adelaide's Royal Park site is gradually being closed with manufacturing operations to be based solely in Sydney... 


* Canada / Quebec - Bus maker Foton (China) orders more than 200 TM4 SUMO HD systems
Boucherville,QC -Inside EVS, by Mark Kane -14 August 2014: -- Canadian company TM4 has had a busy summer, as its Chinese joint-venture Prestolite E-Propulsion Systems (PEPS) received an order for more than 200 SUMO HD electric powertrains... This multi-million dollar order comes from Foton, one of China’s largest bus manufacturers, which would like to use the SUMO HD in both the 12 meter and 18 meter bus configurations... PEPS was established about two years ago with Prestolite Electric Beijing Limited. Previously, in July got the company got its first volume order for more than 100 powertrains...
Those were for SUMO HD and smaller SUMO MD units for BLK buses platforms of 6 and 8 meters... All together PEPS will deliver more than 300 powertrains, but the company has capacity to produce over 10-times more annually in Beijing...
(Video from YouTube, by TM4 -Jun 4, 2014: This video showcase TM4's products for buses and trucks electrification and hybridization, such as electric motors / generators, motor controllers / inverters units and vehicle controllers)
“Developed for performance and durability, the TM4 SUMO systems are optimized for medium-and heavy-duty electric and hybrid vehicles such as 6-18 meter buses, delivery trucks, shuttles, tow tractors and more. By allowing direct-drive operation, the TM4 SUMO systems reduce the powertrain’s complexity and cost, allowing for a simple, efficient and low-maintenance solution. A direct-drive system yields over 10% efficiency gains throughout the driving cycle, representing an equivalent gain in battery usage. Some of TM4 SUMO systems are offered with a double-ended shaft option, allowing for easy integration in many hybrid-electric powertrain architectures” ...


* Egypt - UAE project to offer 600 buses
(Photo: The Egyptian company Ghabbour Auto disclosed a $ 70 million joint venture with Brazil's Marcopolo for a bus assembly facility project in Suez on the Red Sea) Cairo,Egypt -Gulf Today -August 15, 2014: -- The GB Auto, it's a leading manufacturer of bus and commercial vehicles... At the GB Auto facility, UAE Minister of State, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), Dr. Bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, viewed the final model of buses, which the UAE Project in Egypt will supply 600 of them to the Transport General Authority... 300 buses will be manufactured by UAE-based bus manufacturers Hafilat Industries while the remaining 300 will be built by Egyptian auto importer and manufacturer Ghabbour Auto... The fleet will meet 30 per cent of the public transport programme requirements of Greater Cairo and ease traffic movement...

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