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Buses World News

In brief: Worldwide montly news & informations about Buses, Busmakers, Passengers' and the Transport Industry



* Colombia - SCANIA delivering 295 city buses to Bogotá

(Photo: A Scania Marcopolo BRT)
Bogotá,Colombia -Busworld -17 Nov 2011:  --  Scania has received an order for 295 bus chassis from the Colombian cooperative Coobus, one of the operators responsible for the public transport system in Bogotá. The buses will be delivered during 2012 and 2013 and will be put into service on new routes in the capital city’s TransMilenio bus transport system...  Bogotá has one of the world’s most highly developed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, with 1,400 articulated buses in service, of which more than 200 have been delivered by Scania to date...  Scania’s delivery to Bogotá consists of 277 two-axle city bus chassis with 250 hp engines and 18 three-axle articulated bus chassis with 310 hp engines. The buses will be bodyworked in Colombia by the Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo...

* India - ASHOK LEYLAND to supply 700 CNG buses to Delhi

New Delhi,India -Busworld -19.11.2011: -- Ms Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, flagged off 50 Ashok Leyland CNG buses (BS4) to ply in identified clusters in the city, at a function held in the Capital recently. These front-engine, semi-low floor buses form the initial lot of a total of 700 such buses to be supplied in the coming months...  Ashok Leyland demonstrated the performance and cost benefits of the front engine, semi-low floor arrangement – a pioneering combination introduced by the Company in 2006 in Mumbai... 



* Argentine - BYD to produce pure-electric city buses in

(Photo: BYD K9)
Buenos Aires, Argentine -Busworld -23 Nov 2011: -- Recently, the Argetinian Minister of Industry signed an agreement with BYD Company concerning the production of electric city buses and lithium batteries in that country... Minister, Débora Giorgi, signed the agreement with the chairman of the board of directors and CEO of BYD Company, Wang Chuanfu, which says that the BYD Company will start produce electric buses and accessories in Argentina...

* USA - Alcoa Develops New All-Aluminum Design for New BYD Electric Bus

(Photo from Business Wire: New BYD aluminium bus)
New York,NY,USA -Business Wires/ALCOA (PR) -November 10, 2011: -- Alcoa today announced it has developed a new all-aluminum space frame and bus design for BYD that has reduced the weight of the new BYD Electric Bus body by 40 percent, or nearly one ton, versus steel options. The first two BYD Electric Bus prototypes were launched this week in Changsha City, Hunan Province, China... In addition to reducing the weight of the bus body, Alcoa solutions including Alcoa forged wheels and Huck Spin® fasteners reduced the overall bus weight by 1.2 tons in total. The combined weight savings are expected to help improve the overall range of the electric bus by at least 10 percent. The new bus has a range of approximately 300 kilometers (188 miles) on a full charge...

* UK - London Starts experiments with Wireless Charging for Buses

(Photo: A Optare Solo bus)
London,UK -Busworld -14 Nov 2011: -- Qualcomm Incorporated announced the first Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) trial for London...  The pre-commercial trial is expected to start in early 2012 and will involve as many as 50 electric vehicles (EVs). The trial will use Qualcomm wireless inductive power transfer technology that enables high-efficiency power transfer across a large air gap...  It is very easy to use: the driver simply parks the vehicle in the usual way and the system automatically aligns for power transfer, making parking easier and charging hassle free...

* China - COSLIGHT to produce pure electric buses within two years

Hong Kong,China -Busworld -22 Nov 2011: -- The Hong Kong-listed battery manufacturer Coslight Technology International Group Co., Ltd. (Coslight) intends to produce pure electric buses within two years, revealed Coslight chairman Song Dianquan recently. With the production lines in its Harbin base expanded, the annual battery production capacity will increase to 400,000 kWh... The company’s lithium-ion battery life can reach seven years, according to Coslight, and is rechargeable till up to 3,000 times. Vehicles equipped with these batteries can reach a speed up to 120 km/h... According to Song, there are eight auto manufacturers that have applied the lithium-ion batteries it developed for electric vans, and the company has signed agreements with Chongqing Hengtong Bus and GAC to provide 34 lithium-ion battery systems for the two Chinese automakers. The company expects to double sales revenue of the lithium-ion batteries...

* India - Tata brings AC buses for commuters

(Photo by Amran Hossain/Star Business Report: Indian Tata Motors plans to market 300 air-conditioned buses in Bangladesh, targeting commuters in Dhaka city)
Dhaka City,Bangladesh -The Daily Star Business -25 Nov 2011:  --  Indian Tata Motors yesterday launched its low-floor air-conditioned bus in Bangladesh  to attract city bus service providers... India's largest automobile company said it wants to market 300 AC buses, especially among the bus service providers in Dhaka... Tata Motors Managing Director, PM Telang, said:  "  Tata wants to bring in manufacturing facility in Bangladesh..."

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* Zhengzhou: Yutong Bus Co., Ltd. Subsidiary Signs Contract

(Photo: Yutong Bus model XHXFL08)
Zhengzhou,Henan,China -Reuters (UK) -8 Nov 2011: -- Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., Ltd. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary signed a contract with a Venezuela-based company, FONTUR, to provide 1,216 sets of passenger cars and related facilities, at RMB 1.49 billion...

* Xiamen - Golden Dragon to Deliver 23 Hybrid Buses to Hangzhou Next Month

(Photo: Golden Dragon Bus XML6745J13C)
Xiamen,Fujian,China -China Buses, by Song -23 Nov 2011: -- “We are going to deliver 23 Golden Dragon XML6125JHEV hybrid buses to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Public Transportation Company in December.” Marketing Manager of Sales Company of Xiamen Golden Dragon Bus Company PU, Yanliang said to the reporter on November 18th...  XML6125JHEV hybrid bus was the new green bus with super capacitor as energy storing device, fuel-efficiency, low-emission, long service life, simple structure and easy to maintain being its characteristics...  PU, Yanliang stressed: “We sell 326 hybrid buses in 2011 (excluding the 23 units in December) and there are over 700 11-12 meters hybrid buses in operation, including 400 units in Hangzhou, 55 units in Kunming, 117 units in Tianjin, 30 units in Nantong, 125 units in Xiamen and 11 units in Wuxi.”...



* USA - Transportation pilot project aimed at cutting congestion

Officials hope Pace buses on I-55 shoulders will double ridership

(Photo by Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune - On a morning rush hour training run, this Pace bus uses a bus-on-the-shoulder)
Chicago,ILL,USA -The Chicago Tribune, by Richard Wronski -November 8, 2011: -- Pace hopes by spring to have twice as many riders commuting on express buses that use the newly widened shoulders of the Stevenson Expressway to maneuver around traffic jams...  Gov. Pat Quinn, transportation officials and legislators hailed the start of the service next Monday on U.S. Interstate Highway 55 as a landmark step toward reducing the Chicago area's congestion, the nation's second-worst...




* USA - Nissan Launching 12-Passenger NV3500 HD Van

(Photo: 2012 Nissan NV Passenger Van group)
San Diego,CAL,USA -Motortrend, by Jake Holmes -November 8 2011: ...  Nissan will launch a 12-seat version called the NV3500 HD Passenger Van in spring 2012...  At 240.6 inches long and 84.0 inches tall, the NV3500 HD is a seriously sized van...  The passenger model can be equipped with a 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 engine or a 317-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 engine. Both send their power to the rear wheels by way of a five-speed automatic transmission...  The enormous cabin features four rows of seats that can accommodate up to 12 people. The passengers receive plenty of 12-volt power outlets and dome lights, as well as between eight and ten cupholders depending on trim level...  The NV3500 HD will be offered in S, SV, and SL trim levels; the top-spec models feature creature comforts like parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, navigation, Bluetooth, and more...

* Indiana - Allison Transmission Produces its 5,000th Hybrid System for Buses and Coaches

(Photo: A woman working on Allison transmission production line)
Indianapolis,IND,USA -Allison Transmission/PR Newswire -14 Nov 2011: -- Fuel-saving Allison hybrid systems for end-user evaluation began in 2001. Since that time, the increasing global demand for more durable, fuel-efficient and low-emission transit buses has made Allison Transmission a leader in the design, manufacture and sale of commercial vehicle hybrid products. Allison hybrids capture otherwise wasted energy and stores it for later use in assisting vehicle propulsion - saving fuel and reducing emissions... Allison Transmission reached a major milestone in the manufacture of bus and coach hybrids by producing its 5,000th H 40/50 EP system. Designed for both city-wide transit buses and city-to-city coaches, fleet operators and passengers across North America and Europe are enjoying the benefits of these technologically-advanced systems...