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Buses World News

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



* Beijing - Public Transportation Group,  Largest CNG Bus Fleet in the World
(Photo: Beijing Public Transportation Group's CNG bus fleets) 
Beijing,China -China Buses, by Lily -25 July 2012: -- According to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), China has spent 17 billion over the last three years on a large scale green drive. Today, Beijing Public Transportation Group (BPT Group) has around 3,086 buses in operation , which makes it become one of the largest CNG bus fleets in the world... BPT Group has 21,018 buses, which all reach or exceed National II emission levels. In the bus fleet, 9,353 buses reach National III emission levels; 6,504 buses reach National IV emission levels; 552 buses reach National V emission levels... From 2007 to 2012, BPT Group has added 7,200 buses...  In 2009, the hybrid buses started to applicate and promote. In Jan. 2011, the fist buses reaching National V emission levels were in operation on the streets of Beijing...



* Sales Data of China Buses in June

(Photo: Beijing's traffic)
Beijing,China -China Buses, by Lily -24 July 2012: -- According to the data collected by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, in June, the production and sales of the bus industry are all better than last month and the same period of last year. In the first half year of 2012, the sales of the bus products still keep a little rise trend... In June, the sales of the bus products are 42,500 units, which respectively rise 14.29 percent higher than May 2012 and 2.03 percent higher than June 2011. The rate of produce and sale is 105.35 percent. Among the various bus products, compare to May 2012, the sales growth of large and small buses show obviously growing and the medium buses grow a little. Compared to June 2011, all large, medium and small buses are in a steady growth trend... 

* Guangdong Province - 3,000 Shangrao School Buses Serve in

(Photo: Shangrao school buses belong to one school in Guangdong Province) 
Guandong,China -China Buses, by Lily -24 July 2012: -- In Jan.-June 2012, the sales volume of school buses in Guangdong Province are 1,583 units, which account for 14.3 percent of the China's overall school bus' sales. The school bus' sales of Guangdong Province is in the top one in China. Among the sales of the school buses, there are more than 3000 units of school buses from Shangrao Coach...  In order to provide more professional security for the students, each Shangrao bus is equipped with a global positioning system device, child card reader and vehicle data recorder. They all have a front bumper, emergency escape doors, windows and hammers, emergency lamps and seat belts...




* Macedonia - First stone ceremony for new Van Hool plant in 

(Photo: Premier Nikola Gruevski, who said that the production facility was the first large investment by a Belgian company in Macedonia)
Skopje, Macedonia -Busworld (Belgium) -24 July 2012: -- The Belgian bus and coach manufacturer Van Hool has started building a new bus and coach plant, which should be operational in the second half of 2013... The first stone for the new plant was laid by Filip van Hool, executive director of Van Hool, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, and other local authorities... The first vehicles will be leaving the new plant in the second part of 2013, and will be shown during the Busworld Exhibition 2013, to be held in October in Kortrijk, Belgium... Van Hool is an independant Belgian manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, founded in 1947 in Koningshooikt. The majority of the vehicles produced is exported to various European countries and to the USA. Van Hool has some 4,000 employees worldwide, the majority working in the production facilities in Koningshooikt and Bree...




* Southern California: Is getting millions for new buses and public transportation facilities

(Photo by Corey Moore/KPCC: The federal government is giving millions of dollars to Southern California for public transportation)
Los Angeles,CAL,USA -KPCC Radio, by Kitty Felde- Jul 23, 2012: -- Southern California’s getting millions of federal transportation dollars. The new grants will help propel a retro form of transit: buses... The money comes from the “State of Good Repair and Bus Livability” fund at the federal Department of Transportation... The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will get $15 million to replace about three dozen aging buses with new ones that run on natural gas. Metro operates the world’s largest fleet of natural gas buses... More than a million passengers board Metro buses every weekday... Omnitrans in the Inland Empire is also getting federal bus money. More than $5 million will go to expand the San Bernardino Transit Center, adding 22 sheltered bus bays that’ll display “real time” arrival information. The new facility will also include restrooms, meeting rooms, secure bicycle parking and bike rentals...




* Illinois - Navistar to bring ICT plus technology to China

Warenville,ILL,USA -Busworld -17 July 2012: -- Navistar International Corporation announced that it will introduce its next generation clean engine solution, In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+), to meet 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. The company’s ICT+ technology, which combines Navistar’s proprietary in-cylinder engine expertise with urea-based after treatment, will also position the company to meet U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) rules in advance of 2014 and 2017 requirements... With the introduction of ICT+, Navistar’s goal is to provide the latest in emissions and engine advancements into its customer and partner base, including the recently approved diesel engine joint venture with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC)...



* Belgium - Van Hool supplies five fuel cell buses to Oslo 

Lier,Koningshooikt,Belgium -Busworld -17 July 2012: -- Five new fuel cell buses for Oslo (Norway) were officially presented to representatives from the Oslo-Akershus region. The five buses are now being used every day on the roads of the Norwegian capital...  The Van Hool fuel cell buses are 13m long with three axles. Three doors provide access to a lowered floor that extends as far as the central door. The bus has 37 seats, 34 of which are forward-facing. Fuel cell buses have zero emissions (complete absence of harmful emissions and CO2), and a substantially reduced noise level...  The bus has a hybrid electric drive system. The hydrogen in the fuel cells is converted into electricity, with water vapour as the only emission, and the batteries provide additional power where and when necessary. Thanks to this hybrid drive and the recovery and reuse of braking energy, hydrogen consumption is restricted to approximately 30 kg per bus per day...

* China - Guangtong Bus obtains WVTA Certificate

Guangdong,China -Busworld -19 July 2012: -- The GTQ6117BEVB electric bus made by Zhuhai Guangtong Automobile Co. was recently awarded a European WVTA (Whole Vehicle Type Approval) certificate... The 11.5-meter-long bus, which costs ¥1.9 million ($300,000) to make, has a battery capacity of 220 Kwh. Deploying lightweight materials, the bus weight is comparable with that of a conventional diesel bus despite its 2-ton batterie load. The company says it has already received a 200-unit order from the European market...

* China - BYD employees face temporary salary and benefir curto to trim costs

Pingshan,Shenzhen,P.R.China -Busworld -18 July 2012: -- Chinese electric bus and car manufacturer BYD Co. will reduce employee salaries and benefits by 14 percent for four consecutive months beginning in June, according to Chinese media. The decision follows a steep decline in the company's profits as a result of weaker economic growth across China, reported Caijing, a Beijing-based magazine, citing a notice that BYD sent to its employees... The temporary salary and benefit cuts will save up to 240 million yuan ($38 million). That is a big sum for BYD, whose net profit plunged more than 90 percent to 27 million yuan in the first quarter of this year, the magazine reported. BYD sold 176,796 vehicles in the first five months of this year, down 12 percent from the same period last year, according to LMC Automotive...

* Denmark - Copenhagen is introducing the first full-size pure electric buses from BYD

Copenhagen,Denmark -Busworld -22 July 2012: -- Movia, the largest public transport company in Denmark, and BYD Europe B.V., have announced the introduction of the first full-size pure electric city buses to enter service in Copenhagen, which has set itself an ambitious goal in terms of sustainable mobility: to become the world’s first zero-emission capital by 2025. The two electric buses provided by BYD will operate on trial service on different passenger-carrying routes with different loads in Copenhagen for two years. The project is being carried out in cooperation with the Municipality of Copenhagen, DONG Energy, City-Trafik and Arriva.The BYD electric bus is 12 metres long (40 feet). It is able to run 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge in urban conditions. The Fe battery (Iron Phosphate battery) fitted in the BYD electric bus boasts the highest safety, longest service life and most environmentally-friendly rechargeable chemistry and contains no heavy metals or toxic electrolytes. BYD electric buses are now in regular passenger service in several cities in China, Europe and North America, making BYD the largest electric bus manufacturer in the world, according to the company. The accumulated mileage achieved for BYD electric buses by the end of May 2012 has reached over 7 million kilometers (or 4.35 million miles)...

* Germany - First TÜV RHEINLAND Certified electric city bus exported from China to the EU

Cologne,Germany -Busworld -23 July 2012: -- TÜV Rheinland recently awarded EU Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) to the Jiangsu ALFA Bus Corporation, the first Chinese manufacturer successfully exports electrical inner city bus to Italy in conformity with European standards... At the 2010 Busworld Asia exhibition, the Italian urban passenger vehicle operator LAMA showed great interests in the pure electric bus manufactured by Jiangsu ALFA Bus, and stated its intention to make a sizeable purchase of such vehicles to use in Grosseto, Italy. However, pure electric vehicles cannot be exported to Italy unless they gain an EU WVTA, a very strict form of approvals that the EU Committee ensures member countries implement on whole vehicles, safety components and systems on the basis of EC directives and regulations. TÜV Rheinland carried out the related testing for half a year, certifying 26 system approvals...



* India - Asia Motor Works to roll out luxury buses by Q4

(Picture: AMW Magnus at the Auto Expo 2012) 
Mumbai,India -Riots Engine -Jul 22, 2012: -- Heavy commercial truck-maker Asia Motor Works (AMW) is expected to launch its first luxury bus in fourth quarter, which is likely to drive competition in the segment, mainly dominated by overseas players... MAGNUS is AMW’s entry ticket into the growing luxury bus market. The Magnus is 14.3m long and is front-engined... With a growth rate of close to 100% every since its inception three years ago, the AMW plant at Bhuj, Gujarat is bound to be busy this year...



* BYD bringing electric buses to Uruguay; targeting more than 500 by 2015

(Photo: Alcoa Develops All-Aluminum Electric Bus Design) 
Montevideo,Uruguay -Green Car Congress -19 July 2012: -- José Mujica, President of Uruguay, China-based BYD, CTS and Buquebus officials signed a contract to begin bringing electric buses into Uruguay. The first BYD electric buses will arrive in Uruguay before end of 2012 with targets to have over 500 buses running on roads by 2015... The BYD GreenCity buses are able to run 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge in urban conditions, with an energy consumption of less than 130 kWh per 100 km. The BYD buses have been in service in four cities including Shenzhen, Changsha, Shaoguan and Xi’an accumulating more than 5.6 million kilometers (or 3.4 million miles) by the end of April 2012...

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* Massachusetts / USA - A123 announces new, more economical battery pack for buses

(Photo: A Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle -PHEV- powered by an advanced lithium ion battery system from A123) 
Waltham,MA,USA -The Detroit News, by Melissa Burden -July 19, 2012: -- A123 Systems Inc. said Thursday it will supply a new type of lithium-ion battery packs to BAE Systems to power city transit buses across the globe... The battery packs are based on A123 Systems' prismatic cells and will be used in BAE's HybriDrive Series propulsion system. The new battery packs, which are more compact and economical, are expected to be used on city transit buses and in other commercial applications... A123 Systems has manufactured battery packs for BAE that power nearly 3,000 buses globally in a partnership that dates back more than five years...

* Massachusetts / USA - A123 stock surges on China grid-stabilization contract 
Waltham,MASS,USA -Bloomberg News/The Detroit News, by Christopher Martin -July 20, 2012: -- A123 Systems Inc., a U.S. maker of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, surged the most in more than a month after winning a contract to supply a 2-megawatt system to China's Ray Power Systems Co. to help regulate power- grid frequency... The batteries will store electricity until needed to help stabilize China's electric grid and allow for the integration of fluctuating renewable-energy resources such as wind and solar power plants, Ray Power Systems said Friday in a statement released by A123...




* Ohio - Battelle, COTA demonstrating connected vehicle applications on buses

(Photo: The the Mobileye Collision Avoidance System) Columbus,OH,USA -Green Car Congress -17 July 2012: -- Engineers from Battelle Memorial Institute, working with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) as part of the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Connected Vehicle research program, have developed and are demonstrating a forward-collision-avoidance system for buses. Battelle is also working on similar connected commercial vehicle safety applications for Class 8 trucks (Connected Commercial Vehicle program)... The required on-board equipment includes 5.9 GHz dedicated short range communication (DSRC) radio, DGPS receiver, Linux-based computer, safety applications, vehicle data interface, and driver vehicle interface (DVI)—a tablet computer...



* Germany - Mercedes will deliver 450 Citaro buses to  Singapore

Mannheim,Germany -InAutoNews -19 July 2012: -- Mercedes received an order of 450 Citaro buses from Singapore’s SBS Transit, the most important public transportation company in the city... In April 2011 SBS Transit made an order of 300 Mercedes-Benz Citaro, and the last of these vehicles are currently being delivered. Now the company made another order of 450 units, all complying with the Euro 5 emission standard... The buses will be produced at the EvoBus plant in Mannheim, adapted to be used on Singapore’s roads. This is the biggest Asian order for the most successful city bus of all time, which saw production of over 33,000 units in 13 years. From May 2012, the EvoBus plant began production of the first series-production Citaro to meet the Euro VI emissions standard...

* Burma -To Import 3,000 New Buses from Japan

(Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy: Antiquated buses on the streets of Rangoon) 
Rangoon,Burma -The Irrawaddy, by MAY LAY -July 17, 2012: -- Burma’s crumbling public transport system is set for a major overhaul with 3,000 new buses to be imported from Japan this year under a joint initiative. Around 70 Japanese engineers will give training in the three main cities of Rangoon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw in order to maintain the vehicles... The city bus importing project will be run by the Oriental Transportation Company as a joint-venture between several Japanese auto-manufacturing firms, which will receive 60 percent of profits, and the Burmese Ministry of Transportation, which will receive 40 percent. But not everyone is happy about the news with existing bus owners worried that importing thousands of new vehicles from Japan will adversely affect their livelihoods...




* Sao Paulo - Smartphone app tells blind people when the bus is coming 

(Photo: With the Busalert software, visually impaired commuters can find out how far the bus is and how long it will take to arrive at the stop)
Sao Carlos,SP,Brazil -Gizmag, by Antonio Pasolini -July 17, 2012: -- Blind people in São Carlos, a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, have had their lives made easier when they are out and about their city. The municipality has hooked up with Grupo Criar, a company specialized in traffic systems, to design the Busalert app to make it easier and more efficient to use the city’s bus network... The passenger sends out a text message and receives a link to the application, which is then installed on their smartphone. At the bus stop, or even before leaving home, the passenger keys in the number of the bus route as well as the stop where they will wait for it from. A recorded voice provides information on the distance, length of wait and how many bus stops the vehicle needs to cover. Once on the bus, they enter the number of the stop where they will alight. The software will feed back information on the distance and time left to reach the destination...




 * Sweden - Volvo introducing new EURO 6 engine

Stockholm,Sweden -Busworld (Belgium) -7 July 2012: -- Volvo is introducing a Euro-6-compliant heavy-duty engine, with NOx emissions lowered by 77% and PM emissions halved compared to Euro 5. The first implementation of the new engine is the D13 460 hp (343 kW) unit. The Volvo D13 for Euro 6 is based on Volvo’s Euro 5 engine. Just like that unit, the new engine is an in-line six cylinder engine with unit injectors and catalytic exhaust treatment (SCR). In order to meet the new emission requirements, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) is also used, as well as a diesel particulate filter (DPF)—systems that Volvo has already been using for several years in the US and Japan...

* Germany - New ZF TRAXON transmission custom-made for EURO 6 and EPA 10

Friedrichshafen,Baden-Württemberg,Germany -Busworld (Belgium) -6 July 2012: ... ZF has developed a new generation of gearboxes, the TraXon, to be used behind the coming Euro 6 engines. The TraXon is a modular transmission which makes the application of several drive units with one basic transmission possible. For example, for the first time, dual-clutch and hybrid modules are used in coaches...  Launching customer for this new transmission line will probably be MAN, who might be offering it starting early next year on their MAN trucks and MAN and Neoplan coaches with Euro 6 engine. The TraXon will not be available for citybuses. The new TraXon transmission weighs nearly as much as the AS Tronic and is a bit shorter...

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* 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)...




* UK - London adds 300th hybrid bus introduced to fleet 

 (Photo: London's hybrid bus)
London,EN,UK -EVolution, by Mike Millikin -6 July 2012: -- London has introduced its 300th hybrid bus into its fleet; 1,000 hybrid buses are set to be introduced in the next four years as part of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s plans to improve air quality... The 300th hybrid bus is now in service on route 211 between Waterloo and Hammersmith. A further 104 hybrid buses are on order using £5 million (US$7.8 million) funding from the Department for Transport... The diesel-electric hybrid buses deliver fuel savings of 30% reducing operational costs for TfL but also a 20% reduction in NOx delivering environmental benefits for Londoners... 

* India - Eicher Motors' JV secures 1,019 bus chassis order from GSRTC

(Photo: Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Factory Pithampur) 
New Delhi,India -Accord Fintech/Yahoo News –6 Jul, 2012: -- Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicles, a joint venture (JV) between Volvo Group and Eicher Motors has bagged contract from Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC). The order is for supply of 1,019 bus chassis to the Gujarat transport body. However, the company did not reveal the total contract value... GSRTC is already using Eicher buses for meeting the inter-city and rural connectivity requirements of that state...

* Germany - 2,000th Setra bus for Switzerland
Stuttgart,Germany -Wheelsology -13 July 2012: ... Sales of Setra buses, now one of the brands of the Stuttgart-based Daimler AG, began in Switzerland back in 1953. And now the 2,000th Setra bus has been delivered to the Swiss Confederation, the owner of the new S 431 DT TopClass... 400 double-deck coach is the company Ernst Marti AG in Kallnach, in the Canton of Berne... The three-axle coach has four-star classification and seats a total of 78 passengers...  With a range of features that include proximity-controlled cruise control with Active Brake Assist, the Lane Assistant system and an automatic fire extinguishing system in the engine compartment, the 13.89-m-long luxury touring coach includes all the assistance systems on offer from Setra to help make travelling even safer...




* UK - Investigating the effectiveness of bus fire suppression systems 

London,EN,UK -Busworld (Belgium) -27 June 2012: -- Transport for London (TfL) has commissioned SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP) to study the effectiveness of bus fire suppression systems. There is currently a lack of information concerning the performance of bus fire suppression systems in real bus fires that have occurred in the TfL fleet. The proposed study will review all recent fire incidents in TfL buses with installed suppression systems. The results of this review will be reported back to TfL to help provide recommendations concerning updated system specification. SP Fire Technology conducts research, testing and certification of products related to fire safety...



BUS TOUR * USA: Obama bus tour

* To tout car sales. He expects to keep getting traction from auto firms' rescue 

Washington,DC,USA -The Detroit News, by David Shepardson -July 5, 2012: -- President Barack Obama plans to tout the strong sales results from Detroit's Big Three automakers in June in a two-bus trip that starts today in Toledo, campaign officials say... The Obama campaign is eager to highlight the $85 billion bailout and the rescue of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC — and the opposition of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to the government bailouts of the two automakers--  Obama's bus tour will take him through northern Ohio close to the Detroit media market... President George W. Bush bailed out the two in December 2008, concluding there were no other options than immediate government assistance... Obama added about $60 billion in aid and forced GM and Chrysler into government-sponsored bankruptcy reorganizations... Romney says he would have aided automakers — but would have insisted GM and Chrysler enter bankruptcy before getting government aid...




* Poland: Scania cuts bus output due to falling demand

Slupsk,Poland -The Economist Intelligence Unit -July 2, 2012: -- Scania has announced that its facility in Poland, Scania Production Slupsk is reducing bus production...  As a result, it is issuing redundancy notices to 142 employees. The facility in Slupsk employs close to 700 people... The OEM has attributed the move to continued weak demand for buses and coaches for public transport for its fully-built buses in the Omni range, in most of Scania's major markets... Scania Production Slupsk bodyworks the OmniCity and OmniLink models, and assembles chassis for the OmniCity as well...

* USA - UQM powering new Hino Electric Buses
(Photo: Hino Blue Ribbon City Hybrid Hybrid Electric Low Floor Bus) 
Longmont,COL,USA -Green Car Congress -18 June 2012: -- UQM technologies, Inc. PowerPhase Select 200 electric drive systems are powering Hino electric city buses, featuring the ‘Poncho’ low-floor bus platform, already deployed in Japan. The UQM PowerPhase Select 200 systems comprises a power-dense electric motor and advanced controller. The systems are rated at 900 N·m (664 lb-ft) of peak torque, 200 kW of peak power, and 115 kW of continuous power. As part of this deployment, Hino has placed the new electric city-buses in service at the Hamura City and Tokyo Sky Tree tourist locations...

* USA - International, And Daimler Buses (Daimler) Enter Into A Strategic Partnership In 

New York,NY,USA -PRNewswire -July 2, 2012: -- KPS Capital Partners, LP ("KPS") announced today its portfolio company, Motor Coach Industries International, Inc. ("MCI"), has entered into a strategic partnership with Daimler in North America... MCI is the largest manufacturer of intercity highway coaches in North America and has the largest installed fleet. MCI is also an industry leading provider of aftermarket parts and service. Daimler is the world's largest manufacturer of buses and coaches over 8 tons gross vehicle weight... This strategic partnership with Daimler will further strengthen MCI's leadership position in North America by adding the luxury Setra motor coach to MCI's product portfolio. In addition, MCI will gain access to Daimler's world class engineering and manufacturing capabilities and highly advanced technologies...