78-Foot Van Hool Artics with Siemens, Luxfer-Dynetek, MAN
A new fleet of large, Van Hool-built buses for Malmö, Sweden will be compressed natural gas-fueled – largely with biomethane. The 78-foot ExquiCity 24 buses from Belgium are being purchased by Stockholm-based Nobina as part of a joint venture with the City of Malmö and Skånetrafiken. They are to commence operation in June 2014.
The 15 “superbus” vehicles will have series hybrid electric drivetrains from Siemens, new 6.9-liter, 280-horsepower, Euro6-compliant E0836 LOH-04 engines from MAN Truck & Bus, and CNG fuel cylinders from Luxfer-Dynetek.
Their deployment will mark the first BRT – dedicated-lane Bus Rapid Transit – system in the Nordic region. The project also marks the first sale of Van Hool’s ExquiCity 24 buses in Scandinavia.
Fuel will be supplied by E.On, says Martin Atterhall of Nobina. Nobna says it is Nobina is investing more than 100 million kroner – $15 million U.S. – in the 15 new buses for the project. The project is also supported by the EU via the Delegation for Sustainable Cities and the European Regional Development Fund.
“Malmö will be the first city in Sweden to boast a BRT solution, which involves the buses essentially being driven along special bus lanes with priority signaling. The solution involves lower infrastructure costs than trams, great comfort and excellent accessibility, even in peak traffic,” states a release.
“The new concept is a gas hybrid premiere for Skånetrafiken, since the buses will run on a combination of biogas and rechargeable batteries that charge when braking. The Euro6 classification of the buses means a much lower environmental impact.”
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Source: Nobina release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up