In partnership with: Mellor Orion E
DRIVELINE Emoss full electric POWER 211bhp peak, 125bhp nominal
EMISSIONS Zero GEARBOX E-Gear, ratio 1:10.2 TYRES 225/75 R16
Typical versatility inside, with
Rescroft seats on tracking and
a rear wheelchair ramp
The Orion E is identical to its
which is no bad thing
MELLOR GOES FORTH WITH
ITS ZEROEMISSION ORION E
Mellor took the industry by surprise when it broke news of the Orion E
zero-emission minibus. It’s a full low-fl oor model for up to 16 passengers
Part of the wider coachbuilt Orion range,
the zero-emission minibus is based on the
same Fiat Ducato chassis as its diesel
One of the Orion range’s selling points
is its excellent access. That comes as a
result of a fully low fl oor thanks to the
front-wheel drive layout, and it continues
with the Orion E.
Batteries for traction power are split
50/50 between the front and rear for
With a full low-fl oor, access to the Orion
E is good, and it’s no different to a diesel.
At the front is a sliding plug door that
is rapid in operation, and within the frame
is a manually-operated wheelchair ramp.
The prototype Orion E has a further
entry at the rear for wheelchair users,
although this is not a mandatory part of the
specifi cation and a ‘closed’ rear along with
an offside emergency exit can be chosen.
All seats in the Orion E prototype can
be removed quickly, with the exception
of two over each rear wheel arch.
Ride quality is good, and passengers
benefi t further from the electric’s lack
of drivetrain noise and vibration.
Progress is made rapidly under normal
driving conditions, and acceleration is at
a uniform rate regardless of road speed.
The Orion E is a remarkable minibus.
Mellor, with help from supplier Emoss, has
done a very good job of packaging a fine
electric driveline into a compact vehicle
with no negative effect on the passenger
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