Euro Bus Expo opened for its first day on Tuesday 1 November, with the leading coach and bus industry trade show continuing on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November at the NEC Birmingham.
The first day saw multiple vehicle and product launches, including the debut of the Irizar ie tram in right-hand drive format, a New Routemaster that has been repowered to battery-electric and the MOBIpeople Premium 350 and Temsa HD13 coaches.
Scania is debuting its new battery-electric bus chassis, while Irizar i6S Efficient coaches are present in both integral and Scania-based formats. Volvo Bus UK and Ireland meanwhile is celebrating its 50th anniversary in those two countries, while Mellor and Switch Mobility are each showing battery-electric products new to the UK.
That technology was also prominent on the Alexander Dennis stand, where early details of its new in-house range are being shared alongside a first view of an Enviro400FCEV hydrogen fuel cell-electric double-decker for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
For smaller vehicles, EVM is showing three members of the AOS-branded line-up, including the Grand Toro and Visigo midicoaches and the Novociti Volt battery-electric bus.
The miniplus zone has several minibuses – including multiple zero-emission examples – while Brian Noone and Jones Coach Sales are showing their range of small coaches, including the overhauled DAF LF-based Turas 900s in PSVAR compliant format. They are joined by the Rosero Connect low-floor midibus on an Iveco Daily underframe.
Illesbus UK has its range of small coaches and buses present, while Harris Group is showing multiple Higer battery-electric buses alongside a Crusader low-floor midibus, also on a Daily base vehicle. Pelican Bus and Coach has a full range of Yutong products to view, including the TCe12 battery-electric coach. Van Hool has three coaches present while eVersum Solutions is displaying a battery-electric bus.
Products and services on show are numerous and in a variety of fields from passenger comfort and convenience to maintenance management, seats, vehicle components, booking platforms and many more.
In addition, a strong seminar lineup in the Masterclass Theatre has opened, including discussion around zero-emission coaches. It will continue with addresses from the Under-Secretary of State for Transport and Senior Traffic Commissioner Richard Turfitt, while winners of the Innovation Challenge will be announced on Thursday.
The Zero Emission Zone is also underway, while Wednesday evening will be occupied by the routeone Awards in their 16th year. A sell-out attendance is expected for that event in which winners in 16 categories will be named.
It is still possible to register for free tickets to the Euro Bus Expo trade show by clicking here. Below can be found a gallery of some of the happenings at the show’s first day. Click on an individual photograph to enlarge, or to scroll through them all – and be sure to come along to check out the show yourself if you have not already done so.