Mellor will debut a further member of its Sigma battery-electric bus range – the 8m Sigma 8 – at Euro Bus Expo, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham between 1-3 November.
The Sigma 8 is part of a line-up that extends from 7-12m and which Mellor indicated at the time of launch would be introduced progressively. It joins Sigma 7 and Sigma 10 thus far. Mellor says that the Sigma 8 will bring a 54-passenger capacity “and substantial size and cost benefits over competitors.”
Mellor also claims that the Sigma product represents “the most configurable bus range in Europe,” being available in both urban and rural specifications and with multiple door options. The manufacturer adds that “major orders” have already been received, with details of those to be revealed at Euro Bus Expo.
In announcing the debut of the Sigma 8, Mellor says that it is leading the way for battery-electric buses at that size point. Adds Sales Director Mark Clissett: “We are definitely shaking things up in the bus market. We have filled a gap where operators have previously been acquiring oversized, over-specified vehicles that continue to be under-utilised.
“Mellor, on the other hand, offers the right tool for the job. A fully electric, affordable, size-appropriate bus range that delivers a no-compromise solution. And our competitors are playing catch-up.
“Only recently, a well-known player in the market has said it will introduce an electric midibus in 2023 – while the Mellor Sigma range is available today.”
Alongside the Sigma 8 at Euro Bus Expo will be an example of the wheel-forward Sigma 7. The Sigma 10 will be present within the Zero Emission Zone, where visitors can ride aboard it.
Euro Bus Expo will be held between 1-3 November at the NEC Birmingham. Register for free tickets here. Mellor will be on stand E60.