Over 80 mini, mid- and full-sized vehicles to suit applications across the coach and bus sector will be on show at Euro Bus Expo at the NEC Birmingham between 1-3 November, organiser Diversified Communications has confirmed.
That line-up of vehicles will sit alongside hundreds of exhibitors offering products and services and a seminar programme in the Masterclass Theatre, along with the Innovation Challenge, which will make its Euro Bus Expo debut.
Vehicles will be on show on individual stands, the miniplus Area and in the outside Zero Emission Zone. The latter is sponsored by ESP Utilities Group and Enel X Way, both of which will supply charging facilities to facilitate demonstrations of the examples involved.
Zero Emission Zone to makes Euro Bus Expo debut
In the Zero Emission Zone, Alexander Dennis, Equipmake and GM Coachwork will showcase their latest battery-electric models: The BYD ADL Enviro400EV, an Optare Versa EVR repower, and a Maxus eDeliver 9 minibus, respectively.
Meanwhile, Pelican Bus and Coach will bring the Yutong TCe12 battery-electric coach to the Zero Emission Zone. It is the only zero-emission coach currently available in the UK. Seating up to 50 passengers, the TCe12 has a range of around 200 miles. It is also supplied with a DC charger.
Visitors will also get the chance to ride on the Mellor Sigma 10, which is part of the manufacturer’s range of battery-electric buses. The Sigma 10 carries up to 70 passengers and it can be specified in one- or two-door configurations. An extended range variant is available.
Mellor will display two more vehicles from the Sigma range inside the hall, including the UK debut of its Sigma 8. This midibus is also available in one- or two-door configuration, with a maximum capacity of 54 passengers. The Sigma 8 offers great flexibility for a wide range of operations, says the manufacturer. The Sigma 7 completes the line-up from Mellor.
Vehicle debuts galore at leading industry trade show
eVersum Mobility Solutions will bring its eShuttle battery-electric single deck bus, which serves inner-city and last-mile operation and airport passenger transport. The eShuttle provides cost-efficient, low-noise and zero-emission transport for up to 60 people, says the firm.
Equipmake will show a double deck bus that has been repowered from OEM diesel-electric hybrid to battery-electric.
PHVC Minibus and Fleet Suppliers brings a Ford E-Transit battery-electric minibus and a Ford E-Transit battery-electric minibus with wheelchair-accessible conversion.
Switch Mobility will present a trio of battery-electric buses, including its first fully electric bus designed for the European market, the e1. The e1 has the newest NMC powerpack technology to reduce mass, increase efficiency and deliver increased range. Lightweight construction providing the lowest total cost of ownership for operators and helps them to achieve net-zero targets, says the manufacturer.
Switch Mobility will also display its Metrocity 10.8m single deck bus and Metrocity 8.7m midibus, which the firm says are the ideal single-deck bus for urban environments. At just 7,800-8,800kg unladen and with NMC battery chemistry, they can travel up to 190 miles on a single charge – with full charge complete in three hours.
Zero-emission buses prominent – along with diesel coaches
Alexander Dennis, BASE Coach Sales and Harris Bus and Coach will exhibit three vehicles each on their stands.
From Alexander Dennis will be the Enviro400FCEV hydrogen fuel cell-electric double deck bus, the BYD ADL Enviro200EV battery-electric single deck bus and a Volvo B8R Plaxton Leopard coach. The manufacturer will also reveal further details about its forthcoming range of battery-electric products that have been developed fully in house.
BASE Coach Sales will showcase three coaches: An MAN RR4 with Beulas Aura bodywork, a Scania K 320 NB with MOBIpeople Explorer body, and – making its debut – a Scania K 360 NB carrying the new MOBIpeople Premium 350 body.
Harris Bus and Coach will bring a Higer Azure battery-electric single deck bus, a Higer Steed battery-electric midibus and an Iveco Daily Crusader low-floor midibus.
EVM will bringing eight vehicles to Euro Bus Expo. These include three midicoaches: An Iveco Daily Erener Revolution; an AOS Grand Toro; and an AOS Visigo. EVM will also bring two Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based minicoaches – an X-Clusive conversion and a coachbuilt Grand Tourer. Three battery-electric models complete its line up: An Iveco Daily Composite Mobility minibus, a low floor e-Cityline minibus, and an AOS Novociti Volt midibus.
Ilesbus will display a selection of its mini and midi vehicles. A PSVAR compliant 35-seater Iveco Daily Ilesbus I-City Max low-floor midibus will be there. The Turkish manufacturer will also bring a 20-seater wheelchair-accessible Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Ilesbus I-City 20 low-floor minibus and a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Ilesbus Harmony minicoach, which is available with 16, 19 or 22 seats.
Visitors will also get to see an Iveco Daily Ilesbus Glance 33 midicoach, available with 29, 31 or 33 seats and luggage space catered for with side lockers and a rear boot. Plus, an Iveco Daily Ilesbus Glance PSVAR midicoach, which comes as a 29- or 31-seater with a rear side lift.
Irizar UK will showcase three coaches from its integral range. At the top of its range will be an i8 equipped with “every imaginable driving aid,” including a DAF/ZF driveline that combine quiet MX-range engines with seamless gearchanges. It is available in three lengths between 12.4-14m.
Also present will be an i6S Efficient. Also utilising the DAF MX engine range coupled to ZF gearboxes, this model was launched earlier in 2022 with the promise of excellent fuel consumption. It is available from 10.8-14m, with seating capacities from 38-63.
Completing the Irizar integral coach range will be the i4. Created for capacity on urban and intercity routes, it is available on two axles at 12.2m and 12.9m, and at 13.6m on three axles. Seating capacities range from 53 to 80 and PSVAR compliance can be achieved.
Irizar ie tram to make UK debut at Euro Bus Expo
In a hotly-anticipated UK debut, Irizar e-mobility will bring an ie Tram – a battery-electric single deck bus that gives the appearance and features of a tram with the flexibility of a city bus. The 12m version on display is opportunity charged, with depot charged and 18m variants also available.
There will be a couple of firsts for Temsa as the manufacturer debuts its 13m, two-axle HD13 coach – now on offer in right-hand drive form for the first time and with PSVAR compliance available. The smaller MD9 will launch as a 39-seater, again complying with PSVAR.
Visitors to the EPM stand will see a newly restored double deck AEC Regent with MCCW bodywork that dates from 1931. The bus has had a new lease of life after a £500,000 restoration by Transport Museum Wythall.
Along with the Yutong TCe12 in the Zero Emission Zone, Pelican Bus and Coach will exhibit the following:
A Yutong TC9 midicoach: Seating up to 37 passengers, the TC9 is powered by a 320bhp Cummins engine coupled to a ZF EcoLife gearbox. A mobility version is available that carries up to eight wheelchair users. The show coach will be in PSVAR ready format and for Mainline Coaches of South Wales.
A Yutong E12 battery-electric single deck bus: Capable of carrying up to 70 passengers. Fitted with 422kWh of battery storage and the Yutong Electrical Safety Standard system, the bus will be handed over to Carmarthenshire County Council during the show for use on the TrawsCymru network.
A Yutong GT12 coach: A luxury touring coach seating 53 passengers with a sunken centre toilet. It is powered by a DAF 450bhp engine with a ZF EcoLife gearbox. Pelican will also show a TCe12 battery-electric coach inside the hall, destined for Coatham Coaches.
Scania UK will display a K 410 C Irizar i6S Efficient coach, a K 280 C Higer Fencer F1 single deck bus and a C 250 E battery-electric bus chassis.
Smaller vehicles prominent in Euro Bus Expo display
TBC Conversions will have present an MAN TGE with an accessible 17-seat conversion. It includes front entry, quick release seats, an electric step and an inboard passenger lift.
Brian Noone and Jones Coach and Bus Sales will jointly debut the new model Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Turas 500s minicoach. There will also be two versions of the DAF LF Turas 900s midicoach. The new model PSVAR compliant Turas 900s seats up to 33 and it includes a PLS lift. The DAF-powered midicoach has a “class-leading” luggage capacity of 5.5 cubic metres and 6.5 cubic metres in the 37-seater Turas 900s.
Completing the collection will be a high-spec 29-seater Turas 700s with natural leather seats and an integrated dash fridge, and a 29-seater Iveco Daily Rosero Connect low-floor midibus with a modern interior finish, upgraded passenger seats with three-point seat belts, passenger USB charging points, rear boot and more.
Other vehicles on show will be an EX11H midicoach, TX17 Astron coach and TDX21 Altano coach from Van Hool; a BZL battery-electric single deck bus and 9700 coach from Volvo; an Alexander Dennis Enviro200 single deck bus from Freeway Fleet Systems; and an Enviro400H diesel-electric hybrid double deck bus from RGI Bus and Coach Refurbishment.
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