First 15 hybrid electric Urbanways for STIB-MIVB are part of a framework agreement for 141 vehicles
Iveco Bus has delivered the first 15 hybrid electric Urbanways to STIB-MIVB (Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company). Delivery follows the signing of a framework agreement last September for the supply of 141 vehicles.
A first instalment of 75 vehicles should be made by September 2019 followed by a second batch during the first half of 2020.
Iveco says the buses can carry up to 130 passengers and there are dedicated areas for wheelchair users and for children’s pushchairs.
They reduce harmful emissions and fuel consumption by combining an electric traction system with a Euro VI engine and energy storage system.
The powertrain management system optimises fuel consumption and emissions while recovering and storing the kinetic energy released from braking.
In addition, an ‘Arrive & Go’ function enables operation in 100% electric mode with zero emissions when approaching and leaving bus stops and traffic lights.
Fuel consumption per vehicle is reduced by 30% and CO2 emissions can also be reduced by up to 30% compared with diesel buses, equating to a 35-tonne reduction in CO2 per year.
That’s the equivalent weight of two buses.
The Tector 7 286hp engine used is produced by FPT Industrial, the powertrain brand of CNH Industrial, which is compatible with second generation HVO biofuel, enhancing performance still further and reducing carbon emissions by up to 90% compared with a standard diesel engine.
“We are delighted to see the introduction of these vehicles,” said Stéphane Espinasse, Iveco Bus Brand Leader.
“This delivery is the first stage in a successful transition to sustainable mobility for STIB-MIVB.
“Iveco Bus is proud to be a key partner in this process and to see its expertise and leadership recognised in the service of Brussels and its residence. They are clearly on the path to electromobility.”
STIP-MIVB serves 19 municipalities in the Brussels region as well as 11 more on the outskirts.
Over 1,100,000 residents as well as thousands of commuters rely on its services which comprise four metro lines, 17 tram lines and 50 bus routes.
There are also 11 night bus services. It’s estimated that 417m journeys were made in 2018.
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