Iveco Bus, has signed a framework agreement with STIB-MIVB (Brussels Intermunicipal Transport Company) to supply 141 articulated 18-meter hybrid electric buses. Delivery of these 141 vehicles will start in May 2019.
The design of these buses combines an electric traction system with a an FPT Tector 7 Euro 6 compliant diesel engine and an energy storage system to provide a cleaner mobility solution. The powertrain management system optimizes fuel consumption and emissions, whilst recovering and storing the kinetic energy released under braking.
An “Arrive & Go” function enables operation in 100% electric mode when approaching and leaving stop signs, 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 ton reduction of CO2 per year.
The five-year agreement will see Iveco Bus, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V. deliver Urbanway buses to the Brussels public transport operator together with a package covering planning, construction, supply, implementation, delivery of spare parts and battery pack maintenance as well as all traction chain components. This major order is an important part of the network’s development plan for more environmentally friendly and sustainable mobility.
The introduction of these new vehicles will enable STIB-MIVB to increase its bus network’s total capacity by a third by the end of 2019.
The 18-meter-long hybrid electric Urbanway is designed to facilitate access and improve travel conditions for passengers with a low floor for improved passenger flow management, a dedicated zone for vulnerable users, and modular areas to accommodate wheelchairs or children’s pushchairs. The Urbanway also offers high passenger capacity (up to 103), which was a decisive factor in STIB-MIVB’s final choice.