Combating germs even more thoroughly
Bus companies and operators of railway rolling stock have good reason to be pleased: The expansion sets for the “Blue Evolution“ HACCP-certificated, steam vacuum cleaning system from beam (ill.) provide even more effective cleaning of commercial vehicles. These sets significantly improve the chemical-free cleaning of the interiors of buses, trams and railway carriages and include an 8 metre long steam suction hose as well as a very powerful, ergonomically designed and effortless version of the upholstery nozzle. The Blue Evolution applies steam and cleans in a single process, requires no cleaning agents at all, reduces water consumption by 93 per cent and cuts cleaning times by of 60 per cent. The system’s cleaning capabilities meet the strict HACCP standard, making it ideal for use in on-board kitchens and bistro cars.
Efficient maintenance and production in the bus industry
Innovative maintenance systems ensure minimised downtimes and maximum efficiency: The display by Günzburger Steigtechnik at BUS2BUS 2019 demonstrates how optimised processes can enable buses to be returned to service as quickly as possible on scheduled and long distance routes. This is achieved by substantially reducing the downtime during maintenance. This specialist provider of ladders and work platforms for the bus industry is presenting highly efficient and safe solutions for working at heights (ill.). Particular mention should be made of the high-end maintenance equipment such as the first cable-less, electrically adjustable work platform. Work processes are made much easier because it does not need to be located near to a power socket. A high power battery ensures outstanding performance and maximum flexibility. Safety is guaranteed because the surrounding area is monitored by a laser scanner and camera system.
Increased range and zero emissions
In view of the demands for progressively lower emissions in urban centres one thing is certain: to an overwhelming extent the future of local public transport will be fully electric. The display by MAN at BUS2BUS 2019 features the fully electric version of the new “MAN Lion’s City” bus for urban use (ill.). A slight design modification emphasises the unique nature of the electric drive system. The most striking features are the lack of a raised rear engine compartment and the improved seating area due to the fact that the batteries are installed on the roof. Firstly this removes the batteries from the rear of the vehicle, which is vulnerable in the event of a crash. Secondly it allows for more design flexibility, more pleasant lighting and up to four additional seats inside. The fully electric driveline of the Solobus 160 provides up to a maximum of 270 kW, the energy coming from the modular batteries, with a capacity of 480 kWh in the Solo version and 640 kWh in the articulated bus. The Lion’s City E has a range of 200 kilometres, and under favourable conditions this can increase to as much as 270 kilometres throughout the entire life cycle of the batteries.
High quality, individual public service vehicles
Based in Herxheim, ProBus has been specialising in mini- and midi-buses for more than ten years and has now expanded its extensive range of coaches and combi-buses with the inclusion of two new coaches. Both of the new vehicles can be seen on the stand at BUS2BUS 2019. This exhibitor has introduced these new models in response to the growing demand in the mini- and midi-coach segment and in order to be able to offer its customers vehicles that are of a high quality and also individual. The MOBI/LE (ill.) is based on an IVECO platform and is powered by a 132 kW (180 bhp) engine, has an 8-speed automatic gearbox and can carry a maximum of 38 passengers, of whom 25 are seated. To meet customers’ individual requirements passenger air conditioning can be provided with or without luggage lockers, seating for regular or overland services and AVL systems.
Fare billing with printed receipts
In recent years TeleMATRIK has become an effective supplier of comprehensive solutions for large and small privately owned bus companies. A new on-board computer is being introduced in 2019. The “BusMATRIK P2” (ill.) generation is a logical continuation of the already successful P1 ticket printer. This exhibitor is continuing along the same path and has installed more well-tested standard components such as the new Samsung Tab Active 2 as a driver display, as well as a standard single-board computer for the on-board systems and to control the printer. In addition to a new e-ticketing component the new on-board computer also has a built-in QR reader. This enables the new model to process all kinds of electronic and online tickets, including a VDV core application. New features of the tablet used in the BusMATRIK driver assistant include navigation by means of a graphic map and direct fare billing with print-out of receipts.
Cooling and heating in electric buses with an extended operating temperature range
The new ”REVO-E pro” roof-mounted air conditioning unit (ill.) from Valeo with heat pump technology for electric buses is celebrating a world premiere at BUS2BUS 2019. Reverse circulation in the heat pump can create a physical effect that causes the condenser in the air conditioning unit to freeze up. In particular when the external temperature is low this inhibits the smooth functioning of the heat pump. However, due to its virtual icing sensor and fully automated hot gas defroster with an energy-optimised defrosting time the REVO-E pro can be operated when outside temperatures are as low as -5 degrees Celsius, using R134a refrigerant, and down to -15 degrees Celsius with R449A. Together with the Valeo SC 620 control unit this provides a genuine stand-alone solution, meaning that all the air conditioning and control components are compactly integrated in the system and the control concept is decoupled from the on-board systems. The new air conditioning system can therefore be deployed in almost any bus anywhere in the world, regardless of the particular vehicle design.
Automated and seamless passenger and driver experience
ViaVan is a leading supplier of innovative on demand services for shared transport. The company reports that its comprehensive, cloud-based on-demand ride pooling solution (ill.) has proved its effectiveness in urban, suburban and rural areas. It is not restricted to any specific vehicle and can be used in shuttle fleets, taxis and vehicles adapted for wheelchair users. This solution encompasses all the technology modules and support services required to operate a best in class system. The passenger and driver experiences are automated and seamless. Collection, exiting and routing are being continually improved and all the participants in the system are coordinated and informed in real time. This is achieved using the following four modules: passenger app, driver app, visualiser (the card-based dispatcher interface from ViaVan) and admin consoles.