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EX­IST­ING TROLLEYBUS-US­ING cities around the world can also em­brace cleaner pub­lic trans­port via ve­hi­cles like Iveco Bus’s Crealis, which has earned its first or­der fol­low­ing its Sus­tain­able Bus of the Year 2019 cat­e­gory win at the 2018 IAA in Ger­many, re­cently.

Li­mo­ges Métropole in Li­mo­ges, France, has been us­ing trol­ley­buses for more than 50 years and, by in­vest­ing in a new gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, en­dorses its com­mit­ment to en­ergy tran­si­tion, it states.

Un­veiled on the open­ing day of the IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Show, this new ve­hi­cle rep­re­sents an­other sig­nif­i­cant ad­vance in the field of elec­tric mo­bil­ity, ac­cord­ing to Iveco Bus.

By choos­ing the Crealis ‘InMo­tion-Charg­ing’ – as is its name in full – the mu­nic­i­pal­ity demon­strates its de­sire to be­come a city where travel for its 208,000 res­i­dents will be­come in­creas­ingly less pol­lut­ing and qui­eter, it claims.

Thanks to the suc­cess of lo­cally man­u­fac­tured, elec­tri­cally pow­ered ve­hi­cles in the city, Li­mo­ges is push­ing ahead with the mod­erni­sa­tion of its ex­ist­ing net­work. These new ve­hi­cles – sup­ple­ment­ing its fleet of nearly 30 trol­ley­buses al­ready in ser­vice – will be used on the busiest routes.

This or­der is a per­fect fit for the city’s de­vel­op­ment plan to build a more sus­tain­able tran­sit sys­tem, and posi­tons Iveco Bus as a key elec­tro­mo­bil­ity part­ner, the France-based Ital­ian com­pany states.

“As loyal trolleybus users for many decades, we are de­lighted to be the first in France to or­der this new gen­er­a­tion of ve­hi­cles. Crealis In-Mo­tion-Charg­ing con­firms that elec­tric­ity is the way for­ward for en­ergy tran­si­tion in pub­lic trans­port,” said M. Gérard Van­den­broucke, pres­i­dent of Li­mo­ges Métropole.


Specif­i­cally fo­cused on the per­for­mance and prof­itabil­ity of a Zero Emis­sions pack­age, Iveco’s propo­si­tion with the Crealis is based on three main prin­ci­ples, it says:

• Zero-emis­sions mo­bil­ity without com­pro­mis­ing daily free­dom of move­ment or cli­matic com­fort

• Bat­tery-pow­ered airline fa­cil­i­ties to cover the dis­tance be­tween de­pot and ter­mi­nus, to cope with traf­fic is­sues, and to stream­line ter­mi­nus in­fra­struc­tures for turn­arounds and his­toric tours

• Re­duce the load on the elec­tric­ity grid as con­sump­tion is main­tained at a con­stant level on a daily ba­sis. This elec­tric bus does not waste op­er­at­ing time to recharge its bat­ter­ies, as they recharge au­to­mat­i­cally while it runs when con­nected to the over­head lines, says Iveco Bus. More­over, to pre­serve the ar­chi­tec­tural qual­ity of town cen­tres, the Crealis ve­hi­cles can run on bat­ter­ies for 25 per cent to 40 per cent per­cent of the route, it states.

The strik­ing lines and liv­ery of Iveco Bus’s high-vol­ume rapid tran­sit (BHNS) buses will make them a fu­ture icon, the com­pany says.

“[The bat­ter­ies] recharge au­to­mat­i­cally... when con­nected to over­head lines.”

“With this new In-Mo­tionCharg­ing fa­cil­ity we will con­tinue to sup­port all trans­port author­i­ties that have de­cided to opt for elec­tro­mo­bil­ity. We are de­lighted that the city of Li­mo­ges has had the con­fi­dence to opt for our brand new elec­tric Crealis,” said Syl­vain Blaise, vice pres­i­dent of Iveco, in charge of Iveco Bus.

This new gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle builds on the ex­ist­ing Iveco Bus range and has al­ready re­ceived two in­ter­na­tional awards in re­cent months: the Crealis In-Mo­tion-Charg­ing won the Pub­lic Trans­port Award in June in the ‘Move Green’ En­ergy-En­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory; and has just been awarded the ti­tle ‘Sus­tain­able Bus of the Year 2019’ in the Ur­ban cat­e­gory at the Han­nover-held IAA Show.

Above: Iveco Bus’s Crealis ‘InMo­tion-Charg­ing’ was awarded ‘Sus­tain­able Bus of the Year 2019’ in the Ur­ban cat­e­gory at the Han­nover-held IAA show this Septem­ber.

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