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BEL­GIUM CAP­I­TAL the City of Brus­sels’ trans­port com­pany STIB-MIVB (Brus­sels In­ter­mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port Com­pany) has signed a frame­work agree­ment with Iveco Bus for more than 140 ar­tic­u­lated 18-me­tre hy­brid elec­tric buses, it’s been an­nounced.

The 141-bus or­der is an im­por­tant step for the City of Brus­sels and is part of the net­work’s de­vel­op­ment plan to pro­mote more sus­tain­able trans­port, the com­pany states.

The five-year agree­ment with the pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tor cov­ers the de­liv­ery of 141 ar­tic­u­lated hy­brid elec­tric Ur­ban­way buses and also the plan­ning, con­struc­tion, sup­ply, im­ple­men­ta­tion, de­liv­ery of spare parts and bat­tery pack main­te­nance, as well as all trac­tion chain com­po­nents, it states.

Ac­cord­ing to Iveco, 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 to the net­work will en­able STIB-MIVB to in­crease its bus net­work’s to­tal ca­pac­ity by a third by the end of 2019. Thanks to a strong de­sire and will­ing­ness from the gov­ern­ment, a new era has be­gun for our net­work, of­fer­ing pas­sen­gers greater com­fort and im­prov­ing mo­bil­ity and qual­ity of life in Brus­sels. I’m proud to be part of the mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture, along­side Iveco Bus, a key part­ner in sus­tain­able trans­port!” said Brieuc de Meeûs, CEO of STIB-MIVB.

The 18-me­tre-long hy­brid elec­tric Ur­ban­way bus has been de­signed to fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess and im­prove travel con­di­tions for pas­sen­gers, such as a low floor for im­proved pas­sen­ger flow man­age­ment; a ded­i­cated zone for vul­ner­a­ble users; and mo­du­lar ar­eas to ac­com­mo­date a wheel­chair or chil­dren’s pushchairs, it states.

The Ur­ban­way also of­fers high pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity (up to 103), which was a de­ci­sive fac­tor in STIB-MIVB’s fi­nal choice, it’s claimed. De­liv­ery of these 141 ve­hi­cles will start May 2019, and will be a key fac­tor in re­in­forc­ing the com­pany’s trans­port pro­posal in its move to im­ple­ment the city’s Bus Master Plan.


This ve­hi­cle com­bines an elec­tric trac­tion sys­tem with a Euro 6 en­gine and lat­est en­ergy stor­age sys­tem to pro­vide a cleaner mo­bil­ity so­lu­tion. The pow­er­train man­age­ment sys­tem op­ti­mises fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions, whilst re­cov­er­ing and stor­ing the ki­netic en­ergy re­leased un­der brak­ing, ex­plains Iveco.

The ‘Ar­rive & Go’ func­tion en­ables op­er­a­tion in 100 per cent elec­tric mode with zero emis­sions when ap­proach­ing and leav­ing stop signs, bus stops and traf­fic lights. Fuel con­sump­tion per ve­hi­cle is re­duced by 30 per cent and CO2 emis­sions can also be re­duced by up to 30 per cent com­pared with diesel buses, equat­ing to a 35-tonne re­duc­tion of CO2 per year – the equiv­a­lent weight of two buses – thereby of­fer­ing real eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­van­tages, it states.

Its Tec­tor 7 286hp en­gine pro­duced by FPT In­dus­trial – the pow­er­train brand of CNH In­dus­trial – which is com­pat­i­ble with sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion HVO bio­fuel, en­hances this per­for­mance still fur­ther, Iveco says. Car­bon emis­sions can thus be re­duced by up to

90 per cent com­pared with a stan­dard diesel en­gine, it states.

In ad­di­tion, its silent op­er­a­tion pro­vides an im­me­di­ate ben­e­fit in terms of com­fort for pas­sen­gers, the driver and lo­cal res­i­dents.

“This agree­ment with STIB-MIVB clearly po­si­tions us as the leader in en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spect­ful so­lu­tions with gov­ern­ment author­i­ties and trans­port of­fi­cials who are now choos­ing the mo­bil­ity of to­mor­row. We are de­lighted at this sig­nif­i­cant or­der in a coun­try that ben­e­fits from the strong pres­ence of our CNH In­dus­trial Group,” said Syl­vain Blaise, vice-pres­i­dent of Iveco and head of the Global Bus Di­vi­sion.

“A new era has be­gun for [Brus­sels’] net­work, of­fer­ing pas­sen­gers greater com­fort...”

Above: Up to 141 Iveco ar­tic­u­lated hy­brid elec­tric Ur­ban­way buses will be grac­ing the streets of Brus­sels, Bel­gium.

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