IVECO BUS recently signed a framework agreement with STIB-MIVB (Brussels Intermunicipal Transport Company) to supply 141 articulated 18-metre hybrid electric buses. This order is an important step for the City of Brussels, Belgium and is part of the network’s development plan to promote more sustainable transport.
IVECO BUS has signed a five year framework agreement with STIB-MIVB, the Brussels public transport operator. It covers the delivery of 141 articulated hybrid electric Urbanway buses. This agreement also covers the 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 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 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.
The Urbanway also offers high passenger capacity (up to 103 ), which was a decisive factor in STIB-MIVB’s final choice. Delivery of these 141 vehicles will start in 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 hybrid electric Urbanway bus combines an electric traction system with a Euro VI 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.
The “Arrive & Go” function enables operation in 100% electric mode with zero emissions 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 tonne reduction of CO2 per year – the equivalent weight of two buses – thereby offering real economic and environmental advantages.
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. Carbon emissions can thus be reduced by up to 90% compared with a standard diesel engine.
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.
CNH Industrial’s origins in Belgium date back to 1906 in the agricultural machinery sector. The group employs some 4,000 people in the country. It operates two plants in Zedelgem and Antwerp – dedicated to research and development, production and distribution of the New Holland agricultural ranges – and oversees a national network of dealers and after-sales points for its Brands.
The Brussels Intermunicipal Transport Company (STIB-MIVB) is the leading Belgian public urban transport company. It serves 19 municipalities in the Brussels region as well as 11 more on the outskirts, a total line of 241.5 km². It provides a transport service for over 1,100,000 local residents as well as thousands of commuters. The STIB-MIVB network consists of four metro lines, 17 tram lines, 50 bus lines and 11 night bus lines. Based on initial estimates, in 2017 STIB-MIVB was responsible for no fewer than 401 million journeys.