Busworld 2019 for the first time in Brussells. The European edition of the most important bus & coach exhibition will debut this year in the Belgian (and European) capital city from 18 to 23 October. With a growth of 50% in net exhibition surface, going from 40,000 sqm to 60,000 sqm, it is expected to be the biggest edition ever.
Busworld 2019 from 18 to 23 October 2019
The full exhibitor list of Busworld Europe 2019 can be consulted on the website www.busworldeurope.org. In conjunction with the Busworld exhibition, the ‘International Bus Conference’ – a collaboration between UITP and Busworld Academy – will open its doors in Brussels from 21 to 23 October 2019 on the same premises. More information is available on the website www.busconference.com.
Sustainable Bus Award 2020, the winners to be announced in Brussels
In the framework of Busworld 2019 it will be also held the handover ceremony of Sustainable Bus Award 2020. Nine vehicles were shortlisted for the final stage, three for each category (Urban, Intercity and Coach). The Urban section has been reconfirmed as an “electric bus only” land. Among city buses, indeed, the challenge will be between three battery electric vehicles: Mercedes eCitaro, Irizar ie tram and Heuliez GX 437 Elec. Last year the award was delivered to a trolleybus, the Iveco Crealis In Motion Charging.
Solaris at Busworld with new batteries and safety systems
Solaris is going to present three emission-free vehicles at the Busworld exhibition: Urbino 12 hydrogen, Urbino 18 electric and the battery trolleybus Trollino 24. What is more, Busworld Europe 2019 will see the showcase of the new battery Solaris High Energy +, that allow a maximum capacity of 550 kWh on the articulated bus.
The Solaris Urbino 18 electric for Busworld will feature a series of advanced safety systems. The bus will be equipped with the CMS (Collision Mitigation System). When a radar installed in a bus detects the risk of a potential head-on collision, the system goes into braking mode, reducing velocity and thus alleviating the consequences of a potential collision. The 18-meter Solaris features also cameras (in place of side mirrors) that ensure improved visibility not only in bright sunlight, but also during rain or snowfall, as well as at night. This new solution is already available for the whole Urbino family.
The Polish manufacturer (part of CAF group) will finally promote the forum “Solaris Talks“, which will take place every day of the fairs at the Solaris stand in Hall 5. As part of “Solaris Talks” the manufacturer will share its experience and information about its products, but also invite to talk about modern technologies used in the area of e-mobility and the changing image of public transport. The topics of short presentations opening the discussion will concern, among others types and selection of batteries, charging systems for buses and trolleybuses, hydrogen vehicles or remote diagnosis for electric buses.
Van Hool at Busworld 2019 with hydrogen BRT bus
The domestic manufacturer Van Hool, based in Belgium, will showcase at Busworld 2019 an hydrogen BRT bus and an electric coach for US market, plus a new variant of the EX coach that features a lenght of 11 meter (the shorter in the gamma). The articulated Van Hool Exqui.City FC, hydrogen powered, is almost ready to start operations in the French city of Pau as part of the first hydrogen BRT line in the world. It can carry 125 passengers. The vehicle needs 10 minutes to refuel, and has a range of 300 km, says the manufacturer.
As mentioned above, at Busworld 2019 in Brussels Van Hool will also present the CX45E, an electric coach for the North American market. As a supplier of battery modules, Van Hool has chosen Proterra, a US based manufacturer of battery technology for heavy vehicles (as well as complete buses).
MAN: Lion’s City E and electric minibus
MAN announced in July a couple of premieres that will be presented at Busworld 2019. In Brussels, the curtain will be raised on the MAN Lion’s City 19 and on the MAN eTGE electric minibus. It was announced at the pre-Busworld press conference in Munich. The Lion’s Intercity equipped with the D15 engine and the MAN TGE City will also be soon ‘baptized’.
It is worth mentioning that MAN’s stand at Busworld 2019 will also host the electric MAN Lion’s City E at the Busworld, which will soon be handed over to Hamburg operator VHH for a real condition pilot. Several units will circulate during the next year in various cities, in a pilot phase that will lead, in the second half of 2020, to the start of mass production of the electric bus in the Polish plant of Starakhowice. That is being prepared for the new task…
Daimler Buses at Busworld 2019. eCitaro on top
Daimler Buses puts its electric bus eCitaro in the spotlight at Busworld 2019. Eight buses and coaches will be showcased by Mercedes and Setra from 18th to 23rd October in Brussels. The Busworld will also be the occasion for the world premiere of the new Sprinter Travel 75. The manufacturer will present a total of eight buses between Mercedes and Setra brands.
Mercedes will bring to Busworld the Intouro, which is characterized by its versatility, and the coach Tourismo 15 RHD. The new Sprinter Travel 75 will be presented as a world premiere. With its capacity of 21+1 seats obtained thanks to a new axle with high load capacity, it sets a new standard in the field of touring minibuses.
Setra will show the MultiClass S 415 LE business, the double decker Setra TopClass S 531 DT, the high-floor coaches Setra ComfortClass S 515 HD and Setra TopClass S 516 HDH.
Irizar at Busworld 2019 with hybrid and electric buses
In a 2.000 square metre stand where Irizar and Irizar e-mobility will coexist, six latest generation vehicles will be on display at Busworld 2019: two Irizar brand integral coaches (i8 and 6S), two hybrid vehicles (the new i4 and i3) and two electric buses (the new ie bus and tram). Ten Irizar ie tram are in operation on the new electric BRT line launched by Keolis in French Basque Country at the beginning of September. Earlier this year, still in France, Keolis launched a similar system in Amiens, also operated with Irizar electric vehicles.