Busworld Europe 2023, scheduled in Brussels from 7 to 12 October, is hosting 526 exhibitors, including 75 bus builders (representing an increase from the 66 bus builders present in 2019) from 38 different countries. Notably, 182 of the exhibitors were new entrants to the event.

The exhibition spans an impressive 75,000 square meters. One notable feature is the presence of 222 vehicles, with 29 of them available for outdoor demonstrations. Busworld Europe 2023 welcomes exhibitors from 38 different countries. Turkey takes the lead with 96 companies, followed closely by Germany with 79 companies, and China with 61 companies.

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Busworld Managing Director Mieke Glorieux. Credit: Sustainable Bus

The above-mentioned figures were shared by Busworld Managing Director Mieke Glorieux during the opening press conference on 5th October. The organizers aimed to gather over 40,000 visitors. On 16th October the final figures of the exhibition were released: the event welcomed 40,120 visitors from 111 countries.

‘What’s new? At Busworld you will see!”. At the UITP show in Barcelona it was a constant refrain. A good number of manufacturers and suppliers have kept the news in store for an exhibition that, four years after its last edition (here our report from 2019 edition!), promises to really make a ‘bang’.

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Next edition of Busworld Europe: 4 – 9 October 2025

Busworld Europe 2025 will be hosted at Brussels Expo from October 4th to October 9th. Busworld organization explains that “Sales for existing exhibitors will commence in spring 2024, with invitations extended to ensure their participation. New exhibitors will have the opportunity to secure their spot from May 2024. Stay tuned for more updates on this exceptional event that promises to shape the future of the bus and coach industry. We can’t wait to see you in Brussels for Busworld Europe 2025!”

Sustainable Bus Awards 2024 winners? MAN, Iveco Bus, Setra

The Sustainable Bus Awards 2024 were handed over on October 6, 2023, amidst the glitz and glamour of the “Gala Night”.

In the “Urban” category, the top accolade was bestowed upon the MAN Lion’s City 10 E. The MAN Lion’s City 10 E emerged as the champion 2024, acknowledging the manufacturer’s technological efforts and its growing market share within the zero emission bus segment. 

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For the “Intercity” category, the newly launched IVECO BUS Crossway LE Elec claimed victory. This model, just updated with a brand new design and technological features, showcases the future of zero-emission drivetrain in intercity transportation. 

In the “Coach” category, the spotlight shone on the SETRA TopClass S 515 HDH. Recognized for its luxurious comfort and sustainability features, the SETRA TopClass S 515 HDH stood out as the premier choice for safe coach travels. 


Accelera by Cummins: batteries and hydrogen engine

Accelera by Cummins is making its European bus market debut at Busworld Europe 2023 in Brussels.

The launch of Accelera in May (it builds on the competences of Siemens and Meritor, both taken over by Cummins), will be at Busworld complemented by the presentation of the BP95E battery that features one of the highest energy densities available today, the supplier claims. Cummins adds that the BP95E “offers flexible mounting options and seamless integration capabilities, ideal for city-bus applications”. But that’s not all!

Altas Auto: the deal with Zhongtong at Busworld

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Altas Auto is expanding its EV bus lineup through a strategic cooperation with Chinese manufacturer Zhongtong Bus. The Lithuanian company, specialized in minibuses, has just announced the move: the portfolio will be increased with two battery-electric buses. The first one, 7.5-meter long, will be premiered at Busworld Europe 2023 in a ‘vision’ version.

A new 7.5 m city bus vision will be presented at the Altas Auto stand in the Busworld 2023 exhibition. “Based on this concept, the partnership between both companies will create a whole line of new Altas Audo midi-size buses that meet European specifications and requirements”, the company states.

Automecanica from Romania: a newcomer in the bus business

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Brussels-based exhibition provided the perfect stage for Automecanica, a Romanian automotive company that traces its origins back to the 1940s when it started as an aircraft maintenance workshop, to present a dedicated strategy aimed at developing and commercializing electric buses (and not only).

The Automecanica AM12, unveiled at Busworld, is a low-floor city bus powered with NMC or LFP batteries capable of up to 420 kWh (which can be distributed across 5 to 12 modules on the roof). Propelled by a dual motor system from Plastic Omnium, this bus is capable of delivering 250 kW / 3,000 Nm. On board there is room for up to 87 passengers.

Ballard and Forsee Power to exhibit together

Ballard Power Systems will present its FCmove range, “which is the longest serving fuel cell solution available”, the company claims. 

“Powering the fast-growing number of hydrogen bus fleets in Europe, North America and China, Ballard’s proven FCmove product range incorporates fuel cell modules with a power range from 45kW – 120 kW. Designed for the specific requirements of transit buses, Ballard’s 70kW FCmove-HD and 100kW FCmove-HD+ are available in rooftop and engine bay configurations for the maximum level of integration flexibility. Ballard-powered buses and trucks have now operated over 150 million km globally”.

Interestingly, the Canadian fuel cell provider is co-exhibiting with Forsee Power on stand 114.

The French battery supplier states: “With a stated goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the electrification of transportation is no longer an option. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that 50% of the European mobility market, including public transport, will be electrified by 2030. We have already equipped ~2,500 bus with our smart battery systems all around the word and Forsee Power is leading the world market for bus batteries outside of China. More than ever, we are convinced of the impact of zero-emission mobility and the importance of developing products that are as carbon-free as possible . That’s why we support OEMs in their energy transition thanks to our wide range of battery solutions including different technologies (NMC, LTO and LFP). The Forsee Power’s R&D team is working on the development of new high value-added batteries whose specifications are in line with heavy vehicle needs, whether 100% electric, hydrogen or hybrid”.

BorgWarner @ Busworld 2023

Coolers for electric motors, high-voltage ventilation systems, and high-voltage coolant heaters for batteries and passenger compartments. These are the products Borgwarner brought to Brussels at the 26th Busworld Europe.

Intercell eCoolers for electric vehicles are cold plates to cool battery cells: thermal management of battery cells is critical to improve performance and durability; to achieve this goal, BorgWarner has developed cooling systems characterized by excellent coolant distribution, leading to homogeneity and low thermal resistance and pressure drop.

BYD e-bus now has batteries integrated in chassis

BYD premieres two new pure-electric buses at Busworld 2023, alongside two existing models in Europe: the BYD eBus B19 (18.75m) and the BYD eBus B15 (15m), as announced.

The 12-metre BYD eBus B12 and the BYD-UNVI DD13 Double-Decker coach both make their European debut at the Expo.

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What is worth mentioning, all-new 12-metre BYD eBus is the first bus to utilise BYD’s Blade Battery Chassis bringing a new level of safety and energy efficiency, and exceptional range.

With BYD’s latest generation of 12-metre electric buses, BYD presents its revolutionary all-new pure-electric bus chassis which integrates the Lithium Iron Phosphate Blade Battery within the chassis structure. This Blade Battery Chassis technology also utilises a new 6-in-1 controller with Silicon Carbide technology, together with two wheel hub hairpin motors. Combined, “these bring a multitude of benefits to BYD’s 12-metre eBus including enhanced energy efficiency, performance and durability”, BYD says.

Another new entrant to the BYD eBus family is the BYD-UNVI DD13, 13-meter double decker ebus, which also makes its debut at Busworld Europe. They are joined by the BYD 15-metre eBus and the BYD 19-metre eBus, also being displayed on our stand.

Cojali at Busworld with connectivity solutions 

Cojali will take the opportunity of Busworld Europe to showcase its solutions for connectivity, electric vehicles, predictive maintenance and remote diagnostics.

Based in Spain, Cojali is a multinational manufacturer of components and electronics. Besides this, the company develops advanced diagnostics solutions, remote diagnostics and connectivity for commercial vehicles. Cojali has three subsidaries in France, Italy and USA, as well as four sales offices in Germany, Turkey, Mexico and India. The company has 550 employees worldwide and business in 135 countries. In 2021 the German group Knorr-Bremse acquired a majority stake in Cojali.

Daimler Buses: “only electrically powered city buses should be allowed in Europe from 2030”

Daimler Buses believes that a halving of CO2 emissions from new buses in Europe is possible from 2030, compared to 2025, across all segments. To achieve this, a comprehensive supportive policy framework is necessary. The company made this announcement on 6h October at Busworld in Brussels, thus supporting EU Commission proposal for all new city buses to be zero emission starting in 2030.

According to the manufacturer, only electrically powered city buses should be allowed in Europe from 2030. Daimler Buses also expects that the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a zero-emission city bus will be equivalent to that of a diesel bus by 2030 and may even exceed it, depending on energy costs. 

At an exhibition stand with a surface of 2700 square metres (together with Van Hool, the largest of the whole expo), Mercedes-Benz and Setra will showcase at Busworld Europe eight buses and coaches (eCitaro fuel call will not be missing, as well as the new Setra MultiClass 500 LE). Three more vehicles from the two major bus and touring coach brands on display in the outdoor exhibition area, including two for test drives.

The brand anticipates that “All vehicles bearing the Mercedes star share a host of new safety and assistance systems“. At Busworld Europe 2023 in Brussels, Daimler Buses will be showcasing a comprehensive range of new and enhanced assistance systems, starting with ABA 6, Preventive Brake Assist 2, Sideguard Assist 2 (now available also on the left side).

Dancer Bus: the debut at Busworld

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Lithuanian “Vėjo projektai,” a consortium specializing in electrification solutions for public transport, is set to mark its debut at Busworld 2023 in Brussels, Belgium, from October 7-12. The group will showcase their electric Dancer buses.

At the heart of Dancer Bus’s participation are two models of 100% electric LE (low entry) 12-meter city buses. The “Designed for urban dynamism, the FC 75 model offers a rapid battery recharge time of under 8 minutes. With an energy-efficient consumption rate of just 0.72 kWh per km, this model can cover up to 100 km on a single charge, making it an ideal choice for round-the-clock city operations”, the company states. Secondly, the Long Range Dancer Bus (LR 530) “can travel a remarkable 530 km on a single charge, courtesy of its high-capacity NMC battery. Charging can be completed in 1 to 4 hours, providing flexibility for various transit schedules”.

Eberspaecher: heating and cooling at Busworld Europe 2023

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Eberspaecher is presenting two new air conditioning systems for hybrid and battery-electric buses at Busworld Europe.

With the AC135 AE, Eberspaecher offers a roof-mounted system with a built-in compressor for medium-sized to large passenger compartments. The AC138 EVO achieves low energy consumption during heating and cooling thanks to Eberspaecher’s patented heat pump technology.

“The new roof-mounted system, particularly for hybrid and battery-electric buses, convinces with its low system complexity and high energy efficiency. We are very excited to share the AC138 EVO with the industry at Busworld Europe.”, states Henning Tomin, Global Director Sales & Marketing Eberspächer Bus and Coach.

Ebusco?

Ebusco will be present with as well the Ebusco 3.0 12 m as well as new Ebusco 3.0 18 m. People can use a Bus Simulator where they can drive the Ebusco 2.2 12 and 18 meter as well the Ebusco 3.0 12 m.

Similar to UITP, visitors will be able to experience the power of carbon composite for themselves: on the stand, visitors can see ánd hold a carbon beam to feel how light and yet strong this material is. Additionally, visitors can learn more about fleet monitoring by following a demo about Ebusco live.

ENRX: at Busworld there’s room also for inductive charging

Inductive technology specialist ENRX will present its Next-Generation Electric Roadway system in Brussels. The system can be integrated into various vehicle types and battery designs for light-duty and heavy-duty applications, including buses.

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“The system incorporates both wireless dynamic and static charging capabilities, simplifying the process of electric bus charging. It adapts to various clearance distances between the ground and vehicle and cooperates seamlessly with all coil typologies through a continuous homogeneous field. The outstanding features of the system include a high-power output of 200 kW and superior battery protection from peak values. In addition, it provides excellent protection against electromagnetic radiation while being optimized for civil engineering applications”, ENRX states. The company announces that a forthcoming real-world implementation on a four-lane highway in Florida will provide an opportunity to see how the system is set to transform electric bus transportation.

Equipmake: the Zero Emission Drivetrain

Zero Emission Drivetrain. This will be the innovation that Equipmake will launch at Busworld in Brussels, Oct. 7-12, 2023. The modular and scalable system can be applied to any bus and coach. State-of-the-art lithium-ion battery packs are available in a range of sizes, from 327 kWh to 436 kWh, up to 545 kWh, giving ranges up to 400km, while Equipmake’s HTM 3500 electric motor is seamlessly integrated into the prop shaft – without the need for a separate transmission – and has been precisely engineered to meet the demanding requirements of a fully laden bus by producing 3,500Nm torque at a motor speed of just 1,000rpm and delivering 400kW maximum power.

eVersum launches partnership with Oxa

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eVersum has signed a partnership with autonomous vehicle software developer Oxa. Focus? Designing, developing and producing shared autonomous passenger vehicles. These vehicles will be offered to public transport operators in Europe and the US, with the first being autonomous city ‘eShuttles’, eVersum states.

eVersum is active in the manufacturing of future-looking electric vehicles, with a portfolio of three models so far: the eShuttle, the eTrain and the eCity (that, as it was announced in January 2021, is currently being developed in cooperation with Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG). In summer 2021 the company announced a deal with US battery supplier Microvast. In late 2021, eVersum announced a cooperation with Rocsys in developing autonomous charging of eShuttles .

Announced at this year’s Busworld 2023 Europe exhibition, this new will see eVersum produce autonomous-ready electric base vehicles, featuring Oxa Driver, Oxa’s autonomy software, along with sensors and computing technology integrated directly on the production line.

FPT Industrial will bring batteries and BMS in Brussels

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Visitors to FPT Industrial stand at Busworld 2023 will have the opportunity to check and touch three ePowertrain products. The first is the eBS37 EVO 37 kWh battery pack for minibuses with energy density of up to 140 Wh/kg (to be used on the eDaily minibus).

This battery pack adopts the eBM5, the first BMS developed by FPT Industrial with advanced battery management algorithms to ensure a higher level of safety, precision and performance.

The third product on show will be the 69 kWh eBS69 battery pack for electric buses, with best-in-class energy density of up to 178 Wh/kg and up to 10 years warranty, which optimises installation in customers’ vehicles and is ideal for bus applications. It’s the battery that is set to be mounted on the updated generation of the Iveco Bus E-Way from late 2024.

Hitachi Energy at Busworld

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Hitachi Energy offers various options for greener, cleaner and quieter public land transportation, from its Grid-eMotion® EV charging system, to its comprehensive energy management and smart charging solution for EV depots and compact cooling units, complemented by proactive battery management and charging optimization systems from sister company Hitachi ZeroCarbon.

“After 4 years, we’re delighted to be back at the first Busworld event since pre-COVID times. The need – and desire – for sustainable transportation options is accelerating…and we’re here for it! This important communal sector has never been more committed to reducing CO₂ emissions as transport operators seek sustainable options that not only connect our communities but can be scaled and optimized across their cities with solutions for electrification and digitalization. My team and I will be available throughout the event to help make your sustainable public transportation objectives a reality,” states Thierry Lassus, Senior Vice President, Head of Transportation, Hitachi Energy, shared.

Thierry Lassus will share his vision for the future of electric mobility in Session #3 “Smart Energy Management When Deploying Electric Buses”, and Mike Nugent, Head of Europe, Hitachi ZeroCarbon, will speak in Session #2 “Digital Operational Excellence via Telematics”.

Irizar: the fuel cell coach!

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Irizar will ‘donate’ the fair one of its most important innovations. Busworld 2023 may go down in the annals for hosting the first presentation of a hydrogen-powered coach. In Brussels Irizar is indeed going to unveil the Irizar i6S Efficient Hydrogen. Lot’s of hype!

Iveco E-Way H2 live at Busworld Europe 2023

Iveco Group and Hyundai Motor Company on 6th October unveiled the first Iveco Bus E-Way H2 at Busworld 2023 in Brussels.

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The company has been showing in Brussels its full offering of electric vehicles, from city and intercity buses (E-Way, Streetway Elec and Crossway LE Elec, launched with new design) to minibuses (eDaily). What is relevant, all Iveco Bus vehicles on stage are all equipped with new ADAS technology.

This new hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric bus is another concrete result of the partnership the two companies announced in March 2022 and reflects their commitment to accelerate the transition towards net zero carbon mobility and transport. The new model will expand the Iveco Bus zero-emission solutions for cities.

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The E-Way H2 is a 12-meter-long low-floor city bus equipped with a 310-kW e-motor and a fuel cell system provided by HTWO, a fuel cell system-based hydrogen business brand of Hyundai Motor Group. With four tanks offering a combined storage of 7.8 kg of hydrogen and one 69 kWh battery pack by FPT Industrial, Iveco Group’s brand specialised in powertrain technologies, the vehicle offers a driving range of 450 km under normal operating conditions, Iveco Bus states.

) to minibuses (eDaily). What is relevant, all Iveco Bus vehicles on stage are all equipped with new ADAS technology.

This new hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric bus is another concrete result of the partnership the two companies announced in March 2022 and reflects their commitment to accelerate the transition towards net zero carbon mobility and transport. The new model will expand the Iveco Bus zero-emission solutions for cities.

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The E-Way H2 is a 12-meter-long low-floor city bus equipped with a 310-kW e-motor and a fuel cell system provided by HTWO, a fuel cell system-based hydrogen business brand of Hyundai Motor Group. With four tanks offering a combined storage of 7.8 kg of hydrogen and one 69 kWh battery pack by FPT Industrial, Iveco Group’s brand specialised in powertrain technologies, the vehicle offers a driving range of 450 km under normal operating conditions, Iveco Bus states.

Karsan and Isuzu at Busworld

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Karsan will be showing in Brussels e-Jest, Autonomous e-Atak (a model will also be on the road in the outdoor area), and e-Ata Hydrogen.

Among the vehicles that will be brought in Brussels by Isuzu there’s the Citivolt 12, the first 12-meter e-bus in the Turkish group’s offer. Isuzu will be also raising the curtain on the Novo VOLT, the latest addition to its electric vehicle range.

The NovoVolt’s electric motor and redesigned design have zeroed out fuel emissions and reduced noise emissions, underscoring the measures the company has taken to achieve its goals for a sustainable future. The Novo VOLT offers efficiency, maneuverability and high or comfort level, especially in medium- and long-haul travel, thanks to its 7.3-meter length and spacious interior. The propulsion of the Novo VOLT, based on a 165 kWh battery, enables it to offer a range of 225 km. The electric motor has a continuous output of 320 kW and torque of 1,200 Nm. The Novo VOLT can carry 29 passengers, thanks to the fact that the battery packs are integrated into the platform

Kiepe Electric, the K-Chargers for Brussels

For the German group Kiepe Electric, now being sold by Knorr-Bremse, Busworld Europe 2023 is set to be the opportunity for the world premiere for mobile High-Power Charging (mHPC) with the K-Charger, which charges electric buses with up to 800 kW in mere minutes.

Kiepe Electric Mobile High-Power Charging (mHPC) with K-Charger “opens up a completely new charging strategy for transit authorities by quickly charging battery electric buses”, Kiepe states.

MAN with the electric Low Entry

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What about MAN? The Bavarian manufacturer will focus on electronics: a series of updates will be launched in Brussels to make the coach platform capable of handling the new generation of ADAS. Technologies that will gradually gain prominence: from 2024, blind spot monitoring systems will become mandatory.

What is more, MAN is unveiling at Busworld the Lion’s Intercity LE 14m and the Lion’s City E Low Entry. These two novelties were announced at the press conference held in Nuremberg on 18th September.

Masats: new accessibility devices at Busworld Europe

Masats will be presenting its innovations in accessibility systems for public transport at the Busworld fair in Brussels (7-12 october 2023). First and foremost, it’ll be showcasing the all-new RE2 electric ramp, which is placed on the floor of the bus and enables comfortable access to the vehicle with a single 930 x 850 mm platform. Despite its low weight – only 48 kg – it is tested up to 350 kg. A presence sensor on the edge and on the platform provide even greater safety. Thus, it’s a quick and reliable ramp which can also be operated manually. But it won’t be the only news from the Spanish supplier

MCV at Busworld in Brussels

Volvo does not appear in the exhibitor list. There will, however, be the Egyptian coachbuilder MCV, which will henceforth be responsible for Volvo’s electric range and a few months ago launched a 12-metre battery-powered bus under its own brand dedicated to the German market (under the aegis of its Teutonic subsidiary MCV Germany).

Mellor first 12-meter e-bus is ready

Mellor will reveal its new Sigma 9 and 12 buses for the very first time in Brussels at Busworld Europe 2023. Mellor’s attendance at Busworld comes after the business has experienced exceptional growth in the last three years.  

“The Sigma 9 requires just 60% of the battery power of the average single deck bus and with two battery options, offers customers choice and flexibility. Distinguished by its narrow width of just 2.35m and lightweight construction, the 60-passenger, Sigma 9 is a linchpin in Mellor’s 6-model Sigma line-up”, the manufacturer states.

Mellor’s new Sigma 12 will also be on display for the first time at Busworld. With capacity for over 80 passengers, Sigma 12 marks Mellor’s entry into the high-capacity city bus market.

GAMA, the newly-formed entity resulting from the merger of Gaussin and Macnica (whose joint venture has taken over Navya business in April 2023) is making its debut appearance at Busworld, where it will present its L4 technology as part of the EFIBA project (Emergence Filière Bus Autonomes), supported by France Relance. 

GAMA focuses on five key markets – logistics, ports, airports, industrial sites and public and private passenger transport – where Gaussin and Macnica are already established. The company “is divided into two business units, one offering complete solutions for the autonomous movement of goods (containers, trailers, luggage, etc.) and the other providing sustainable, innovative solutions for the mobility of people”. 

Otokar, welcome e-Territo (and e-Kent Hydrogen)

Otokar is exhibiting 7 buses of its range of city and interurban buses (with 3 premieres) at Busworld Europe, plus promoting its telematics system BusMonitor and EV charger solutions.

Otokar unveils at Busworld its first Fuel Cell electric bus Kent Hydrogen and 13 meter electric interurban bus e-Territo. Otokar’s technology demonstrator bus Autonomous e-Centro will carry the visitors of the exhibition providing a shuttle service at between the halls. Current and prospective users visiting the Otokar booth will also find the opportunity to see the new design of Navigo buses, the best-seller medium size bus of many countries in Europe.

PEI Mobility: bus bellows in Brussels

One of the novelties that PEI Mobility will present at Busworld concerns the range of articulations, introducing a new joint dedicated to ‘puller’ vehicles with a different traction system.

Other product innovations will be featured at the Stand: the R&D department of PEI Mobility has recently carried out important studies on the use of innovative materials and developed new performing solutions that further broaden the product range.

Rampini, the first time ever at Busworld

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Italian bus builder Rampini participates for the first time in its history in Busworld Europe in Brussels and shows its full portfolio of Zero Emission buses in a compact size. The highlight is the presentation of the new Hydrogen Range Extender midibus Hydron, that goes into production in 2024.

Also the electric version of the eight meter Midibus Eltron is featured with a new Design called “Stile Energetico”, made by the prestigious Italian Design Studio Vernacchia.

Last but not least the smallest family member with six meters length joins the show: the SIXTRON for up to 28 passengers – also fully electric.

Rampini developed the Hydron bus using its battery-electric bus model, with modifications to incorporate fuel storage and a Loop Energy S300 (30 kW) fuel cell engine (the cooperation with the Canadian fuel cell supplier was kicked off at NME 2022 in Milan). At 8-metres long, the bus has capacity for up to 48 passengers and is fitted with a 10.8 kilogram hydrogen tank that allows for a range of 450 kilometres. The extended range of the bus means operators do not have to refuel while in service.

Safra: welcome HYCITY! Bluebus with new 6m

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“We will display the HYCITY at the Busworld trade show in Brussels. It is a great opportunity to do the first public presentation of our new generation hydrogen bus – here what Safra Chief Commercial Officer Eric Baleviez, who joined the French company in early 2022, told us in July 2023 -. Since the announcement of this new product at the Paris 2022 Euro Mobility Expo our engineering teams worked hard to design our new hydrogen vehicle taking into account customers and market expectations in terms of performances, maintainability, road behaviour, customization capabilities. It takes time to do this properly, in a pragmatic step by step approach. We are now ready to deliver and with already a very nice order book” (ten units are going to be delivered in Dunkirk).

Let’s stay in France: Bluebus is going to take the opportunity of the expo to reveal the second generation of its Bluebus 6m electric minibus. “This new model of bluebus is more spacious, better suited to city centres and complies with the EBSF (European Bus System of the Future) standard”, the French company states.

Scania shows LNG-powered coach and new electric bus platform

“Today 90 percent of the emissions in cities comes from out of the inner urban centers. For the long distance segment, Scania Group is showcasing a #LNG-powered coach, built in cooperation with Irizar, able to run for 1,200 km on a single refill. Going to suburban areas, I’m happy to introduce Scania new battery electric bus platform, with battery capacity of 520 kWh. It’s at our stand as a intercity LE bus built in cooperation with Grupo Castrosua, one of our partners”.

Speaking, Johanna Salomonsson Lind, Senior Vice President Head of People Transport Solutions, Scania, during the opening ceremony of Busworld Europe on 5th October.

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Johanna Salomonsson Lind, Senior Vice President Head of People Transport Solutions, Scania. Credit: Sustainable Bus

She added: “We rely on Northvolt as battery supplier: cells are produced using only fossil-free energy. And the footprint of the batteries we use is one third of that of average industrial batteries”

The group, that earlier this year has announced the decision to cease body production for Scania bus chassis in Poland and to continue offering complete buses and coaches thanks to partnerships with bodybuilders (the business model already adopted for 90 percent of Scania bus sales worldwide), is showcasing in Brussels a Scania Castrosua LE 4×2, based on a new e-bus platform.

13-meter long, it features independent front axle suspension, according to the very few specifications shared by the group so far.

It is worth mentioning that the new e-bus platform will be open to collaboration with other bodybuilders.

Skoda in Brussels in cooperation with SOR

Skoda attended Busworld with a 12-metre electric bus manufactured in cooperation with SOR Libchavy. This vehicle boasts plug-in charging, a kneeling function and a modern interior that is adapted for people with reduced mobility.

The new vehicles is powered via IPMSM motor and the SiC inverter. The design of the five-phase IPMSM motor has been developed to achieve maximum performance, reduce weight, and increase efficiency, all within the limited space in the vehicle chassis, Skoda states. The SiC traction converter uses advanced silicon carbide (SiC) transistor technology to provide exceptional power density.

Solaris new Urbino 18 Electric live at Busworld

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New range of Solaris Bus & Coach Urbino 18 Electric is being launched at Busworld.

“Up to 8 batteries on the roof are possible, for a maximum capacity of up to 800 kWh. And #batteries are from Europe. In the new generation, up to 52 seats are possible, 6 more than in the previous range. Up to 145 passengers can be on board”, the company states.

The Urbino 18 electric bus fulfils all safety standards, including new GSR2 and cybersecurity requirements that will enter into force in July 2024 for newly-registered vehicles.

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The design of the 18-metre bus, with its modular drive and roof-mounted batteries, has been developed as part of the “Solaris Cybersecure Connectivity” project, pursuant to agreement no. POIR.01.01.01-00-0298/22-00, which is subsidised as part of the Smart Growth 2014-2020 Regional Operational Programme, co-financed through the European Regional Development Fund.

What about hydrogen? Solaris order book contains nearly 600 ordered or delivered hydrogen buses. 140 of them already serve passengers in a dozen or so European towns and cities. Another vehicle being displayed at Busworld 2023 is our Urbino 18 hydrogen bus, powered with cutting-edge hydrogen technology. The bus was launched in 2022 and since then, it has managed to win clients in Germany and Italy.

Sono Solar Bus Kit at Busworld

Solar technology company Sono Motors will have its own booth at Busworld Europe for the first time. It will present its latest developments in solar solutions for buses. The focus will be on the Solar Bus Kit, Sono Motors’ complete and efficient solar retrofit solution for buses.

The Solar Bus Kit from Sono Motors consumes no diesel and produces no CO2 during operation. “Bus roofs offer a lot of free space for use as a solar surface; the energy thus generated enables cost- and emission-reduced operation of the electrical systems and relieves the on-board power generator (alternator)”, the company outlines.

Symbio at Busworld with the SymphonHy’s expertise

Fuel cell modules provider Symbio will be showing at Busworld its H2Motive StackPack 75, that the company defines “a compact fuel cell solution designed for performance, high efficiency, and low heat rejection. StackPack 75 covers a wide range of automotive applications, medium duty trucks and buses. Its advanced technology and versatile control strategy deliver optimized performance and durability for each application”. The French company has Michelin, Forvia and Stellantis as shareholders and has recently opened SymphonHy, one of Europe’s biggest fuel cell gigafactories, with 8 hectares, 6 600 m2 of R&D and a targeted production capacity of 50,000 fuel cell modules in 2026.

Temsa and CaetanoBus: a H2 coach in the spotlight

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CaetanoBus and Temsa have announced on 13th September that they are about to launch a jointly-developed fuel cell coach in 2024. The vehicle will be based on the battery-electric Temsa HD12, with fuel cell technology coming from CaetanoBus partner (and shareholder) Toyota.

It’s unclear wether the concept will be on stage at Busworld or not. The two brands state in the press release announcing the launch: “To delve deeper into the realm of this revolutionary hydrogen-powered coach, don’t miss the chance to visit the CaetanoBus and Temsa stands at BusWorld 2023. This premier industry event will provide an exclusive opportunity to explore firsthand the cutting-edge features and benefits of this pioneering solution, shaping the future of sustainable and comfortable coach travel”.

Van Hool – Alstom – Kiepe for Paris’ BRT

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At Busworld’s Van Hool stand it was held the reveal of the Tzen4 bus. The consortium partners Van Hool, Alstom and Kiepe Electric has developed a unique electric bus for Ile-De-France Mobilités. The Tzen4 is a battery-operated, 24 meter long double articulated bus. Contract was awarded in 2022, while the news was announced in October 2021..

Kiepe supplies the drive systems as well as the software solutions for maintenance and fleet management (KFM and SFM). Charging the Tzen4 with up to 800 kW charging power takes just a few minutes. The first deliveries will take place at the end of the year.

This solution, which will be a world première, is composed of 24-metre long, bi-articulated Van Hool electric buses, powered by Kiepe Electric’s high-power fast-charging batteries which will be charged by Alstom’s conductive ground-based static charging system (SRS). The framework contract includes a minimum of 56 vehicles

The solution from the Van Hool – Kiepe Electric – Alstom consortium is intended for the T Zen 4 and T Zen 5 high service bus lines (running on dedicated bus lanesin the south of Paris, as well as a third line in option.

VDL: the carbon-neutral factory and the 3rd Futura

VDL will present in Brussels… a factory. That’s right. In addition to a vague ‘vision of the future of touring coaches’ (the Futura is now in its third generation), the Dutch manufacturer will present features, details and strategies relating to the plant in Roeselare, Belgium, a newly completed factory characterised by the fact of being completely carbon-neutral.

Ventac: focus on making bus&coach industry… quieter

R&D experts of Ventac, leading providers and manufacturers of innovative acoustic and thermal solutions in the automotive sector, “are looking forward to showcasing their latest market-leading, range-extending battery wrap, acoustic composite panels and heat radiation solutions, that will sustainably empower companies to reshape the quieter, more comfortable future of the bus and coach industry”, a company spokeperson shared with Sustainable Bus.

And adds: “We can’t wait to have some great conversations with vehicle and battery manufacturers and are excited to show how Ventac’s expertise and advanced products and practices can enhance driver and passenger experience and reduce environmental impact”.

Ventura with new bus door concept in Brussels

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Leading bus door manufacturer Ventura Systems is going to present a brand new door system concept at Busworld Europe in Brussels. The concept aim at “introducing the next step in driver and passenger comfort”, thanks to “a new approach to door movement and sealing properties”, the Dutch group explains.

The aim of the launch is to showcase the concept to the Busworld audience and use the feedback for further development.

What is interesting, the new bus door concept by Ventura reduces the number of wearing parts compared to conventional door systems and minimises external noise. The improved sealing properties provide maximum resistance to water and dirt ingress.

Webasto: High-Voltage Heaters for e-buses

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“Whether in electric minibuses or city buses – Webasto’s High-Voltage Heaters (HVH) convert electrical energy into heat at an efficiency close to 100 percent”, the company claims. At the Busworld Europe exhibition the company is exhibiting the latest members of its HVH family that deliver 10 and 12 kilowatts (kW) of heat output respectively. These are the second generation models of the world’s first 800-volt heater to enter series production.

Together with the new CoolTop 80-e (CT 80-e) electric rooftop air-conditioner, the heating and cooling units form the basis for feel-good temperatures all year round – from the driver’s cab to the passenger cabin. In conjunction with the intelligent Cronus Smart control unit, Webasto also combines various components from its heating and air-conditioning technology portfolio to create the centrally controllable electric Thermal Management (eTM) system, which keeps both the traction batteries and the passenger cabin at the ideal operating temperature.

Yutong U18 at Busworld Europe in Brussels

Yutong will be at the fair with four models, including some interesting innovations. In particular, Yutong will present the articulated version of the U18, being the U12 the e-bus developed for the European market already presented at Busworld 2019… and never put into service. But sources close to the Chinese group say the time has now come. The U18 will take its place in the spotlight at the Brussels show alongside the U11 double-decker, headed to the British market.

Closing the circle, an extra short (the seven-metre E7) and the three-axle battery-powered coach T15E, ready to preside over a segment, that of the zero-emission coach, which is still embryonic.

ZF: CeTrax 2 in the spotlight at Busworld

The world-premiere of ZF’s latest electric mobility low-floor solution for city buses will take place in Brussels at Busworld Europe 2023. It’ll go along with the exhibition of CeTrax 2 dual electric central drive for electric buses and coaches (also on display at UITP Summit): it offers a cont. power of 380 kW, features an integrated three-speed transmission making tackling steeper slopes easier and higher cruising speeds more efficient.

ZF mentions that at Busworld it’ll be held the “World-premiere of electric portal axle”. This should refer to the presentation of the AxTrax 2, whose series production is planned to begin in Europe in late 2024 and in the U.S. in 2025, as stated by ZF at ACT Expo earlier this year. It will be offered in two variantsAxTrax 2 with one e-drive and AxTrax 2 dual with two integrated e-drives, being the latter a real news in ZF offer (and a rarity in the e-bus segment, with just Volvo Buses so far mounting on the 7900 Electric a 2-drive transmission).

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