BYD-ADL partnership scores in London with another order

first_imgJust weeks after the inauguration of Europe’s biggest electric bus fleet, Transport for London contracted operator Go-Ahead has selected the BYD-ADL (Alexander Dennis Ltd) partnership to supply a fleet of 14 10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200 EV buses to operate its 360 route.The buses will be based at Go-Ahead’s Camberwell garage where BYD will install 14 of its own design charging postsThis is the first order BYD-ADL has won for the new 10.8m model.The buses will be based at Go-Ahead’s Camberwell garage where BYD will install 14 of its own design charging posts.Route 360 passes through some of the UK capital’s most prestigious areas, connecting South Kensington with Chelsea, Sloane Square and Vauxhall before terminating at the Elephant and Castle.Says Go-Ahead Group Engineering Director Richard Harrington: “The experience gained in electrifying routes 521 and 507 out of Waterloo was pivotal in deciding who to work with on route 360.“Having the confidence that the product can operate on London’s streets and is capable of running a whole day without the need to recharge put this product to the front of what is becoming a very competitive market.”Announcing the new order, for which BYD is prime contractor, BYD’s UK Country Manager Frank Thorpe says: “This underlines the strength of our joint offer and we again look forward to working with Go-Ahead London on this exciting project. We anticipate delivering the vehicles in the second half of 2017″.Robert Davey, ADL’s Group Commercial and Business Development Director, adds: “Along with our recent order from Merseyside this latest order illustrates the attractiveness of the BYD ADL Enviro200EV from an operational and passenger perspective, not to mention the benefits it provides to pedestrians and city dwellers with zero emissions.“The stylish British-built ADL bodywork mounted on BYD’s well proven chassis, and underpinned by the best aftermarket support in the business is truly a winning combination.”last_img read more

Hybrid is here for coaches as i4H makes its debut

first_imgAlternative power has arrived in the coach sector with the Irizar i4H integral. It has a hybrid propulsion package; the dealership’s priority now is to gain in-service experience of the Cummins/Fuller drivelineIn the correct application, the i4H integral can deliver 20% fuel savingsIrizar UK is the first dealership to bring a hybrid coach to the UK market, in the form of a parallel-configured, Cummins-engined i4H integral.The demonstrator has arrived already and the next step will be in-service trials to gain real-world experience of the applications that it suits best.A combined fleet of 30 i4H integrals and i3H integral buses on interurban work in Madrid have shown that a fuel saving of more than 20% over a comparable diesel is possible under some circumstances.“The hybrid needs varied driving conditions to deliver its best; if it is constantly used on the motorway there will be little benefit to fuel consumption,” says Irizar UK Business Development Director Julie Hartley.Instead, the i4H integral is tilted more towards work that involves some urban running.The demonstrator will enter service with Travel de Courcey on a corporate contract as part of the knowledge-gathering exercise, and Irizar UK already reports interest from other parties.“We will trial the coach with a variety of operators to get feedback on where it sits within the operational sphere,” adds Mrs Hartley. “But we believe that there is definitely a market for a hybrid. The more we see of it, the more excited we are to be the first to bring such a coach to the UK.”Weight the sameIn packaging the driveline, Irizar has maintained an unladen weight equal to that of a comparable diesel, and the hybrid package – including batteries – is contained entirely within the engine bay.“The i4H integral has the same ‘envelope’ as a diesel, extending to luggage capacity and saloon layout,” says Mrs Hartley. Irizar UK has specified the high-floor, sunken-gangway demonstrator with 57 i6 seats, making it suited to commuter work and longer-distance duties.Its nearside centre door includes a step-mounted wheelchair lift; a removable platform on which two seat pairs are mounted is opposite, and a wheelchair user would travel there.The dealership will also be able to supply a mid-floor i4H where the seat plinth is lowered to sit flush with the aisle. That gives rise to the possibility of 70 seats, and Mrs Hartley does not rule out a lower-floored example if demand dictates.“Anything that we can do with a diesel i4 integral, we can do with the i4H,” she says. The model can be PSVAR-certified if required, making it suitable for use on local services.i4H integral demonstrator will enter service with Travel de Courcey soonUnder the bonnetWhere the i4H differs from other Irizar integrals is under the bonnet. It is the first for the UK to have a Cummins engine, with a 6.7-litre ISB6.7 developing 300bhp coupled to a Fuller hybrid package that includes a six-speed automated gearbox and a 100bhp electric motor.A visual comparison of the hybrid and diesel integral rear modules shows that they are completely different.The hybrid has a large black box to the left of the engine that houses the lithium-ion batteries, and its radiator is longer; cooling fans are electrically-powered, rather than hydraulic. Irizar is also at pains to point out that the hybrid package is very simple.While the i4H does not yet have zero-emission capability, Irizar continues to develop the hybrid driveline, including the addition of higher-powered versions. Currently, the most that the i4H can deliver is 350bhp, and not the theoretical maximum 400bhp of its engine and motor combination.How does it work?Optimum fuel efficiency is delivered by using a mix of diesel and electric power. From stationary the i4H uses the electric motor. The engine engages as speed rises, although it runs whenever the coach is moving even if at idle. It switches off when the handbrake is applied.At higher road speeds, power from both sources is ‘blended’, and when slowing or descending hills the engine is disengaged to permit maximum regeneration.“The i4H is designed without any fundamental changes to the existing model and that is one of its principal attractions,” says Mrs Hartley.“It was a joint decision by Irizar and ourselves to make the UK the second country to get the hybrid coach, which is an indication of the potential that we see for it here.” That potential does not end there, and Irizar UK has confirmed that it will also be importing the i3H hybrid bus.last_img read more

Stagecoach links community with range of events

first_imgStagecoach Manchester has been working with local charities and community centres to connect members of the community as part of its Bringing People Together campaign.The operator launched a four-week campaign which included a series of indoor events to support retirees living in Greater Manchester, helping them to attend community get-togethers and meet with friends using the city’s transport links.Stagecoach worked with four local community centres to host a range of events, such as indoor curling and exercise classes. Each session gave attendees the chance to enjoy an activity that they may not usually take part in and meet new friends.Elisabeth Tasker, MD for Stagecoach Manchester, says: “As one of the region’s biggest transport providers, we have a huge role to play in bringing people together and connecting them with the services they want and need.“It is clear community centres are the linchpins of the local areas they serve in many cases, and in the last four weeks, we’ve seen first-hand just how important events to get people out of the house are.“Whether you know someone who could benefit from getting out and about, or you yourself could do with a cuppa and someone to talk to – there are community groups and regular events across the region that can help.”last_img read more

Harris: New coach models arriving here very soon

first_imgHarris Auto has announced that the first 12m Higer integral coach will arrive at its Dublin base in July and that a battery-electric 33/35-seat midicoach from the Chinese manufacturer with a promised range of 300km is also imminent.Both developments come as Harris, which has a sales and support presence in the UK, says it is “stepping up operations” in its coach and bus division.Its work with Anadolu Isuzu on the AOS-branded Visigo rear-engined midicoach (pictured) is also about to bear fruit. The first production models arrive in Ireland this month. They will be to touring specification with 33 or 37 seats and include models with a rear floor-level toilet.“A number of operators have shown strong interest and deliveries of the first vehicles will be announced shortly,” says Sales Manager Chris Haughton.A further newcomer will be an Iveco Daily-based midicoach called the Crusader. Built in Turkey, the Crusader will seat 33 and have what Harris describes as “a highly-specified interior.”Harris is also working to advance the specification of the Higer Super 9 rear-engined midicoach, which shares a driveline of the Cummins ISB6.7 engine and ZF EcoLife gearbox with the Visigo.last_img read more

Supreme Court upholds Indiana abortion law on fetal remains

first_img Pinterest Google+ Activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, as the justices close out the term with decisions on abortion, guns, and public corruption are expected. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains. But the justices are staying out of the debate over a broader provision that would prevent a woman in Indiana from having an abortion based on gender, race or disability.The court is splitting 7-2 in allowing Indiana to enforce the fetal remains measure that had been blocked by a federal appeals court. The justices say in an unsigned opinion that the case does not involve limits on a woman’s right to an abortion.Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. IndianaNews Supreme Court upholds Indiana abortion law on fetal remains By Associated Press – May 28, 2019 0 280 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Twitter Previous articleKosciusko County’s NET 43 arrests two, discovers large amounts of cash & drugsNext articleKayak believed to belong to missing man found near New Buffalo Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

Triple the Funds for Mayor Pete in Latest Quarter

first_img Pinterest The fundraising quarter ended just a few hours ago, and we’ve been poring over the results. Here’s what we found: Over 400,000 people have invested in this campaign, and in this quarter alone, Pete for America raised approximately $24,800,000.We officially launched our campaign just a couple of months ago, and since then, time and time again, Pete has proved why he is a top-tier candidate for the nomination. From town halls on MSNBC, CNN, and FOX News to last week’s debate, he’s shown the country what I’ve known for a long time: Pete is the best person to bring a new generation of leadership to Washington.This fundraising report shows that Pete’s message is resonating with Americans, and it’s proof that we are building an organization that can compete.I hope it makes you proud to be a member of the Pete for America community — I certainly am.From all of us here at Pete for America, thank you. Thank you for the support you’ve shown our campaign, thank you for your belief in Pete’s vision for this country, and thank you for being a part of this community. You’ve inspired us every step of the way, and we literally could not have done it without you.We had an amazing quarter, but our work is far from over. The rest of the campaign starts today.Thanks,Mike Mike SchmuhlCampaign ManagerPete for America Triple the Funds for Mayor Pete in Latest Quarter Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks speaks during a FOX News Channel town hall, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Claremont, N.H. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) News from Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign early this morning, with the end of the fundraising quarter he sent an email to followers detailing the nearly $25 million he has raised so far. The email says that comes from more than 400,000 donors. That’s more than triple the amount they had at the end of the first quarter.The email from his campaign manager says “This fundraising report shows Pete’s message is resonating” and that “its proof we are building an organization that can compete.”The Email is Below: Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleMore improvements to set begin on Western Avenue in South BendNext articleFatal LaPorte County crash Carl Stutsmancenter_img IndianaLocalNational Google+ By Carl Stutsman – July 1, 2019 1 296 Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

New Mexico coach Bob Davie said he will be back eventually

first_img New Mexico coach Bob Davie said he will be back eventually New Mexico coach Bob Davie talks with an assistant during an NCAA college football game against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico coach Bob Davie, who will miss the Lobos’ trip to South Bend to face No. 7 Notre Dame because of an undisclosed health issue, said Tuesday he will eventually be back on the sidelines for the team, though it’s not clear when.Davie has turned the reins of the team over to offensive line coach Saga Tuitele and he said he will leave the game planning for Saturday’s matchup in the hands of his coaching staff. He said he’ll be back when he’s ready.“I’m smart enough to know when I’m right and when I’m not,” Davie said. “So I’m not going to go charging back down that hill right away until I’m 100%. I’m going to take this slow and I’m going to do this right.”Davie was taken to the hospital after having what he described as a “serious medical situation” that came on unexpectedly during New Mexico’s season-opening win over Sam Houston State on Aug. 31. “I’m not being too dramatic by saying they saved my life and my family will forever be appreciative,” he said.While he wouldn’t elaborate on the health issue, Davie said he expects to make a full recovery. “There was no permanent damage,” he said. “The immediate situation was very serious but, hopefully, as I said, there’s no permanent damage and I will be able to go on to live a nice, healthy life.”Davie said he was disappointed to be missing the trip to Notre Dame, where he was the head coach from 1997 to 2001. Still, he is glad the players are getting a chance to face the Irish.“Four years ago, whenever we kind of entertained the idea with this game with Notre Dame, obviously, this isn’t the script we envisioned,” he said. “This isn’t about me, this is about the players and the coaches. To have the chance to watch the game on television, to watch our guys play, I’m excited to see it.”Davie is in his eighth season leading New Mexico, where he is 34-54. He compiled a 35-25 record during his time at Notre Dame. By Associated Press – September 14, 2019 0 336 WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSports Previous articleWhitmer on vetoing Republican budget bills: ‘We’ll see’Next articleCouple accused of ditching adopted girl in Lafayette, moving to Canada Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Trooper credited with possibly saving man’s life after crash in Cass County Indiana

first_img WhatsApp Trooper credited with possibly saving man’s life after crash in Cass County Indiana (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) An Indiana State Police Trooper is credited with saving the life of a man whose leg was severed in a crash in Cass County, Indiana.The collision happened around 6:50 a.m. on Saturday on Cass County Road 825 West near Cass County Road 250 North.A 19-year-old Burnettsville man was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo southbound on County Road 825 West near County Road 250 North when the Chevy traveled off the road, into a wooded area, and hit several trees, according to the preliminary investigation.The driver was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with possible broken bones and internal injuries.A 21-year-old man from Royal Center who was riding in the car was ejected.His left leg was severed below the knee. Indiana State Police Trooper Chris Miller applied a tourniquet to the leg to stop blood loss from the injury and possibly saved the man’s life.The passenger was also airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital.The injured men had been at a campfire prior to the crash. When they did not return to the campfire as expected, a group of friends went looking for them. The friends found the crashed vehicle and injured men and called 911.Neither the driver or the passenger were wearing seat belts, according to police. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – September 22, 2019 0 285 Google+ Google+ Twitter IndianaNews Previous articleNo. 3 Georgia holds off No. 7 Notre DameNext articleGoshen man, 19, arrested on DUI-related charges after crash into deer Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Germany demands population policy

first_imgAccording to one EU diplomat, the presidency is keen to view Europe’s ageing population as an economic opportunity. One of the discussions next week will focus on the concept of a ‘silver economy’, or the generation of markets catering to the elderly. Such markets, said the diplomat, could help to further the aims of the Lisbon Strategy, the plan for economic growth and development launched in 2000. Discussions will move on to falling birth rates at a meeting of EU leaders on 8-9 March, where the presidency will try to secure political commitment to an ‘alliance for sustainable family policy’. According to figures released by EU statistics agency Eurostat last year, Europe’s population will have fallen by around 1.5%, or 7 million people, by 2050.Overall, the presidency wants to create a wider forum for debate on demographics, said the diplomat. Germany is also keen to extend discussions to future presidencies, notably Portugal, Slovenia, France, the Czech Republic and Sweden.last_img read more

A eurosceptic’s wisdom?

first_imgAn anti-EU ex-policeman suspected of the classic EU crime.A case of being Wise after the event, perhaps? On 20 June, police in England arrested a man on suspicion of “obtaining money by deception by way of transfer”. Two properties were also searched before the man was released on police bail, pending further investigation. The man was Tom Wise, 60, an MEP, who is suspected of having claimed an allowance for a researcher but keeping most of the money for himself. Wise is still a member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) but has parted company with the Independence and Democracy (ID) group in the Parliament. Wise, a former policeman, was clearly not cowed by spending a day in the company of the police. On Monday (23 June) he posted a series of allegations against the ID group on his website.last_img read more