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

News Scan for May 22, 2015

first_imgSierra Leone, Guinea report 10 more Ebola casesSierra Leone has reported three more lab-confirmed Ebola infections in two different districts, while a case detection push in Guinea’s Forecariah district—a disease hot spot over the past several weeks—has turned up seven more cases, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) reported today.The cases in Sierra Leone are new ones reported since the last World Health Organization weekly epidemiologic update on May 20, reflecting cases reported to the country’s National Ebola Response Centre between May 19 and May 21. Two infections are in Western Area Urban district, and the other is in Port Loko. One of the Western Urban Area cases prompted the quarantine of six households near Freetown.Meanwhile, the cases in Guinea were reported between May 16 and May 19, the first 4 days of a case-finding and sensitization campaign targeting Forecariah district.The cases lift the overall outbreak total to 26,971 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases in the three main outbreak countries. The number of deaths has reached 11,122, according to UNMEER.May 22 UNMEER update Qatar reports another MERS infectionFor the second day in a row, Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) reported a new MERS-CoV case, the country’s fourth this year.The patient is a 73-year-old Qatari citizen who is hospitalized with severe pneumonia, according to a translated SCH statement flagged and posted by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog. Yesterday the SCH announced a MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection in a 29-year-old foreigner who works at a camel farm.According to a case list kept by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board, the latest case lifts Qatar’s total from the virus to 15, which includes 6 deaths.Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported two deaths in previously announced case-patients. They include a 30-year-old Saudi woman from Hofuf and a 36-year-old Saudi man from Khamis Mushait. The country’s number of infections remained at 1,002, with the newly reported deaths lifting the fatality total from the disease to 436. The MOH added that 558 people have recovered from MERS, while 7 are still in treatment and 1 is in home isolation.May 22 Avian Flu Diary post May 22 Saudi MOH statement Salmonella outbreak linked to raw tuna grows to 53 casesA Salmonella outbreak apparently associated with raw tuna in sushi has increased to 53 cases in nine states, with most cases in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday. The new number is up by two cases from a day earlier.The source of contamination has not been conclusively determined, but 34 of 36 sick people who were interviewed said they had eaten sushi containing raw tuna in the week before their symptoms began, the CDC said.California has reported 31 of the 53 cases. Other states and their numbers are Arizona, 10; New Mexico, 6, and 1 each in Illinois, Mississippi, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.Illness-onset dates ranged from Mar 5 to May 3, the CDC said. Among 46 people with available information, 10 were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.The outbreak involves Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+), an unusual strain. It typically causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever starting 12 to 72 hours after exposure, the CDC said, but it doesn’t cause paratyphoid fever, enteric fever, or typhoid fever.No common brand or supplier of raw tuna linked to illnesses has been identified so far, and hence there are no specific preventive steps for restaurants, retailers, or consumers to take, the agency said.But the CDC repeated its warning that those at increased risk for complications of foodborne illness—children under age 5, seniors, pregnant women, and the immunocompromised—should not eat any raw fish or raw shellfish.May 21 CDC statement Related May 19 CIDRAP News itemlast_img read more

O’Neill unsure of Gyan’s Sunderland return

first_imgSunderland manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed that record signing Asamoah Gyan is unlikely to return to the club after his season-long loan deal runs out.The Ghanaian has two years remaining on his contract with Sunderland.According to O’Neill, Gyan, who is on loan at United Emirates side Al-Ain, seems unwilling to return to Sunderland this summer.“The situation is, I believe it was a year-long loan for a start for which they had to pay us some money of the transfer fee which we paid in the first place, and that is still in existence,” said O’Neill.“There was some talk between all parties in January that didn’t come to anything. I wasn’t party to those conversations, although I was kept informed of them.“I think it will be the end of the season before I can assess anything. There has to be a willingness on behalf of all parties as well; you wouldn’t really want somebody who is really unwilling to come back to the football club, if that’s the case. It’s unfair of me to say that because it might not be the case, but it seems to be the message that’s coming across.” Gyan, a £13million-plus from French side Rennes made a shock move to United Emirates side Al-Ain on a season-long loan deal in September.last_img read more

IN-SPIRED! KILLYBEGS CHAPEL FINALLY GETS SPIRE – 170 YEARS LATER

first_imgST MARY’S Church in Killybegs has finally got the spire its original architects wanted – 170 years later.These dramatic pictures from James McGinley today show the new spire for the chapel being put in place.The spire was fabricated by Henry McGinley & Sons Ltd, Milford for maincontractor McCann Brothers, Omagh. It is a 57-foot high fabricated steel frame which will be clad in timber and slated.Said James: “The steel structure sits on top of a 120foot stone built tower built in the 1850’s.“It is part of the €2.6 million restoration project, this was all part of the original plans of the church in the 1850s but they ran out of money.”First Communions and a number of weddings will be held in the church during the month of May and Bishop Boyce will perform the re-dedication of the building on Friday, June 1 at 7pm.  IN-SPIRED! KILLYBEGS CHAPEL FINALLY GETS SPIRE – 170 YEARS LATER was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IN-SPIRED! KILLYBEGS CHAPEL FINALLY GETS SPIRE – 170 YEARS LATERlast_img read more