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

Watch 95-Year-old Air Force Veteran Show Little Boy How to Be Brave on the Diving Board

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a young boy was too scared to get on the diving board at a local pool, Michael Bliss was the man to prove him wrong.The 95-year-old Air Force veteran was determined to jump off the diving board as a means of showing a neighborhood youngster that there was nothing to be afraid of.So with cane in hand and family members gently helping him along, Bliss stepped up to the plate. While it seems that he may have given his folks a heart attack by almost losing his balance on the board, the senior finally managed to take the plunge – and he did it by performing one of the most impressive half-belly flops ever executed by someone in their golden years.WATCH: Sorority Grants World War II Veteran’s Final Wish to Dance with a Beautiful WomanBliss’s daughter, Christine Ross, reassured USA Today by saying: “He is very spry for his age – he’s 95 soon to be 96-years-old and is both a WWII and Korean War veteran in the U.S. Air Force. He is full of amazing stories and has song for every situation.”After hearing about his video being shared online Bliss reportedly told his grandson that he now “wants to be seen around the world”.(WATCH the video below)Help Your Friends Dive Into The Good News By Sharing This Sweet Story – Photo by MilitarykindAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

£500,000 Parks Funding In Full Swing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Council has £500,000 of funding available to make parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer more accessible, but we need to hear from you!They want to know which Parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer you think this money should be spent on.The Council funding has been made available to make parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer more accessible to all members of our community, particularly for children and young people with a disability. We want to hear the views of children, young people, parents and carers. We are keen to work in partnership with organisations that represent children, young people, parents and carers who have a disability, or community groups who are already working to improve parks in these areas.Your feedback will influence how and where the money is spent. Have your say here Paper copies of the consultation are also available from Customer Services Centres. The consultation closes on Monday 17 July.Chairman of the Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson said;“It is vital we provide accessible and modern play areas for the children of the region. This money will be spent on upgrading parks in 3 of our main towns in the region, but we need your input to tell us where you’d like the money allocated to. We have some beautiful parks throughout Dumfries and Galloway, and this funding will allow us to improve and replace equipment to make the play parks accessible, compliant and fun for children. Please take 2 minutes to complete the survey online, or pop into one of our facilities to pick up a hard copy.”last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 chief Mori to step down as JRFU president

first_imgYoshiro Mori, who recently revealed he has had surgery to treat lung cancer, said Monday he is considering resigning as president of the Japan Rugby Football Union but still intends to retain his post as chief of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee.“I’ve been thinking for a while that I will have to quit sometime. I want to slow down the pace,” said the 77-year-old Mori, who has served five terms as head of the JRFU since 2005. RELATED PHOTOS Mori, who took the helm of the organizing committee in January 2014, had an operation to remove cancer in his left lung on March 23.The former prime minister, who has spawned criticism over the years for many gaffes despite his strong political and business connections, admitted to burning the candle at both ends.“In reality it isn’t good that I assume responsibility for both the Olympics and the (2019) Rugby World Cup (in Japan),” said Mori. “Also, I shouldn’t be pushing myself too much physically.”Mori, who has not mentioned a successor, said he had conveyed his intention of resigning to the JRFU at the end of last year.Tadashi Okamura, 76, a former president of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and finance chairman of the 2019 Rugby World Cup organization’s committee, is a candidate to succeed Mori.“(The new president) will be a person who from the standpoint of organizing a World Cup is well versed in a wide area, including politics, business, bureaucracy and sports,” said Mori. Tokyo 2020, Yoshiro Mori, Rugby World Cup, JRFU IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Yoshiro Mori | KYODOlast_img read more

Hughes backs Bertrand to show his quality against Chelsea

first_imgSee also:Sarri irritated by Chelsea’s poor defendingChelsea v Vidi player ratingsSarri to assess Loftus-Cheek ahead of Southampton gameLoftus-Cheek says ‘it’s good to be back’ for ChelseaHodgson still keen to take Loftus-Cheek back to PalaceHughes: Time will tell how great Hazard isFabregas keen to sign new Chelsea contractSarri confident Chelsea will avoid Europa League hangover at SouthamptonSouthampton boss Hughes recalls Chelsea capitulation England boss Southgate opted to take Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Manchester United’s Ashley Young to Russia ahead of him, while Luke Shaw has since returned to favour.Hughes admits Bertrand’s failure to make the squad for the tournament was a blow for the player but feels he has swiftly put the setback behind him.“Ryan’s just getting on with the business of working hard for us,” added Hughes.“He was disappointed missing out on the World Cup, that was a big aim of his, but it’s not something he’s dwelling on. I think he’s moved on very, very quickly.“I’ve no doubt that he’s very much still in the frame. But at the moment it seems like Gareth wants to promote younger players, and you can understand that, he’s been successful, had a great World Cup.“If Ryan plays well – like any other player – you would expect him to still be in the thinking of the national team manager.“He’s not closed the door on it himself, he just has to play well for us.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Mark Hughes has backed Ryan Bertrand to prove his quality against former club Chelsea as he attempts to force his way back into England contention.Southampton defender Bertrand, who was left out of his country’s World Cup squad in the summer, was once again overlooked by national team boss Gareth Southgate for the forthcoming Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.The 29-year-old faces a stern test at club level ahead of the international break with Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten Blues due at St Mary’s on Sunday.AdChoices广告Bertrand spent a decade at Stamford Bridge, lifting the Champions League trophy in 2012, before being allowed to move to the south coast two years later.He is expected to overcome a minor injury to play against the in-form west London club and Saints manager Hughes has urged him to relish the challenge.“At the moment it doesn’t seem like he’s too close to position in the England squad so he will just keep working hard and hopefully his performances will do the talking for him,” said Hughes.“It’s about testing yourself against the best that’s out there and Chelsea come within that area.“He’s going to be up against quality players who will test him, like they will test every area of our game.“He’s a good player, he’s got a history with Chelsea as well, he’s won the Champions League with them.“It’s always that way when you face an old club of yours, you always have that little extra incentive to do well, to prove to people that you are still around and I’m sure Ryan will take that opportunity.”Left-back Bertrand won the most recent of his 19 international caps in November last year.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Red Sox veteran Steve Pearce wins 2018 World Series MVP

first_imgPearce set the tone early in the Red Sox’s series-clinching win. He blasted a two-run homer to center field in the top of the first inning to give Boston a lead it did not relinquish.Steve. Pearce.He’s done it again. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/OYq9aMbzLn— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018Pearce added a solo home run in the top of the eighth. He knocked in three of his team’s five runs in the game.  Related News Steve Pearce is the 2018 World Series MVP.The 35-year-old first baseman drove in seven runs in the final two games of the Red Sox’s 4-1 series win over the Dodgers. He also went 4 for 8 with three home runs and four runs scored in Boston’s victories in Games 4 and 5. World Series 2018: Chris Sale delivers fiery speech in Game 4 to spark Red Sox rallycenter_img HEAT CHECK. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/Lfku6Rx9I5— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018The Red Sox acquired Pearce from the Blue Jays in exchange for a minor leaguer in late June. He registered a .279/.394/.507 slash line in 50 regular-season games with Boston. He also hit seven home runs and registered 26 RBIs. The journeyman has played for seven teams over his 12-year MLB career. World Series 2018: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts booed before Game 5last_img read more