Iveco to deliver 140 articulated hybrid buses for Brussels
French-Italian truck and bus builder Iveco has been chosen by the Brussels bus and tram company STIB/MIVB to deliver 141 articulated hybrid buses, starting by May 2019. A contract worth some 90 million euro and the last part of five orders of hybrid and full electric buses totaling 288 vehicles.
Iveco catches the big fish under the nose of Solaris and Volvo, who competed in the public tender. Belgian bus builder Van Hool eventually wanted to compete too, but pulled out on the way.
Electric and diesel combined
The Iveco buses combine an electric powered drivetrain with a Euro 6 diesel engine that can assist when needed. This way there is less need for heavy batteries and sufficient range is ensured. STIB/MIVB earlier ordered 110 standard hybrid buses, 7 full electric midi-buses plus 5 standard and 25 buses with pantograph.
The electric midi-buses meanwhile are put into service beginning of June as a test on the full electric line 33 in the city centre. The first 95 hybrid buses will be delivered by the end of this year together with the five full electric standard buses. The rest is expected during 2019.