STIB/MIVB gets new Iveco hybrid buses
On Thursday, the Brussels public transport company, STIB/MIVB, received its first new hybrid articulated bus from manufacturer Iveco. The vehicle will undergo a series of tests on the capital’s network before being put into service in May. 75 buses will be delivered before the end of August, while the 66 orders left will be completed in early 2020.
In June last year, STIB/MIVB management has chosen Iveco as their new partner for the expanding fleet of green vehicles. The company ordered 141 Iveco Urbanway Hybrid articulated buses for a total cost of 74,4 million euro, to which an estimated 17 million euro have to be added for the 5-year service contract.
The Iveco Urbanway Hybrid is powered by a 120 kW induction electric motor fed by a battery and a 6,7-litre Euro 6 Update C diesel engine acting as a generator. If the battery has more than 35% of charge, the bus can drive on pure electricity under 19 km/hour.
STIB/MIVB and Iveco have signed a five-year agreement contract that takes into account the development, construction, delivery and commissioning of the 141 strong fleet, and their maintenance.
With 103 places inside each bus, the 141-strong fleet of STIB/MIVB hybrid buses will increase the public transport’s capacity by about 32% in 2020. Currently, the STIB/MIVB fleet counts around 700 buses, 110 of which are hybrid and seven fully electric.
In addition to the 75 Iveco hybrid buses to be delivered this summer, 25 electric articulated buses should also arrive in the company’s garage in the spring.
450 euro for a used bus
While Brussels is getting new buses, Flanders is trying to sell its old fleet. Through the auction company Moyersoen, De Lijn is selling thirty passenger buses starting on February 11.
These vehicles have been in service for fourteen years and have driven more than half a million kilometres. The starting bid is set at 450 euro. The company indicates that buyers will have to get rid of any sort of logo if they want to drive the bus on the public highway.