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Iveco supplies 210 hybrid buses for Expo 2017 in Astana

Iveco Bus begins delivery of 210 Urbanway Euro VI and Hybrid buses to Astana in Kazakhstan, where they will join 358 Citelis buses already serving the city

Iveco Urbanway Euro VI and Hybrid buses delivered to the city of Astana for the Expo 2017 being held in the city.
Iveco Urbanway Euro VI and Hybrid buses delivered to the city of Astana for the Expo 2017 being held in the city.

Iveco Bus has completed the first in a series of deliveries of a total of 210 Urbanway and Urbanway Hybrid buses to the city of Astana, Kazakhstan, where it is the official supplier for Expo 2017.

Measuring 12m and 18m in length, the 210 Urbanway Euro VI and Hybrid buses, will join 358 Iveco Bus Citelis Euro V buses already operating as part of the city’s public transport system, making up a total fleet of 568 buses.

Sylvain Blaise, head of Iveco Bus, commented: “This second agreement for the supply of Iveco Bus vehicles to the city of Astana demonstrates our ability to meet the requirement of cities to reduce urban pollution, a key concern for public authorities around the world.

“Iveco Bus proves that it is the ideal partner for cities that are aiming to develop a modern, efficient public transport system that respects the environment and the health of their inhabitants.”

The Urbanway Hybrid buses in particular use up to 30% less fuel than conventional buses, and also reduce CO2 emissions by 33% and nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels by 40% compared to diesel buses.

This means 25 tonnes less CO2 every year for a standard bus and 37 tonnes for an articulated bus, which is more than twice the tare weight of each vehicle in carbon.

The hybrid buses combine an electric traction system lithium-ion battery pack with a Euro VI internal combustion engine and a smart power management system that optimises fuel consumption and emissions during movement, while also recovering braking energy.

The benefits of these hybrid buses include an ‘arrive and go’ function that allows for 100% electric operation when approaching and leaving bus stops.

It temporarily disables the generator, eliminating vibration and reducing noise levels by more than 50%. The result is a completely silent and emissions-free approach and departure from bus stops.

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