EIGHTY IVECO NATURAL GAS BUSES FOR NANTES MUNICIPALITY
A large order for 80 articulated Iveco Urbanway buses powered by natural gas engine has been placed by the City of Nantes and Semitan, short for Société d’économie mixte des transports de l’agglomération nantaise, the semi-public company for public transport in Nantes.
The vehicles have a total capacity for 109 passengers and are fitted with 32 seats, two wheelchair spaces, driver air conditioning, reinforced driver seat for improved safety and ergonomics, four large flat screen displays for passenger information, higher silencer position to protect pedestrians and cyclists from heat emitted from the vehicle, and optimised fuel consumption system. The Iveco Cursor 8 330 hp natural gas engine, produced in the factory in Bourbon-Lancy, in the Saône-et-Loire region, is 100% compatible with biomethane. This type of engine is already well known in Nantes, as it has been used on earlier environmentally-friendly vehicle versions and is still running on a number of buses currently operating on the network. The benefits of this Iveco Bus natural gas engine are particularly evident when compared to a Euro VI diesel engine: NOx -35%, fine particulate matter -95%, CO2 up to -10%, noise emissions -50%. The first Urbanway CNG will be delivered at the end of the year, with the 79 additional units to be rolled out progressively until the end of August 2017.