FIRST VAN HOOL TX16 WITH ALLISON TRANSMISSION GOES TO UK
Richmond's Coaches of Hertfordshire has celebrated its 70th anniversary by acquiring three new Van Hool coaches, the first TX models fitted with Allison T 525 fully automatic transmissions to be delivered in the UK.
Matched to the DAF MX13 12.9-liter Euro 6 engine – producing 375 kW (510 hp) of power and 2500 N•m of torque – the Van Hool coach configuration features FuelSense, Allison’s latest fuel-saving technology, in its most comprehensive configuration – FuelSenseMax. Designed for easy and efficient operation, with up to six forward speeds and one reverse, the Allison Torqmatic® Series range of transmissions features advanced 5th Generation Electronic Controls for optimized operation and prognostic capabilities. An integral output retarder is also available.
The coaches will do a wide variety of work, including continental journeys. Each coach will cover an average of 60,000 kilometers (37,280 miles) annually.
More recently the company has experienced Allison-equipped buses in the six Optare Solos it runs. Three recently-acquired buses are 30-seat, 9.2-meter, Euro 6 models that operate on behalf of the Hertfordshire County Council on tendered routes.