IVECO BUSES FOR EXPO 2017 HOST CITY ASTANA
Iveco Bus has completed the first delivery in a supply of 210 Urbanway and Urbanway Hybrid buses to the city of Astana, Kazakhstan. This order follows the 2014 appointment of the company as Official Supplier for Expo 2017 and the subsequent delivery of Citelis buses, which are currently operating throughout the city’s public transport system.
The delivery took place during an official ceremony held recently in Kostanay, Kazakhstan in the presence of Mr. Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, The 210 Urbanway buses will join 358 Iveco Bus Citelis Euro V buses already operating in the city’s fleet. They will begin operation by providing efficient and sustainable mobility during Expo 2017, which will run in Astana from June to September 2017, and will then serve the city’s public transit system for years to come. The completion of this contracted delivery will position Iveco Bus as the segment leader in the Kazak market with a total of 570 buses operating in Astana.
The Urbanway Hybrid buses use up to 30% less fuel than conventional buses. They reduce CO2 emissions by 33% and nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 40% compared to diesel buses. This means 25 tons less CO2 every year for a standard bus and 37 tons for an articulated bus – that’s more than twice the tare weight of each vehicle.
The Urbanway Hybrid buses combine an electric traction system with a Euro VI internal combustion engine and a latest-generation lithium-ion battery pack. A smart power management system optimizes fuel consumption and emissions during movement, while excess braking energy is preserved in a storage system. The benefits of these buses include the “Arrive & Go” function that allows for 100% electric operation when approaching and leaving bus stops. It also 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.
Iveco Bus’s hybrid technology has proved to be extremely successful, it has been adopted by cities such as Madrid, Milan and Paris for their public transport systems. The Urbanway buses are the first from Iveco Bus to feature its breakthrough HI-SCR Euro VI technology, which does not use Exhaust Gas Recirculation, maintaining the vehicles’ excellent fuel efficiency. This low-floor city bus integrates the new Iveco Tector 7 and Iveco Cursor 9 engines on a fully redesigned structure that combines superior resistance and weight reduction.
The 210 Urbanway buses for the city of Astana are manufactured at the plant in Annonay, France, while the final assembly is carried out locally in Kostanay at facilities belonging to Iveco Bus’s partner and distributor SaryarkaAutoProm (SAP).