03 Nov 2017


Mellow’s brand new showpiece is an electrically powered and on a Fiat Ducato chassis based minibus for public transport. This Mellor electric minibus is called Orion E. According to the manufacturer, it is the first fully electric minibus with low floor. It offers space for sixteen seats but is flexible enough to fit four wheelchairs as well.

This flexible layout is possible because the Orion E runs on front wheel drive. The engine delivers 2,500 Nm at maximum torque. Mellor has been developing this bus for two years in cooperation with the Dutch Emoss. According to Mellor, the action radius is 100 miles, or 170 kilometres on one battery charge. Charging the lithium-ion battery takes only about 100 minutes. Mellor expects a battery life of at least between five and seven years. The first deliveries will take place by the end of this year already.

Mellor employs 74 people. The Mellor production line has the capacity to deliver six vehicles per week. The Orion is also available as ordinary diesel version. It is estimated that there are still between 1,500 and 2,000 Mellors driving around in the UK. They also provide the Tucana II model, based on the Volkswagen Transport T6, which also has room for sixteen seats. In its objective of gaining ground on the European continent, they have been concluding dealerships with BK Invest for the Scandinavian market, E-Vade in Germany and the Dutch E-Bus for the Benelux region (the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg). Mellor can be found at Busworld in hall 9, stand 919A.

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