12 Oct 2019


Hall2, booth 205

Mellor is launching a new product at Busworld 2019: 'The Pico’, designed explicitly for the demand responsive market. Mellor states in its press release that the benefits of elegant access, coupled with a passenger space honed to suit the needs of today’s travellers are an important part of the success of DRT projects (Demand Responsive Transit).

Pico is a low floor eight-passenger micro-bus built to meet the demands of emerging route planning technology. The Pico is a well-established partnership created between the Fiat Ducato and Mellor's low-floor chassis technology that creates a flat floor throughout the bus. Pico's design was developed on the principle of evolving technology; it has many components in common with the Mellor Orion and Tucana buses, and is available in both diesel and electric drive formats. Pico passengers can expect single step entry from a sliding electric door, integrated ramp access, a feeling of space, simple wheelchair security and configurable seating plans. Pico's look and feel is designed to harmonise high-end MPVs with a taxi-bus that has all the expected refinements including Wi-Fi, USB charging and destination AV systems.

At the basis of The Pico lies a qualitative research exercise with data gathered from engagements with public transit authorities, taxi and private hire business and social enterprises. John Randerson, Mellor’s managing director, said: "Particularly in the DRT sector, it is our view that standard minibuses create access issues for some, for others, they create a containerising experience that falls short of the passenger experience that Mellor aspires to offer.”

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