Van Hool will use Busworld Europe for world premieres of three new vehicle models among a total of 18 vehicles on display. The new EX11, the fourth model in the EX-range offers a well-equipped vehicle in the 11m class and includes L and H variants, with low or standard boarding height. The new model takes the number of variants in the EX-range to ten.
The Belgian manufacturer will also unveil its Exqui.City Fuel Cell which has been developed for the French city Pau which has placed an order for eight of the hydrogen-powered articulated tram-buses.
The driveline converts hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy through reverse electrolysis. Electricity is used to power the vehicle while excess, unused energy is stored in lithium batteries for additional power when needed, for example when pulling away from a stop. The only release from this zero emission vehicle is water vapour.
The Exqui.City18 FC Pau design has a capacity of 125 passengers. The vehicle can be fully refuelled in 10 minutes, and has a range of approximately 300km.
The third premiere is the CX45E, a full electric coach for the US market. Van Hool is working with Proterra, the American producer of battery technology for heavy vehicles, to supply the E2 battery technology. The 100 per cent electric coach will have a total battery capacity of 648kWh and a range of approximately 300km. Van Hool says it will be an ideal solution for many customers operating fixed routes, particularly in urban and private environments. With route modelling capability, Van Hool and ABC Companies, the exclusive partner and distributor for the North-American market, say they can ensure range capacity that meets operator’s individual needs.
Van Hool has been working with its exclusive partner and distributor ABC Bus Companies, Inc for more than 30 years, and today, there are more than 11,000 Van Hool coaches and buses in North America.
“Our company has been a welcome guest at Busworld since 1971, and we always enjoy going back,” says Filip Van Hool, CEO, Van Hool. “This event is an excellent opportunity to introduce our innovations to existing and potential customers, and to get a feel for what is going on in the marketplace. Our booth in the familiar halls of Kortrijk Expo was always like a second home during the exhibition, so it does feel like a chapter that’s closing. I have confidence in the organisers’ decision to move Busworld Europe to a new location, and no doubt this will bring many new opportunities.”