Optare wins major Dutch order

Optare wins major Dutch order Optare wins major Dutch order
Optare has won a €3million (£2,5million) order for 25 Optare Solos from a leading Netherlands operator. Syntus, which runs a network of integrated bus and rail services in the east of the country, will be operating the Solos in the largely rural area of Veluwe, which lies between Apeldoorn and Arnhem.

The buses will be 8.1m 24-seaters, with a total capacity of 39. Syntus has opted for the Mercedes-Benz OM904LA Euro 5 engine rated at 127bhp and driving through an Allison 2100 Series gearbox with lockup torque converter in gears 3, 4 and 5 for improved fuel efficiency.

Glenn Saint, Optare’s commercial director, says: “The Syntus order represents our largest ever export order as Optare plc and is particularly significant since it involves the supply of buses into one of the most sophisticated public transport markets in the world. Though now in its second decade, the Optare Solo remains at the forefront of bus design when compared to the products of many other European makers, offering outstanding passenger accessibility and low operating costs.”


Photo: Glenn Saint, Optare commercial director.