World first: Van Hool reveals 100% electric trambus

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Electric trambus to be unveiled during Paris “Transports Publics” trade show (14 June 2016).

Member company Van Hool, which manufactures buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, will present Exqui.City, its first fully electric trambus, during “Transports Publics 2016”, the international Paris public transport show. The brand new vehicle is 18.61 metres long, can carry 107 passengers and has a range of 120 km.

Since the presentation of the basic concept for this vehicle in Dubai in 2011, 109 trambuses with a length of 18 metres (articulated) up to 24 metres (double-articulated) have already been delivered to eight cities, namely Metz (F), Parma (I), Barcelona (E), Geneva (CH), Malmö (S), Bergen (N), Martinique (F) and Luxembourg. A further 50 trambuses are currently being produced at Van Hool’s plant in Koningshooikt for the cities of Linz (A) and Belfast (UK) and the finishing touches are applied to the 2 trambuses for Hamburg (D). The so-called trambuses combine the flexibility of a bus with the efficiency of a tram because they fully or mainly travel on their own track. The new trambuses have a timeless futuristic design and a high level of comfort with air conditioning, a low sound level and soft interior lighting.

Jan Van Hool, Director of Design & Development at Van Hool nv, is particularly enthusiastic about the technological advances and commercial results of this concept. “The multi-propulsion platform that Van Hool has developed is now really coming into its own. The different types of drive offer the public transport companies concerned ample opportunity to make economically and ecologically sound choices for modern, contemporary public transport. The fact that various cities from various European countries are opting for this solution gives us the confidence that even more applications will follow. ‘High-Tech from Belgium’ is another strong argument for both the concept and the Koningshooikt site. At Transport Publics 2016 in Paris we will undoubtedly make even more commercial contacts.”