Van Hool, the Belgian producer of buses, coaches and industrial automobiles, introduced its first version of a totally new vary of 100% zero emission buses on the primary day of Euro Mobility Expo 2022, a global commerce present for public transport.
The Van Hool A12 Battery Electrical is the primary automobile in a totally new vary of buses in 4 completely different lengths (12m, 13m, 18m and 24m) geared up with solely zero emission powertrains: battery-electric, gasoline cell (hydrogen) and trolley.
With this new A spread, the corporate is constructing on the information and expertise it has gained within the space of eco-friendly buses for public city and regional transport. Van Hool is able to present a response to the ever-growing demand from public transport firms which might be specializing in ‘greening’ their fleets. Even earlier than the official announcement of the brand new A spread Van Hool had 13 orders on its books, for a complete of 162 buses.
he intention in designing the brand new A spread was to give you an eco-friendly (100 per cent zero emissions), comfy, secure, timeless and sustainable bus vary that can be utilized in city and regional transport in Europe. Our intention was to current an built-in new vary to satisfy the excessive expectations of the transport firms, the drivers and the passengers.
The brand new inside and exterior design and the selection of three completely different powertrains had been linked, on the one hand, to the worldwide experiences that we now have constructed up over the previous few a long time and, on the opposite, to the challenges that public transport firms will face over the approaching years. Our prospects are specializing in greening their fleets and are pursuing zero emissions. They’re tying that to consolation and security for the customers of public transport, a pleasing working surroundings for the driving force and a TCO (complete price of possession) with a view to carry out their job profitably.
Greater than ever, we’re able to play a major position on the European public transport market. We now have a totally new vary of city buses, in 4 completely different lengths (12m, 13m, 18m and 24m), that are geared up with solely zero emissions powertrains: battery-electric, gasoline cell (hydrogen) and trolley.
—Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool NV
Within the design and improvement of the brand new A spread, explicit consideration was paid to the load, sustainability and modularity of the buses.
Structural weight financial savings had been achieved by way of using excessive power stainless-steel, low-weight composite supplies and sustainable bonding strategies. For this, pc simulation and optimization strategies had been used, mixed with greater than 75 years’ talent and expertise.
A modular fastening system has been fitted on the self-supporting sandwich roof of the bus for the mixing of components reminiscent of batteries, and air con and management programs. Upgrading/updating, any subsequent modifications and alternative with different components will probably be simpler consequently, due to this fact guaranteeing an extended lifetime of the automobile. This manner, Van Hool is making an necessary contribution to the round financial system.
The design of the brand new A spread is characterised by its aerodynamic form on the entrance. The big windshield gives an optimum view for each driver and passengers. The buses are fitted with the latest era LED headlights with daytime driving lights.
The big rear window permits loads of pure mild. Additionally on the rear, the latest era LED lights have been used. The big entry hatch within the rear panel gives user-friendly entry to the technical part of the bus. Massive aspect home windows improve the quantity of pure mild coming into the bus, contributing to a brilliant inside. The buses have extensive passenger doorways, making boarding and alighting simpler for passengers. For the driving force, a closed cab with loads of cupboard space is offered as commonplace.
The ergonomic cab, which meets the requirements of the Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen (VDV), provides the driving force a view of all of the automobile’s options at a look, enhancing normal security. The inside local weather is regulated by a system whereby conditioned air comes from a central roof air duct, based mostly on warmth pump know-how (with water because the condenser) and traction warmth restoration, leading to power financial savings in comparison with a basic warmth pump.
To maximise the automobiles’ vary, it was essential to reduce their empty weight. By utilizing finite component calculation strategies on the one hand, and excessive power (duplex) kinds of stainless-steel on the opposite, it was attainable to optimize the metal construction of each the chassis and the aspect body. The combination of a state-of-the-art light-weight sandwich roof completes the load optimization.
Van Hool is an impartial Belgian bus, coach and industrial automobile producer, based mostly in Koningshooikt. The corporate was based in 1947 and celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2022. The overwhelming majority of models produced are destined for Europe and the US. Van Hool has round 3,500 employees worldwide, the vast majority of whom work on the manufacturing services in Koningshooikt (Belgium) and Skopje (North Macedonia).