Van Hool delivers first hybrid “tram-bus” to Malmö
Mon 17 March 2014 | Back to news list
Van Hool has delivered a first Exqui.City to the city of Malmö. In the coming weeks, 15 of these 24-metre hybrid (biogas-electric) tram-buses will be shipped to Malmö.
In the autumn of 2012, Van Hool signed a contract with Nobina for the delivery of 15 hybrid Exqui. Cities, which will be deployed from June 2014 in Malmö and the Skane region in Sweden for public transport purposes. This type of vehicle sometimes referred to as a “tram-bus”. The hybrid ‘Exqui.City design Malmö’ is a 24-metre double-articulated vehicle with an electric engine, whereby the electricity is generated by a power generator connected to a Euro6 biogas engine.
The Exqui.City combines the flexibility of a bus with the efficiency of a tram. The tram-buses have an outspoken futuristic design and offer a high level of comfort with airconditioning, low noise levels and soft lighting. Accessibility is optimal thanks to a low step and smooth access via the four double doors. This type of vehicle has been constructed with a multiple power platform. This platform makes the Exqui.City, both in the 18-metre and the 24-metre version, a basis for the use of various environmentally friendly power systems, such as trolley buses, hybrid systems, fuel cells or batteries.
With the Exqui.City, available in a 18-metre and a 24-metre version, Van Hool offers a realistic response to the demand for safe, environmentally friendly, efficient and cost-effective urban public transport. For these reasons, cities like Metz, Barcelona, Parma, Genève, Luxemburg, Malmö, Martinique and Bergen have opted for the Exqui.City.
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