By: Fabian Cotter

BELGIUM CAPITAL the City of Brussels’ transport company STIB-MIVB (Brussels Intermunicipal Transport Company) has signed a framework agreement with Iveco Bus for more than 140 articulated 18-metre hybrid electric buses, it’s reported recently.

Up to 141 Iveco articulated hybrid electric Urbanway buses will be gracing the streets of Brussels, Belgium.

In a move said to consolidate Iveco’s position as a leader in sustainable transport, the 141-bus order is an important step for the City of Brussels and is part of the network’s development plan to promote more sustainable transport, the company states.

The five-year agreement with the public transport operator covers the delivery of 141 articulated hybrid electric Urbanway buses and also the planning, construction, supply, implementation, delivery of spare parts and battery pack maintenance, as well as all traction chain components, it states.

According to Iveco, this major order is an important part of the network’s development plan for more environmentally friendly and sustainable mobility.

"The introduction of these new vehicles to the network will enable STIB-MIVB to increase its bus network’s total capacity by a third by the end of 2019. Thanks to a strong desire and willingness from the government, a new era has begun for our network, offering passengers greater comfort and improving mobility and quality of life in Brussels. I’m proud to be part of the mobility of the future, alongside Iveco Bus, a key partner in sustainable transport!" said Brieuc de Meeûs, CEO of STIB-MIVB.

The 18-metre-long hybrid electric Urbanway bus has been designed to facilitate access and improve travel conditions for passengers, such as a low floor for improved passenger flow management; a dedicated zone for vulnerable users; and modular areas to accommodate a wheelchair or children’s pushchairs, it states.

The Urbanway also offers high passenger capacity (up to 103), which was a decisive factor in STIB-MIVB’s final choice, it’s claimed. Delivery of these 141 vehicles will start May 2019, and will be a key factor in reinforcing the company’s transport proposal in its move to implement the city’s Bus Master Plan.

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This vehicle combines an electric traction system with a Euro 6 engine and latest energy storage system to provide a cleaner mobility solution. The powertrain management system optimises fuel consumption and emissions, whilst recovering and storing the kinetic energy released under braking, explains Iveco.

The ‘Arrive & Go’ function enables operation in 100 per cent electric mode with zero emissions when approaching and leaving stop signs, bus stops and traffic lights. Fuel consumption per vehicle is reduced by 30 per cent and CO2 emissions can also be reduced by up to 30 per cent compared with diesel buses, equating to a 35-tonne reduction of CO2 per year - the equivalent weight of two buses - thereby offering real economic and environmental advantages, it states.

Its Tector 7 286hp engine produced by FPT Industrial - the powertrain brand of CNH Industrial - which is compatible with second-generation HVO biofuel, enhances this performance still further, Iveco says. Carbon emissions can thus be reduced by up to 90 per cent compared with a standard diesel engine, it states.

In addition, its silent operation provides an immediate benefit in terms of comfort for passengers, the driver and local residents.

"This agreement with STIB-MIVB clearly positions us as the leader in environmentally respectful solutions with government authorities and transport officials who are now choosing the mobility of tomorrow. We are delighted at this significant order in a country that benefits from the strong presence of our CNH Industrial Group," said Sylvain Blaise, vice-president of Iveco and head of the Global Bus Division.


CNH Industrial’s origins in Belgium date to 1906 in the agricultural machinery sector. The group employs some 4,000 people in the country. It operates two plants in Zedelgem and Antwerp - dedicated to research and development, production and distribution of the New Holland agricultural ranges - and oversees a national network of dealers and after-sales points for its brands.

STIB-MIVB is the leading Belgian public urban transport company, it states. It serves 19 municipalities in the Brussels region, as well as 11 more on the outskirts, for a total line of 241.5km². It provides a transport service for more than 1,100,000 local residents, as well as thousands of commuters. The STIB-MIVB network consists of four metro lines, 17 tram lines, 50 bus lines and 11 night bus lines.

Based on initial estimates, in 2017 STIB-MIVB was responsible for no fewer than 401 million journeys.

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