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Many people in the industry have noted that most of the trade shows have been postponed or cancelled. This has limited the ability of potential buyers to review existing product lines and check out anything new. A major reason for this has been concern for social distancing in the current COVID-19 crisis. While there may be two sides to this, there are numerous industry people who suggest that the use of masks and social distancing will put more buses on the road sooner.

            We are seeing substantial increased activity lately. Bus tour attractions began opening in May although most required masks and social distancing. More and more bus companies now have buses on the road for scheduled service, charters and tours. Some even have special equipment, partitions or cleaning systems to deal with the virus. We note that there are tour companies running again, although their passenger capacity is limited. Perhaps more important, we are seeing coach orders and deliveries returning. NJ Transit recently issued a purchase order for 334 new MCI commuter coaches and several coach operators have added new coaches to their fleet.

            Now that the industry is coming back to life, bus operators are increasingly interested in what is available for their next bus purchase. In spite of the virus, there have been interesting developments in product lines. MCI recently introduced their low entry commuter coach and now is in the middle of a design change and updates on its traditional “D” models. Temsa updated its 30-foot model and ABC has improved its Van Hool CX series. Perhaps even more interesting, we now have electric coaches coming soon from some manufacturers.

            Because of this, we have elected to put together this Coach Review of our current coach advertisers as somewhat of a print version of a trade show. To make it a little more interesting,  we will modify it in several ways to offer a little more information. For the tire kickers, we will try to include photos of most or all of the models. and at least some basic information and basic statistics on most models. In addition, we plan to provide a little bit of history as well as production information. Since all of these manufacturers either have expanded product lines of their own or affiliates elsewhere, we will try to provide some details on that. In some cases, there may also be additional information that is worth mentioning.

            I might add two notes. One is that with other engines builders pulling out of the bus industry, most or all of the coaches listed will offer Cummins engines as standard equipment. If there are additional options, we will mention them. The second is that due to the state-of-the-art in battery capacity, electric coaches will have limited range but may still be suitable for commuter and employee shuttle operations.

ABC Companies / Van Hool

            Bernard Van Hool founded the company that bears his name in 1947 in Koningshooikt, located southeast of Antwerp and Lier in Belgium. In more recent years, Van Hool established a factory in Skopje, Macedonia. Currently, Van Hool is building a new bus factory in Morristown, Tennessee that will comply with Buy America provisions for buses purchased with federal funding. In Europe the company has a very substantial product line. There are several coach models including a double deck as well as transit bus models including articulated and tram bus designs. In addition, Van Hool offers an impressive number of power options including diesel, trolley, battery, hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid and CNG.

            ABC became the American distributor for Van Hool coaches in 1987. It has been one of the longest and most successful partnerships in the bus industry. ABC’s extensive experience in the American market combined with Van Hool’s decades of bus building experience made Van Hool coaches the most popular import by the start of the next decade. All models incorporate stainless steel integral construction for strength and durability, numerous safety features and substantial use of LED lighting.

            There have been numerous Van Hool models offered on the American market over the years. Today the ABC/Van Hool American product line consists of two basic models. The TX series includes both a 40-foot and 45-foot coach as well as a double deck. The CX series, which is more of a “bread and butter” model, is available with diesel power in lengths of both 45 and 35 feet and will soon be available in a battery-electric 45-foot coach.

TX45/TX40

            Van Hool coaches sold by ABC Companies are not the same as the Van Hool coaches in Europe. The TX series differs from similar European models with a single front door, a rear restroom, and an American power train. It is the model designed as a touring coach that combines sophisticated engineering, styling and design with robust, reliable performance.  Noteworthy features include high style European design, full coach raise and lowering, a keyless ignition switch and remote control and heated black mirrors. With a height of 11 feet and 6 inches, the TX40 and TX 45 will fit into a 12-foot door.

            The single level TX models are available in lengths of 40 or 45 feet. Specifications are basically the same for both models. Major differences are that the 45-foot TX45 coach will seat 56 passengers while the 40-foot TX40 will seat 48. GVWR on the TX45 is 54,000 pounds while it is 50,700 pounds on the TX40. In addition, the wheelbase on the TX45 is 25 feet and 4.5 inches while it is 19 feet and 7.4 inches on the TX40.

Length (ft) – 45/40
Width (in) – 102
Height (ft) – 11’6”
Wheelbase (in) – 19’ 7.4”/25’ 4.5”
Max Seating Capy. – 56+1/48+1 w/restroom
Engine – Cummins ISX 12.0/Detroit Diesel DD13
Max Power – 425/450 HP
Transmission – Allison B500 + engine brake
Fuel Tank Capy. (gal) – 240

TDX Series

            The TDX series is an Americanized version of Van Hool’s proven and popular double deck European coach. Perhaps its best feature is that with seating for 81, it is the economical answer for transporting passengers and large groups. A second feature is that the TDX has two doors and is ADA compliant because you can use a ramp at the rear door. Other features include a rear luggage compartment, optional upper deck sky-view rooftop, front and rear stairs, and a centrally located restroom. The TDX is economical too since it can provide up to 486 passenger miles per gallon.

Length (ft) – 44” 4-9/32”
Width (in) – 102
Height (ft) – 13’1-1/16”
Wheelbase – 20” 10-25/64”
Max Seating Capy. – 81+1 w/restroom
Engine – Cummins ISX 12.0
Max Power – 425 HP
Transmission – Allison B500R
Fuel Tank Capy. (gal) – 166

CX45/CX35

            More of a “bread and butter” model, the CX series was developed specifically for the American market. In addition to diesel coaches in lengths of 45 and 35 feet, the CX will soon be available as a battery-electric coach. In 2020 the CX series received several upgrades. Recent improvements include an enhanced driver area, a wrap around dash, ergonomic design, a digital dash, accent lighting, a rear window as standard equipment, new bathroom design, soft touch and stylish additions, satin nickel finishes and metal accents. Following are the details on the models. The CX45 has been the most popular imported coach on the American market for several years.

            Two different lengths are available; the 45-foot CX45 and the 35-foot CX35. They are highly compatible with many interchangeable parts and systems. This not only simplifies stocking parts but it also makes training drivers easier and makes things simpler for your garage staff.

            In addition to length, and that the CX35 has only two axles, there are a few differences between the two models. The CX45 provides seating for 56 passengers while the CX35 has seats for 40. While both models come with the Allison B500 transmission, the CX35 comes with the smaller Cummins L9 350 horsepower engine. As you might expect, the CX35 also has a shorter wheelbase and smaller turning radius.

Length (ft) – 45/35
Width (in) – 102
Height (ft) – 11’6”
Wheelbase – 25’ 4.5”/18’ 13/16”
Max Seating Capy. – 56+1/40+1 w/restroom
Engine – CX45 – Cummins X12 (455 hp)/Detroit Diesel DD13 (450 hp). CX35 – Cummins L9 (350 hp).
Transmission – Allison B500 Gen 5
Fuel Tank Capy. (gal) – 240/160

CX45E

            With Van Hool’s impressive experience in multiple types of power, it would only be expected that a battery electric bus would join the product line. Van Hool took the popular CX45 coach and re-engineered it as a battery electric coach with balanced weight distribution.

            It features a highly efficient Proterra battery system, a Siemens traction system and regenerative braking. It will be very appropriate for commuter service or shuttles; and while the electric coach may cost more to purchase, it is more economical to operate and maintain. The CX45E will be all electric with electric components and systems but will compatible with the diesel-powered CX45 in other areas.

Length (ft) – 45
Width (in) – 102
Height (ft) – 11’6”
Wheelbase – 25’ 4.5”
Max Seating Capy. – 56+1 w/restroom
Vehicle Traction System – Siemens
Battery Capy. – 660 kWh

Irizar

            Irizar is the oldest bus manufacturer selling on the American market. Founded by Jose Antonio Irizar in 1889, the company originally made iron parts for carriages and then moved up to vehicles and buses. The main factory is in Ormaiztegi, Spain, south of San Sebastian in a hilly area just south of the Pyrenees Mountains.The company has expanded both horizontally and vertically. In addition to building buses, the Irizar Group also owns Hispacold that makes air conditioning systems, Masats that makes automated coach doors and ramps, and other companies.

            While the popular i6 is the only coach Irizar sells in America, in Europe it has an extensive and well-rounded product line. Irizar also makes transit and suburban-type buses including the i3 and i4. Some of the models, are available with diesel and hybrid power. Irizar developed electric buses early and offers both the low floor ie electric transit bus as well as an electric Tram bus known as the ie Tram. They recently opened a new factory closer to San Sebastian dedicated to building electric buses.

            In recent months, Irizar has offered several products and systems geared to safety, hygiene and preventing the spread of the virus on buses. One is the Access Control Camera, a smart system located at the entrance to the bus that has a body temperature sensor and a camera that detects whether passengers are wearing masks. Another is a vehicle disinfection system that works in 30 minutes and can be controlled from outside the bus. Irizar also offers separation screens for both the driver and passengers designed specifically for many Irizar models. The Eco3 air purifier can be installed on both new buses and well as retrofitted to existing buses. It is installed in the return of the climate control system and drastically decreases molds, bacteria, virus  volatile organic compounds and allergins while reducing odors.

Irizar i6

            The Irizar i6 is a tried and true design that has been popular with European coach operators for many years. More than 3,000 are operating in several different European countries. Irizar engineers took the reliable and popular European model and reengineered it as a 45-foot coach for the American market. Major changes include the single front door, the rear restroom and a Cummins-Allison power train. Two models are available and differ primarily in underfloor luggage capacity and height. The Streamline model with a height of 12 feet and 3 inches is standard while the SuperCargo model is a high deck version with 620 cubic feet of underfloor luggage space and a height of 12 feet and 11 inches. Special features include a Bosch audio and video system, 110-volt outlets plus USB, xenon headlights, lane departure warning, reversing horn, back-up camera, tinted side windows, a rear window and a restroom.

Length (ft) – 45
Width (in) – 102
Height (ft) – 12’3”/12’11”
Max Seating Capy. – 56+1 w/restroom
Engine – Cummins ISX12 (425 hp)
Transmission – Allison B500
Fuel Tank Capy. (gal) – 210
Other features – ADA lift, 110-volt outlets and USB charging points, lane departure warning and back up camera.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

            It all started in 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba when Harry Zoltok founded the Fort Garry Motor Body and Paint Works with Fred Scinski. A year later, they turned out their first vehicle and in 1940 the company name was changed to Motor Coach Industries. Harry Zoltok and his staff accepted the challenge of building coaches for Greyhound that were reliable on Canadian roads in the worst weather conditions. Greyhound was so impressed that they bought the company, created new models and began using them in the U.S. in the mid-1960s. By the 1970s, MCIs had become the most popular coaches on the market and have continued with that distinction.

            The first manufacturing location outside of Winnipeg was established in Pembina, North Dakota. Later, a factory was operated for several years in Roswell, New Mexico to handle increased sales. During the years when MCI was involved with Dina, there was some manufacturing in Mexico. Today, production is centered in modernized facilities in Winnipeg and Pembina. The “J” models are completed at Winnipeg. However, the “D” models are built as shells in Winnipeg and then trucked to Pembina where they are completed. This allows them to comply with Buy America provisions for orders using federal money.

            Currently, MCI offers two basic model series; the “D” and the “J.” Historically, the “D” series coach heritage dates back to the Harry Zoltok days and decades of reliability. For several years they were the most popular coaches on the makret. Continuing this heritage, the “D” series coaches have been particularly popular as commuter coaches and in rugged scheduled service. A recent addition to this series is the D45 CRT LE model that improves ADA ability by offering both a conventional coach door as well as a low entry door for mobility devices. This series is currently undergoing a facelift and redesign. With the “J” model, this modern design was originally introduced in 1998 as the Renaissance or 102EL3 model. Complying with operator requests, the simpler J4500 model was introduced in 2001 and in 2004 became the most popular coach on the American market. It still has this distinction. MCI is also introducing battery-electric versions of both the “J” and “D” models that will be included with the diesel models.

D4520

            The “D” model first entered production in 1992 as the 102DL3. It introduced the 45-foot length for MCI coaches and simultaneously offered a larger engine compartment that could accommodate the new Series 60 Detroit engine. With the change of model numbers, it became the D4500 and a companion 40-foot D4000 became available in 1994. These models became popular for both commuter applications and for rugged service, particularly scheduled routes. Updated exteriors requested by private operators provided models D4505 and D4005. In 2020, the traditional “D” series is being upgraded to the newer look of the D45 CRT LE model. In addition, it is expected that battery-electric models will become available in the future.

            The new MCI D4520, built on the same platform as the D45 CRT LE but as full-high floor coach without the patented Low-Entry (LE) vestibule seating area, is set to replace the all-time, best-selling MCI D4505, the workhorse staple in scheduled service operations since the mid-1990s. Built to MCI’s quality, safety and reliability standards on a robust semi-monocoque low corrosion stainless steel frame, the new model is nearly identical to the D45 CRT LE, with a low-profile height of 138.6 inches; all new body panels and styling; front and rear energy absorbing bumpers; 100 percent LED exterior lighting including headlamps, and also features the patented spiral entrance stairway exclusive to MCI. 

            As a high-floor model, the new coach offers similar engineering to the luxurious MCI J4500 model in offering comfort and a spacious 56 to 60 seat capacity with industry leading legroom and a higher payload and baggage capacity with parcels racks over the classic D4505. Options include a rear-coach mounted wheelchair lift, lavatory, rear window, stylish interior trim and flooring choices.

            In addition to tire pressure monitoring and Amerex Fire Suppression safety systems, the new model allows for the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) by Bendix Fusion with collision mitigation, back up cameras and a bird’s eye-view 360-degree camera.

            Operationally, the D4520 is equipped with a newly configured driver dash and benefits from MCI’s proprietary ECAS (Electronically Controlled Air Suspension) and swing-out style eFan systems. It also features the lighter and more fuel efficient X12 Cummins engine and brushless motors on the HVAC evaporator. For superior convenience, the new D4520 larger, 182-gallon, fuel tank can be fueled from either the curb or driver side. Onboard MCI Connect telematics also provides rapid, technical responsiveness to deliver a new standard in reliability with maximum uptime and low total cost of operation.

            MCI plans to offer additional variants of the high floor D4520 including a 40-foot version with a wheelchair lift; the D45 CRT Commuter Coach with a mid-coach mounted wheelchair lift and bi-parting entrance doors for the public sector, as well as powertrain configurations in battery-electric and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Overall Length: 45 ft.
Overall Height: 138 in.
Seating Capacity: Up to 60
Headroom: 78.25 in.
Wheelbase: 315.00 in.
Turning Radius: 41.7 ft.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 181 gal.
Fuel: Clean-diesel
Engine: Cummins X12
Transmission: Allison B500
Brakes: Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes

D45 CRT LE

            Originally introduced in 2017, the D45 CRT LE is a major revolution in ADA coach applications by offering both a traditional door and a low level door and ramp for ease of entry and exit for mobility devices. Looking at the model number, it can be noted that: D45 = a 45-foot “D” model, CRT = Commuter Rapid Transit and LE = the low entry door for ADA applications. The diesel version is in operation in several locations and both CNG and battery-electric versions will be available.

            Already growing in both private and public transportation fleets, the revolutionary MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach features a patented Low Entry (LE) vestibule designed for unprecedented accessibility, especially for passengers using mobility devices, and delivers dwell times comparable to low-floor transit boarding. Featuresinclude an automatic curb-level ramp that accommodates a wider variety of mobility aids such as next-generation motorized wheelchairs and vestibule seating. The forward door features an ergonomically designed spiral entryway, enhanced lighting and supportive grab rails for comfort and visibility at entry. Spacious, comfortable seating accommodates 54 passengers overall, adjusting to 52 when accommodating two passengers with mobility devices. The next-generation D-Series model was developed with evaluations from the National Council on Independent Living, the American Association for People with Disabilities and the Society of Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD),  among others. MCI plans for the D45 CRT LE platform to include clean diesel, CNG and battery electric configurations.

Overall Length: 45 ft.
Overall Height: 138 in.
Seating Capacity: Up to 54
Headroom: 78.25 in.
Wheelbase: 315.00 in.
Turning Radius: 40 ft 11 in.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 164 gal.CNG
Fuel Options: Clean-diesel, battery-electric
GVWR: 54,000 lbs.
Engine Options: Cummins X12 or all-electric hightorque
Siemens electric drive system
Transmission: Allison B500
Brakes: Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes

J4500

            The J4500 has been the most popular coach model on the American market for more than a decade and a half. It continues to receive updates and improved systems on a regular basis and has become a very versatile coach. Some operators use the J4500 in scheduled service while others send it out for charters and tours. It can even be ordered with a special heavy duty package for operations on difficult roads or in difficult weather.

            With best-in-class interior space, more legroom and capacity to seat 60 comfortably, the luxurious 2020 MCI J4500 now features an eFan system, the new lighter, more efficient X12 Cummins engine and optional MCI Connect telematics system for rapid, technical responsiveness and maximum uptime, which combine to deliver overall fuel economy improvement and a new standard in reliability and low total cost of operation.

            Options include dramatic color interior LED lighting for operator, client and team branding; the next-generation ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)  with collision mitigation upgrades on Bendix Fusion that integrates a forward-facing camera with vehicle recognition software – to detect and stop for stationary objects and offer lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition;  and a state-of-the-art 360-degree camera for better maneuvering at low speeds. Plus, MCI’s standard limited warranty coverage offers a best-in-class 30-month unlimited mile warranty along with Super 60 five-year extended coverage on select parts and components.

Overall Length: 45.58 ft.
Overall Height: 140.75 in.
Seating Capacity: Up to 60
Headroom: 78.25 in.
Wheelbase: 315.00 in.
Turning Radius: 40’-11 in.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 183 gal.
Suspension: Independent front and tag
GVWR: 54,000 lbs.
Engine: Cummins X12, 410 or 455 HP; optional Detroit Diesel DD13, 410 or 450hp also w/ engine brake
Transmission: Gen V Allison B500 6-speed automatic with prognostics capability
Brakes: Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes

J3500

            The 35-foot MCI J3500 welcomes passengers onboard with all the styling hallmarks of the best selling J4500 and features industry-leading legroom with a maximum 44 passenger capacity, a modern driver cockpit along with the patented spiral entryway and interior trim and seating packages along with updated options from dramatic color interior LED lighting to a rear window. Other options include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including a 360-degree camera. The two-axle model also has the J4500 front and drive axle (no tag), and best-in-class payload capacity with the largest underfloor baggage space featuring two baggage bays and common doors. Plus, the J3500 handles city streets and tight maneuvers with a turning diameter of under 33 feet. The J3500 also comes with MCI’s 30-month unlimited mileage warranty and the Super 60 five-year extended coverage on select parts and components.

Passenger Capacity: With lav 40- standard; 44-optional
Overall Length: 35 ft.
Overall Height: 140.75 in.
GVWR: 42,000 lbs.
Interior Ceiling Height: 78.25 in.
Wheelbase: 228.80 in.
Turning Radius: 32’-10 in.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 164 gal.
Engine: 2017 EPA Cummins L9, 350 hp, 1350 lb-ft torque w/engine brake
Transmission: Gen V Allison B500, 6-speed automatic with prognostics capability
Brakes: Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes

J4500e and MCI D45 CRTe LE CHARGE

            MCI moves into zero emissions, electric propulsion with two battery-electric models. The MCI J4500e CHARGE (bringing all-electric capability to the industry’s best-seller in the tour, charter and employee shuttle markets) will deliver later in 2020. The MCI D45 CRTe LE CHARGE which features a revolutionary patented LE (Low Entry) vestibule with a seating area and ramp that significantly improves dwell times and the boarding and ride experience for passengers with disabilities will be available in 2021. MCI’s battery electric platform includes electric-driven components throughout, from electric heat and AC systems to power steering. It features a high-torque Siemens electric drive train and energy storage system (ESS) based on the 63 Ah lithium ion (NMC) ultra-high energy cell by XALT for an estimated 544 kWh of on-board energy for the J4500e, with recharging in under four hours, and 388.5kWh for the D45 CRTe LE, enabling high-power plug-in battery recharging in under three hours. The J4500e boasts a range well over 200 miles, with regenerative braking for energy efficiency and solid stopping power in extensive field tests. MCI’s all-electric move is also supported by sister company’s New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, a full suite of services that help plan deployment of fast-charging stations by route specifications to meet each customer’s need.

Overall Length: J 45.58’/ D 45.0’
Seating Capacity: J 56 passengers/ D 54 passengers
Headroom: 78.25 in.
Wheelbase: 315.00 in.
Suspension: Independent front
GVWR: J 54,000 lbs./ D 54,000 lbs.
Propulsion System: Siemens motor
Batteries: 63 Ah Lithium ion (NMC) ultra-high energy cell by XALT, estimated J 544 kWh
max power/ D 388.5 kWh
Brakes: Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes

TEMSA

            TEMSA’s primary manufacturing facility is located in Adana, Turkey, southeast of Istanbul and a little north of the Mediterranean Sea. This historic city was located on the old Silk Road and still has a Roman bridge over the Seyhan River. Founded in 1968 by Sabanci Group (hence the SA in the name), the company originally built air conditioning equipment but moved into building buses in the 1980s and became an expert at building the small but durable buses popular in Turkey. Since then, TEMSA has developed a complete product line of both coaches and transit buses including battery electric models. TEMSA brought their 35-foot coach to the US in 2008 to fill a gap because there were no mid-size integral coaches on the market at that time. Since then they have added a 30-foot and a 45-foot coach to their US product line and are developing an electric coach.

TEMSA TS35

            The world-class TEMSA TS35 35-foot coach offers full integral design with the same level of comfort and amenities as a full size coach, including a spacious interior for passengers and drivers. Constructed from stainless steel for extra durability and safety, the TS35 is vigorously tested to ensure the highest standards to provide a dependable, high-quality driving experience. It continues to offer a Cummins/Allison driveline to deliver excellent power and optimum serviceability.

            In 2016, the TS35 received some impressive enhancements. These included an entryway with new styling, an expanded driver’s cockpit and increased parts commonality with the TS30 and TS45. Other new features included twin alternators on the engine, better accessibility and easier maintenance through the rear engine door. Safety features include ABS (Anti-Lock braking system), ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation), and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) as standard equipment.

Length (ft) – 35
Width (in) – 100
Height (ft) – 11’7”
Wheelbase (in) – 218.1
Max Seating Capy. – 40+1 w/restroom
Engine – Cummins L9 350 HP – EPA 2017
Max Power – 350 HP
Max Torque – 1,150 lb-ft@1,400 rpm
Transmission – Allison B500 (opt retarder)
Fuel Tank Capy. (gal) – 154

New TEMSA TS30

            The 30-foot TS30 was introduced in 2012 and a new generation was launched in 2019. It is a fully integral coach and provides the same level of comfort and amenities as the larger coaches but is very appropriate for smaller groups where it is more economical to run and purchase. It is the shortest integral coach on the US market. Recent improvements include a redesigned front and rear mask, a new six-piece bumper for greater serviceability plus tool-free access to main service components. Other new features include increased luggage capacity and restroom space, an enlarged driver area and reduced step height.

            Like the big coaches, the TS30 has integral stainless steel construction for durability and safety. An improved HVAC system is similar to that on the TS45. The Cummins engine and Eaton Procision Transmission provide smooth shifting and comfortable driving. It also offers European quality with a matching design and craftsmanship.

Length (ft) – 31.1
Width (in) – 94.8
Height (ft) – 11’1”
Wheelbase (in) – 185
Max Seating Capy. – 34+1 w/restroom
Engine – Cummins B 6.7 L
Max Power – 250 HP (187kW)
Max Torque – 680 lb-ft@1,600 rpm
Transmission – Eaton Procision
Fuel Tank Capy. (gal) – 80

TEMSA TS45

            Bus operators pleased with the shorter TEMSA coaches asked for a full size coach so TEMSA worked with them to develop a 45-foot coach specifically for the American market. As with the shorter coaches, the TS45 has integeral design, a stainless steel frame for durability and longevity, and an American drive line with Cummins and Allison. It also has a steerable tag axle, providing a 40.2-foot turning radius, for great maneuverability on city streets.

            With seating for 56 passengers as standard and 60 optional, the TS45 offers several safety and driver features that you would look for in a quality coach. Included are an engine compartment fire extinguisher system, a tire pressure monitoring system, a lane departure warning system, an electronic stability program, an anti-lock braking system, an ASR traction control system and even a brake pad wear monitoring and warning system. Other features include three-point safety belts, three-piece bumpers to save time and improve serviceability, cruise control and rear parking sensors.

Length (ft) – 45
Width (in) – 102
Height (ft) – 11’6”
Wheelbase (in) – 310.8
Max Seating Capy. – 56/60+1 w/restroom
Engine – Cummins ISX 12 425 HP EPA-2017
Max Power – 425 HP (317kW)
Max Torque – 1,650 lb-ft@1,100 rpm
Transmission – Gen 5 Allison B500 (opt retarder)
Fuel Tank Capy. (gal) – 200

TEMSA TS45E

            The most recent TEMSA electric bus project stated in 2019. TEMSA is taking their popular TS45 45-foot intercity coach and offering it as an all-electric coach known as the TS45E. Externally, the coach is very similar to the TS45 except that components are now all electric. Internally, the coach uses a similar electrical system that has been proven in previous TEMSA electric buses. This includes the TM4 electric motor, lithium ion NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) batteries, the one pedal drive with regenerative braking, and various TEMSA programmable options.

            In order to make the coach more practical, the TEMSA engineers are changing some of the design to better accommodate batteries while minimizing the impact on passenger space and amenities. For example, the size of the overhead parcel racks will be increased and are optionally available open or closed. The underfloor luggage space will also be increased about 30 percent. In addition, the production models will be redesigned including a new face.             It is expected that the TS45E will have a range of about 200 miles, making it practical for commuter operators as well as local charters and shuttles. It will have a different dash than the diesel buses including programmable gauges and the all-important state-of-charge gauge. A prototype has already been put on display at TEMSA’s Burlingame, California facility and is being prepared for demo use.  It is expected that this model will undergo approximately a year of testing so that adjustments and improvements can be made prior to production. TEMSA is expected to start taking orders for the TS45E during the second half of 2021.  

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