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CHICAGO — The new vehicles parked along the BusCon trade show floor this year reflected the economic and market demands influencing the ground transportation market. Limousine industry leader Krystal Infinity displayed its new all-electric EVolution minibus complete with green-grass-and-blue-sky paint job, and newcomer TEMSA Global debuted what will be America’s smallest integral motorcoach, the TS30.
The EVolution is built on a commercial International chassis. The engine and accessory drive systems are removed and replaced with a 230-volt AC continuous primary drive and a 40 kW liquid-cooled flux vector motor controller accessory drive. Under a fast charge, the batteries can fully recover in less than one hour.
Krystal’s KK38 EVolution minibus, which was featured in the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of LCT Magazine, is 38-feet long and capable of a 150-mile range under average loads with a maximum speed of 65 mph. The EVolution is the first zero-emissions all-electric mid-sized shuttle bus. Krystal Infinity is the only electric bus manufacturer in the U.S.
David Webb, president of Capitol Coachworks Inc., the exclusive distributor of the KK38 EVolution, said there was a lot of excitement about the new vehicle. “BusCon is the right place to introduce a new product,” he said. “People have shown a lot of interest in the technology. BusCon is good every year and orders will come even four to six months after the show. My absence here would be too costly.”
Krystal debuted its new mid-size bus, the KK36, which is built on a Ford F-650 XLT cab and chassis. It seats 31 passengers and features frameless touring windows, upgraded air conditioning system, high back reclining seats with arm rests, OEM air ride suspension, front overhead view window, LCD TV system, and overhead storage racks. A 31-pax F-550 and KK35 limo bus completed Krystal’s show floor line-up.
Websites: www.krystal.cc; www.capitolcoachworks.com
Turkish coach manufacturer TEMSA Global debuted the TS30, a concept vehicle for the European market that is making its way to the U.S. At 30-feet long and 95 inches wide, it will be the smallest coach to feature an integral monocoque stainless steel chassis. It has a rear engine and an independent front suspension. The Cummins engine runs through an Allison transmission.
The model on the show floor had 37 seats, but TEMSA business development director Omer Sozutek said the number of seats will be reduced to 32-36 in the American version to provide more legroom for passengers. “This vehicle is perfect for the short haul, and operators will be able to get financing for 84 months on the TS30,” Sozutek said.
TEMSA also displayed its TS35, the only 35-foot stainless steel integral motorcoach in the U.S. market. It features a Cummins ISL engine, Allison B500 transmission, independent front suspension with adjustable shock absorber and torsion bar type stabilizer. It can seat 38-40 passengers.
TEMSA coaches feature body-leveling floors, air conditioning with roof heating, electric sun visor, fog lights, first aid kits, double window glazing, curtains, overhead parcel rack, cruise control, luggage trimming, and LED interior & exterior lights.
CH Trading Company is the exclusive distributor for TEMSA in the U.S.
Websites: www.chbussales.com; www.temsa.com
Motor Coach Industries
Displayed a pre-owned 2007 56-passenger J4500. It is the industry’s best-selling coach and sports an aerodynamic design and full stainless steel monocoque body.
“This coach is easily a two million mile chassis,” vice president Aram Nikitas said. “It’s built to last. This particular [pre-owned] model [displayed at the show] had 800,000 miles on the chassis, and we put in a new engine, refurbished the interior, and it’s just like new.”
Most striking about the J4500’s interior were the spiral stairway with integral handrails and the large overhead luggage space whose capacity looked comparable to that on an airplane. MCI has the biggest service network in the country. MCI’s Select+ Pre-owned Coach program offers a 60-day/30,000 mile, POC limited warranty; 210+ point MCI inspection; scheduled preventive maintenance inspections and recommended fluid and filter changes at an MCI service center included for 60 days or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first; and a two-year engine and transmission warranty.