Van Hool to present three world premieres and 18 vehicles at BUSWORLD EUROPE 2019
- Van Hool to present 3 world premieres at BUSWORLD EUROPE (18-23/10/2019);
- The EX11, the newest and shortest model in the EX range;
- The Fuel Cell-powered Exqui.City for the French city of Pau;
- The electrically powered CX45E for the American market.
Van Hool, independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, will be exhibiting its strength at BUSWORLD EUROPE, presenting in its booth (hall 5, booth no. 502) no fewer than three world premieres to the general public. In addition, Van Hool will be presenting a number of technological innovations on its vehicles, which reflect the company’s innovative strength.
Just four years ago Van Hool launched the EX-range, a modern, efficient, innovative and comfortable alternative to the ever-increasing competition in the coach world market.
At BUSWORLD EUROPE Van Hool will be presenting the EX11, the fourth model in the EX-range (adding to the EX15, EX16 and EX17). With it, Van Hool is responding to the increasing market demand to offer a well-equipped and comfortable vehicle in the 11-metre class. Including the L and H variants, with low or standard boarding height, the full EX-range consists of no fewer than 10 versions. Like all these versions, the EX11 can also be ordered immediately. All are available with powerful, economical DAF engines of the latest ‘NG’ generation, coupled with a wide range of manual, automated and automatic gearboxes.
Exqui.City Fuel Cell for Pau (FRA)
In 2017 the French city of Pau placed an order with Van Hool for 8 Exqui.City18 FCs: hydrogen-powered single-articulated tram-buses. This drive converts hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy through reverse electrolysis. On the one hand the electricity is used to power the vehicle and, on the other, unused energy is stored in lithium batteries for additional power where and when needed, for example when pulling away from a stop. The only emission from this “zero emission” vehicle is water vapour.
These vehicles are also premieres in their own right: never before has a full Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system been built with hydrogen-powered single-articulated 18-metre tram-buses.
The Exqui.City18 FC Pau design, has a capacity of 125 passengers. The vehicle can be fully refuelled in 10 minutes, and can travel approximately 300 km. Hence these buses afford bus companies the highest level of operational flexibility and productivity.