UK-based commercial vehicle maker Mellor has attracted the visitors with the display of its products on its first appearance in Busworld, Kortrijk.
Mellor’s Orion E, the world’s first fully electric low floor bus took centre stage at Busworld.
Mellor said that changes in the passenger transport market have been driven by a reduction in passenger numbers. This is in conjunction with the emergence of App based demand responsive services and the pressure to do better environmentally that has created an opportunity to introduce smaller electric and Euro 6 bus products.
The bus maker claimed it has identified that a small electric bus would fill a gap in the market and set out to develop this and bring it to the market.
John Randerson, Managing Director, Mellor said, “The Orion E is the first vehicle of its type and a real breakthrough product, which was first launched in UK market in April this year and is now being introduced to European customers at Busworld this week.
The present concern over particulate and NOx pollution in city centres is driving an adoption of electric vehicles across the UK and Europe.
The company believes the Orion E will find a ready market with operators and authorities particularly in historic cities, most of that already have a green agenda. The size of the Orion E certainly works where road space is at a premium.
In order to expand the activities in Europe, Mellor has appointed three distributors such as Swedish based BK Invest, which will be covering Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway and Denmark), E-Vade of Germany, which also covers Austria, and most recently, E-Bus of the Netherlands which will be looking after Mellor’s interests in the Benelux countries.
Showcasing the left hand drive version at Busworld, Mellor is confident the Strata will be equally well received in Europe.
John acknowledges that the business targeted the Sprinter based vehicle at a growing stage carriage market for smaller buses. Mercedes-Benz has had oversight of Strata’s engineering resulting in their approval for a three-year warranty for all Mercedes components.
Currently the only low floor Sprinter products available in the UK utilise the Sprinter van body to create a passenger saloon with 2+1 seating and a single wheelchair space. Mellor has instead engineered an entirely new vehicle body, ensuring it can provide a more traditional bus style 2+2 seating and a much more extensive low floor section which has resulted in accommodation for two wheelchairs.