UK-based commercial vehicle maker Mellor will showcase its low floor bus with up to 22 seats at Busworld, Kortrijk to be held during October 20 – 25, 2017. This marks its debut in the European market.
The vehicle is targeted at a growing stage carriage market and engineered with the oversight and approval of Mercedes-Benz.
At present, the only low floor Sprinter vehicles available in the UK utilise the Sprinter van body to create a passenger saloon with 2+1 seating and a single wheelchair space.
But Mellor has engineered completely new body to provide 2+2 seating and a much larger low floor section in which two wheelchairs can be accommodated.
The company has pumped in a significant investment in the latest 3D CAD software at its manufacturing facilities to create a strong, stainless steel frame and, using CAD plus CNC machining, creating sector-leading GRP mouldings and interior plastics.
The Strata’s new body is 2300mm wide to significantly improve space in the saloon and has provided a large, low floor section with the approval of Mercedes-Benz.
Among several modifications made to the Sprinter chassis cab base vehicle, the bus maker has lowered the prop shaft to pass under the low floor mid-section.
The bus comes with destination displays, a rapid sliding entrance door, a ticket machine platform and achieves DDA compliance. The vehicle also has a wide variety of seating and hand-rail configurations available allowing a degree of customisation.
The Strata bus meets requirement for a small but robust service bus suitable for marginal routes, rural lanes and housing estates. It delivers around 20mpg-plus fuel economy too.
Mellor has manufactured Strata according to European Whole Vehicle Type Approval standard and the bus has undergone rigorous accelerated durability testing at Millbrook, UK which simulated eight years of use in a stage carriage environment.
John Randerson, Managing Director of Mellor, said: “When engineering the Strata, we wanted to find a solution to the limits of van based conversions using the Sprinter’s robust and durable drivetrain, and avoid creating a carbon copy of existing low floor van derived Sprinter small buses.
Since its launch in autumn 2016, the Strata has already attracted the attention and entered service with UK’s major bus companies and operators.
The Strata low floor bus will be displayed on stand number 919A in hall 9 at Busworld Europe, Kortrijk.