London celebrates premiere

10/18 Only early risers could experience the unique spectacle in front of the impressive backdrop of Westminster Abbey on 11 October, when the first 100% all-electric sightseeing bus equipped with the gearless wheel hub drive ZAwheel® from Kupferzell was presented. In the presence of London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues, press representatives and guests, the bus of the future launched its first tour. With this first step towards zero-emission bus travel in the London capital, the responsible politicians have taken courageous measures to drastically reduce air pollution. The ZAwheel® electric wheel hub drive developed by ZIEHL-ABEGG, which guarantees quiet and clean driving through the streets, plays a decisive role in this project. Mayor Shirley Rodrigues congratulated Ronan Bois, also in attendance, who was in charge of sightseeing at RATP Dev, operator and subsidiary of the international RATP group of The Original Tour – Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus. The bus is built by the Spanish company Unvi, which is regarded as the world’s largest manufacturer of city sightseeing buses. Together with strong European partners, including ZIEHL-ABEGG, this great success was achieved in London. The start of the energy revolution in London has thus been made, even six months before the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in central London. Further buses are to be deployed in 2019.

Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy (centre) with Jane Lewis, Managing Director of The Original Tour (left) and Ronan Bois, Director of the Sightseeing Business Unit of RATP Dev (right) at the opening of the first 100% E-Hop-On-Hop-Off-Sightseeing Bus presented by The Original Tour in Westminster.

Positive results and profit for the environment

Vehicle-neutral drive
Installation in various bus types and vehicles

Gaining space + full low-floor setup
Better passenger utilisation + high comfort +
continuous accessibility

High drive efficiency
Battery size can be reduced
More mileage

Lower consumption during operation
Reduced operating costs + energy savings

Direct drive
Low maintenance, service-friendly + market-leading
low noise level

Online monitoring system
Relevant data such as vehicle operations as well
as savings can be called in real time on the PC
or Smartphone

ZAwheel® is versatile and offers emission-free solutions for all city buses and commercial vehicles:
▪ As rear-axle drive in solo buses
▪ As rear-axle drive (pusher) and/or centre axle
(puller) in articulated buses
Additional advantages:
▪ Reduced tyre wear in articulated buses
▪ Improved traction by combination of two driven axles and single wheel drive

The ZAwheel® axle drive module
1 ZAwheel® motor with integrated inverter 2 Rim 3 Shock
4 Chassisbeam and crossbeam for axle guidance
5 Low-floor frame and brake system 6 Air suspension 7 Suspension arms 8 Brake cylinder