Optare to exhibit at IAA Hannover

Optare is to exhibit its highly successful Solo midibus on the Ashok Leyland stand at IAA Hannover between the 20th and 27th of September.

The stand, numbered A21 in hall 11, will also showcase AVIA, Ashok Leyland’s Czech truck and bus chassis operation, which will exhibit four models from its range, and Russian associate Volgabus, which will show one of its new concept medium duty bus models.

The Solo exhibit is a 9.5m left hand drive variant, with front entrance and centre exit. It is powered by a Cummins ISBe, six-cylinder turbo diesel engine which develops 150kW/201bhp, and has a capacity of 6.70 litres. The transmission is the Allison 2100 series, five-speed fully automatic, with an electromagnetic retarder automatically actuated through the brake pedal.

It has seating for 26 plus a wheelchair location, and has a fully integral low-weight, high-strength stainless steel structure, with a combination of modular aluminium alloy and glass fibre exterior panels. Full air suspension with front end kneeling, and full air disc brakes are standard features of the Solo range.

Optare’s unique demountable driveline concept, with the engine, gearbox, cooling and exhaust system fitted to a demountable frame, with the ability to specify several alternative low carbon mechanical packages, such as diesel electric hybrid, or zero emission full electric, within the same physical space is expected to draw particular attention.

Jim Sumner, Optare’s CEO, commented: “This is the first time an Optare vehicle has appeared on this prestigious European stage and is a direct result of our association with Ashok Leyland. We believe that with the challenging economic environment being faced across Europe, our fuel efficient midi-bus products offer hard pressed operators a serious alternative to more traditional transport solutions”.