- Mar 26, 2017
- landrover/rolls royce/MB AMG S600/Prius
They are most likely hybrids The powerpack is Cummins and the engines no doubt will be built in Daventry at Cummins UK .MB engines part of the German deal i wonder, unless these new buses are hybrids.
This will mean they get UK/EU certification whereas Cummins in the US gets Fed & Calif certifications.
The powerpack is not unlike many high capacity buses already in proven service in the US with companies like Gillig Bus of Hayward Ca.
By Alex Roman, METRO Magazine: GILLIG, in partnership with Cummins, unveiled its new 40-foot Battery Electric Bus, another step on a long journey for two of the biggest stalwarts in the heavy-duty transit bus industry.
I was seconded to this company when I worked for Leyland Bus, and Gillig was buying the Leyland U66 underframe & suspension systems for their Phantom bus range.
I was recently recalling this, as I was a regular passenger on TWA leaving London at 12 noon out of LHR to JFK on Sundays.
As a side bar !
Often I would be greeted at the jetway by this hot shapely chick of a flight attendant with the "big hair " of that era . She used to do JFK LHR Tel Aviv or New Delhi run.
(Sounds corny but it was love at first sight)
I never dared to ask her for a date thought, since I was alway flying on to SFO, or down to South America way, Argentina Uruguay Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, all with TWA. Great airline & always got you a connection.
About 10 years on and doing something quite different, I ran into her in Denver . (what at a coincidence)
Got married 6 weeks later, and we have been together for 25 years now, our anniversary coming up on July 13th.
Wife, (from Sandpoint Idaho) business partner and mother of our 6 kids.
I suppose thank you TWA, now long forgotten like Leyland Trucks & Buses that was once upon a time a big foreign revenue earner for the UK.
Now it fiddles with everyone's money.