Plaxton, in conjunction with Eminox Limited, experts in the design and manufacture of exhaust after-treatment systems to reduce emissions for heavy-duty vehicles, has successfully concluded trials that will enable Elite coaches on Volvo B9R chassis to be converted to Euro 6 specification.
Jamie MacIntosh, Used Vehicle Sales Manager at Plaxton and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), said that extended trials have now validated a retrofit system that will enable Volvo B9R Euro 5 coaches to meet Euro 6 emissions standards and comply with London’s forthcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone, as well as the growing number of clean air zones throughout the UK.
He commented: “We’ve been working closely with Eminox, currently the only approved supplier of a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme certified at Euro 6 for coaches, and we now have a bespoke solution.”
Jamie added: “While this project has been specifically about a bespoke system for the Plaxton Elite body, Eminox’s approved B9R system has been developed to upgrade other bodies such as the Leopard and Panther.”
Martin Dunleavy, General Manager of Used Bus and Coach Sales at ADL commented: “These trials have been an overwhelming success and we look forward to taking the product further. The outcome also represents a real boost for the second hand coach market as many operators have been caught in a quandary about writing off perfectly good coaches or investing in full-price new models. Now they have a meaningful, cost-efficient option.”
James Thorpe, UK Sales Manager at Eminox, said “Our commitment to developing systems for the coach industry continues in 2019. We understand the demands from the market and can provide a cost-efficient solution for operators to meet Euro 6 emissions standards with ADL Plaxton.”
Handshakes all round from ADL’s Jamie MacIntosh (left) and James Thorpe, of Eminox, as the first retrofit Plaxton Elite comes off the line.