For the Daimler Bus brand EvoBus, Mercedes-Benz Minibus and Setra, Busworld 2013 is both a closure and a new start with the the successful completion and implementation of the EURO 6 emission standard. This conversion is linked to a brand-new generation of engines. Power train auxiliaries allow for optimized fuel consumption and are designed so as to reduce weight and number of components. This means that, for the entire line, the rear drive and engine compartment have been totally redesigned. In addition, numerous tests as well as customer feedback prove that the new generation of coaches solves the contradiction between ecology and economy since it is more fuel efficient, although not heavier, than its predecessors.
At Busworld 2013 Kortrijk, visitors had the opportunity to examine five coaches, including the 'world premiere' Sprinter Travel with numerous breakthrough innovations.
The Telma Retarder, and in particular the Telma AE 30-35 is part of these innovations and contributes to the success of the line. And the Sprinter Travel EURO 6 version is equipped with a Telma Retarder, as factory option or standard.
With a Telma Retarder on board a Euro 6 vehicle, reliability, safety and comfort are guaranteed.
The result: no actuation of the service brake, no noise, no wear. Thus, the Telma Retarder takes over 90% of all braking operations, economically and quietly. To activate the retarder, the driver simply uses the brake pedal, with support from the vehicle electronics and the integrated brake foot control management.
A combination of hand and foot control provides customers with a high level of efficiency, convenience, and safety, without any compromise. Thanks to a reduction of service break wear, there are fewer visits to the workshop and the life expectancy of the service brakes is significantly greater.
Telma Retarders increase the vehicle usage (less down time) and efficiency, ensuring a good return on investment.
Indeed, 33 vehicles were equipped with Telma retarders, especially with the new retarder product range AF and the Euro 6 control system iRCS.
Telma created potential business leads with Scania who planning to be in India from Q4 2013, Deccan Auto collaborating with Zhongtong buses for which we have many Telma releases in China.
Telma also discussed with Mr. Bhanot – Chairman TECD to test Telma retarders with one of their clients to measure its performance. These potential leads can be converted into substantiate business opportunities in 2013.
Coaches for intercity applications built by Volvo Buses India Pvt Ltd (VBI) of Hosakote, Bangalore are now to be equipped with retarders from electromagnetic retarder specialist, Telma Retarder India Pvt Ltd, which is based Purasawalkam, Chennai.
Telma India (established in October 2012), a wholly-owned subsidiary of France’s, Telma SA, is to provide the gear box mounting variant of its retarders for the new rear-engine powered Volvo ‘Asia1’ buses. (Volvo has developed a new range of lower cost buses, which it calls its Asia bus range, which it is to begin manufacturing, shortly). Telma’s electromagnetic retarders are to replace the hydraulic retarders used in earlier versions of Volvo’s bus range. Telma said that the change was due to the harsh sub-tropical climate and the irregular traffic conditions in India, where electromagnetic retarders fare well compared with its competition.
M Sriram, managing director, Telma Retarders India, remarked. “We have already secured orders for around 200 units for the year 2013-14, which we believe will grow to more than 1000 during theyear 2014-15.”
Telma retarders are fitted already by Ashok Leyland. Telma says that its retarders are currently undergoing testing with Tata Motors, AMW, SML and Isuzu.
Telma, which says that its electro-magnetic retarders are already being used in India by Daimler in the Mercedes Actros 4841 tipper (Telma claims it is the first time a tipper is fitted with a retarder in India), for mining applications and suggests that the vehicles brake life can be extended up to seven times by fitting its electro-magnetic retarder. Telma also says its retarders are predominantly used for stop and go operations, with 85% of its brake power capable of acting at just three km/h, which, Telma points out makes it ideal for slow moving traffic in India.
’Asia’ bus represents the low-cost, localized versions of it’s rear-engine powered buses (9100 4x2 intercity coach) made by Volvo for India and other Asian markets. Specification: 12m rear engine, 45 seats, intercity coach with 240hp EUR III Volvo D7E 240 CRDI Engine, 6DS 100 TA 6-speed 1000 N-m torque transmission and ABS fitted as standard.