The National Transport Authority (NTA) has placed an order with Dutch manufacturer VDL Bus & Coach for 53 double-deck Futura FDD2-141 buses.
The coaches will be delivered in two phases this year and will be used on regional and commuter bus services.
Marcel Jacobs, commercial director of VDL Bus & Coach, describes the order from the NTA as an important next step.
He says: “VDL Bus & Coach has occupied a prominent position with the Futura for public transport applications in Ireland for more than a decade. With this large order for double-deck coaches, we can now further expand this position.
“The cooperation with the NTA and its contracted operators has been excellent for many years and we are very grateful that we can now continue this.”
The Futura FDD2-141 buses are built to a bespoke public transport specification, with two passenger doorways and two stairways, while ceiling height on both the lower and upper decks is 1.82 metres.
Meanwhile, the Futura range offers low operating costs, thanks to its low vehicle weight and efficient powertrain.
The buses that will be delivered to Ireland are equipped with a powerful and economical DAF MX11 engine with a power output of 330 kW/450 hp and a torque of 2,300 Nm. This engine is combined with a 12-speed automated ZF Traxon gearbox.
The driveline is equipped with Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC), which takes into account altitude differences and adapts the shifting strategy accordingly, with the aim of saving fuel.