Centaur orders five vehicles to DDA commuter specification
Kent-based commuter operator Centaur has committed to five wheelchair-accessible i6 coaches in its first order with Irizar UK.
The fleet order is for four 12.9-metre, Integral i6s with 55 seats and one 14-metre i6 Integral. All are to scheduled service specification, with Hanover destination blinds at front, rear and side, wood-effect flooring, centre sunken toilet, Actia/Bosch media system, USB charging points,will get WiFi, and all have a PLS wheelchair lift installed at the centre, kerbside.
The 12.9-metre i6s have DAF’s MX11 271, 369bhp Euro 6 engine coupled with a ZF Ecolife automatic gearbox – now a revised design capable of being matched with high-powered engines. The 14-metre i6 has the MX11 320 435bhp Euro 6 engine, coupled with Ecolife gearbox.
ZF’s Ecolife automatic gearbox has been re-engineered and up-rated, and is now available for all the DAF engine options for Irizar Integral coaches, with the exception of the MX13 375, 510bhp variant.
Centaur’s Transport Manager, Patrick Sims, says the coaches will be working on a mix of London commuter work and private hire: “We have long admired the i6 Integral so it was only logical for us to speak with Irizar UK regarding our fleet renewal plans for 2017,” said Patrick.
“The ‘can-do’ attitude from Irizar has helped us achieve a versatile set of vehicles able to handle a demanding mix of commuting and private hire operations, as well as meeting the stringent emission and licensing standards needed to operate vehicles in London. We look forward to receiving the vehicles next year and seeing how they perform.”
Centaur’s order follows a number of fleet orders for operators in the UK, some repeat orders for the iconic and stylish i6 Integral.