King’s Ferry orders three more i6s
National Express-owned The Kings Ferry – the Kent-based commuter specialist – has ordered three more Irizar i6 Integral coaches.
The 12.2-metre 49-seaters are to The Kings Ferry’s exacting specification and follow the purchase of an i6 VIP tri-axle (the vehicle shown top right) last year – the first Euro 6 Irizar i6 Integral sold by Irizar UK. Buying three more i6 coaches was a natural move, says The King’s Ferry’s Managing Director, Ian Fraser.
“The i6 Integral we bought last year is performing above expectation, so we see the purchase of three more as carrying no risk and we believe we will see a strong improvement on fuel economy,” said Ian. Rigorous DAF testing on the re-engineered 2015 MX series engines is, indeed, suggesting as much as 5% better fuel economy.
The three coaches – to be delivered for summer – feature DAF’s PACCAR MX11-271 engines to Euro 6 emissions standard, but The King’s Ferry has unusually selected an EcoLife, six-speed fully-automatic transmission, partly because the newly-revised ZF gearbox delivers much-improved fuel economy over its predecessor.
“We are very pleased The King’s Ferry has come back to us for some of its mainstream fleet replacement,” said Irizar UK’s Commercial Director, Steve O’Neill. “This order also demonstrates the flexibility of the i6 coach, and of the factory, in precisely meeting the most demanding specification.”
The three coaches (livery design bottom right) are all DDA compliant, with destination screens front and back, and a side-mounted wheelchair lift, so they can be used on the Gillingham-based company’s extensive commuter operation into central London as well as the broad variety of corporate and private hire.