Seeing Red

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Iveco chassis with Cummins ISLe5 power is highly rated at Red Bus Services.

Cummins ISLe5 engines are providing “exceptional” fuel economy for Red Bus Services on the NSW Central Coast.

Red Bus Services operates over 90 vehicles on route service, school and day charter work on the NSW Central Coast.

Owned by the Shore family, the company’s buses link The Entrance, Gosford and Wyong areas. Around 8000 school children are moved daily by Red Bus.

Over the last two years or so, the Red Bus fleet has expanded from 65 to 93 vehicles, requiring over 120 drivers and a maintenance staff of 12.

“I went to the Bus Expo in Melbourne in 2002 specifically to look for a chassis that we could standardise on in the years ahead,” says John Shore Jnr, depot and fleet manager at Red Bus.

“We also wanted to rationalise our parts inventory because we had a number of different chassis brands at the time.”

His final decision was the Iveco Metro LE chassis with Cummins power.

The Iveco initially came with the 8.3-litre ISC and is now powered by the 8.9-litre ISLe5 which uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, meaning the exhaust is dosed with a urea solution for emissions reduction.

Red Bus currently operates 16 ISC-powered Ivecos rated at 265 hp, and 12 with the ISLe5 engine rated at 275 hp.

“Our decision to go with Iveco and Cummins was due largely to the technical and service support that was offered and we haven’t been let down,” says John Shore. “Having access to Cummins service software and tools has been a real benefit.”

Red Bus fleet manager John Shore Jnr...describes fuel economy and performance of the Cummins ISLe5 as “exceptional”.

Red Bus has Cummins Insite, a service diagnostic program for troubleshooting electronic engines, and access to Cummins QuickServe Online for parts and service information. It also owns a QuickCheck hand-held tool for monitoring engine data.

“With the ISC, we didn’t have a lot to do with Cummins because of the reliability of the engine,” says John Shore.

“We had some teething problems with the ISLe5 but Cummins backed us all the way. We get excellent support from Cummins in Newcastle…in fact, the whole Cummins organisation has been very good.”

He describes the fuel economy and performance of the ISLe5 as “exceptional”.

The 275 hp ISLe5 engines are averaging (with urea usage included) just under 40 litres/100 km while the 265 hp ISCs are averaging 43 litres/100 km. Most of the ISCs have a diesel oxidation catalyst for emissions reduction.

The Ivecos, stirred by Allison six-speed autos, have Custom Coaches 12.5-metre bodies with seating for 51 and average around 160,000 km a year.

Red Bus Service’s commitment to the NSW Central Coast is well entrenched, a commitment that is underpinned by the company’s decision to have the Iveco Metro LE chassis at the core of its fleet to ensure the continuation of a reliable, environmentally-friendly service to its passengers.

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