2009 - 2018: Cooperate for top performances
AC Transit announces that it will buy four additional fuel cell buses. At the beginning of 2008, AC Transit placed the largest single order of fuel cell buses in American history; an order of eight Van Hool A330 fuel cell buses. The total order of 12 fuel cell buses is delivered in 2009 and 2010.,At the public transport trade fair UITP in Vienna (Austria), Van Hool introduces the range of hybrid diesel buses: a midi-bus (A308Hyb), a standard bus (A300Hyb) and an articulated bus (AG300Hyb). The buses are significantly more silent and up to 25% more fuel-efficient.,At Busworld 2009 in Kortrijk (Belgium), Van Hool leaves a lasting impression by revealing a number of new innovations to the coach world. The panorama coach, the Astronef, offers the space of the Astron with a panoramic theatre seat layout. There are also some innovations for the Altano. The T919 Altano offers the driver a compact yet efficient separate workspace. In the TD920 and the TD921 Altano, a large wheelchair space is foreseen on the lower deck. The luxury double-earner T9 Atlon is introduced and offers a mix of the efficiency of urban buses and the luxury of a travel coach for luxurious intercity routes. There are also novelties in the bus range. Amongst others, a new generation of fuel cell buses for the USA is introduced. ,At Busworld, Van Hool is awarded the prestigious ‘Bus Builder of the Year’ award. During the comparative testing prior to Busworld, the fuel cell bus won the ‘Grand Environment’ award. ,Public transport invests in environmentally friendly alternative power.,De Lijn decides on a first investment of 35 hybrid buses. In June, De Lijn orders an additional 44 hybrid buses (12 metres) to be used in in Leuven, Antwerp and Hasselt (Belgium). Also in the Netherlands, hybrid buses are on the road. Commissioned by the Province of Zuid-Holland (the Netherlands), Connexxion orders four standard hybrid buses (type A300). Connexxion orders an additional 20 extra hybrid diesel-electric buses of the same type for the further expansion of their environmentally friendly network.,In 2009, the companies Van Hool and Corneel Geerts Transport celebrate the 50th anniversary of their collaboration. Den Hartogh places an order of 50 tank trailers. ,From 20 until 24 November, the biennial international trade fair Trailer takes place in the Expo in Kortrijk (Belgium). Van Hool wants to show that there is still life after the crisis and presents an innovative tank container for the transport of cryogen gasses, as well as a new multilift system for multilift containers. ,In Italy, Gammabus becomes our new dealer. Gammabus supports the sale and service of urban, intercity and regional transport in Italy. Milan signs an agreement with Van Hool and Vossloh Kiepe for an order of 50 to 90 trolley buses.,Stagecoach, the well-known English express service, orders 26 new double-decker buses for the service between Oxford and London.
Van Hool continues to profile itself as a flexible bus constructor with the introduction of the Bibus, a mobile library for the municipality of Zwevegem (Belgium). ,The City of Oakland (California, USA) has started a free Broadway shuttle to connect the most important neighbourhoods. In collaboration with bus company AC Transit, three Van Hool A300K buses are deployed.,Oslo (Norway) orders five fuel cell buses as part of a European programme for hydrogen buses.,Even Google appreciates the buses of Van Hool and orders 44 coaches of the type T2145 for the transport of its staff. The vehicles are equipped with desks and Internet, so the staff does not lose any time and can start working i,mmediately.,The 400th trailer is delivered to Mammoet Ferry Transport. ,After the T9 Atlon, the T9 Atlino is introduced at the IAA trade fair. The Atlino is the twin of the T9 Atlon with a lower floor height – an often-demanded requirement in the view of subsidies.,At the trade fair Transports Publics in Paris (France), the A330 Hybrid is presented. The new A330 hybrid is characterised by the placement of the diesel group: vertically at the rear left of the vehicle, allowing for a spacious platform at the middle door. Also, in the hybrid versions, all characteristics of a modern low-floor bus remain: a low step at all doors, wide access doors, a low floor across the full length of the vehicle, accessibility for wheelchairs and prams, large panoramic windows, optimal climate control, etc.
On the occasion of the UITP World Congress in Dubai (UAE), Van Hool presents the Exqui.City, a vehicle that combines the shape of a tram with the flexibility of a bus. ,Busworld 2011 in Kortrijk (Belgium) is the occasion for the presentation of the TX, a completely new range of touring coaches. The TX range is the successor of the widely known and appreciated T9 range. The latest newcomer from the Van Hool workshop is the result of over 60 years of experience in the construction of coaches matched with the company’s future-oriented vision with regards to the safety and comfort of passengers and drivers. It comes as no surprise that the TX instantly receives the ‘Grand Award Coach’ and the ‘Environment Award’.,At Busworld, Van Hool also showcases the first road-ready version of the Exqui.City. The Exqui.City is a so-called "tram-bus", which combines the best of two worlds. The vehicle combines the flexibility of a bus with the efficiency of a tram. The heart of the Exqui.City, both in the 18-metre and the 24-metre version, is the multi-propulsion platform, which uses various environmentally friendly power systems, such as trolley buses, hybrid systems, fuel cells or batteries.,Polskibus, the international transport network that offers transport between Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, signs a contract for 50 new TX coaches.,The Van Hool T917 Astron of Parrys International wins the ‘Coach of the Year’ award in the UK.,On Thursday 16 June 2011, Mr Jos Van Hool, Director of the Industrial Vehicles division, passes away. As the second son, he founded the company “Van Hool and Sons” together with his father Bernard Van Hool and his brothers.
Van Hool celebrates its 65th anniversary this year.,On 20 July 2012, in Skopje (Macedonia), the first stone is placed on the site where the new bus factory of Van Hool Macedonia will be constructed. Van Hool received two American orders for a total of 510 vehicles. The orders were placed by ABC, Van Hool’s American distributor, of which the company holds a 35% share. In order to produce the first order of 300 vehicles, the company announced that it was forced to produce these vehicles abroad, as a result of the higher labour cost in Belgium.,We also see the first deliveries of the first Van Hool TX in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and England.,This year, there is the delivery of the 200th Van Hool gas tank container for Hoyer. The containers are mainly used for the growing sea transport to the Middle East, Russia and China. In July, exactly 25 years ago, Van Hool made its first delivery to Hoyer. To date, the counter has passed 6000 units. ,ICTS, specialised in the rental of trailers and container chassis, orders 150 mega-trailers. The mega-trailers have a length of 13.60 metres and an interior height of 3 metres; they are equipped with an adjustable lifting roof and are constructed according to the latest safety norms with regards to load assurance.,Especially for the city of Metz (France), the Exqui.City design Mettis was developed. It is a 24-metre, double articulated, hybrid diesel-electric vehicle, and is a variation based on the design of the original Exqui.City. With this project, Van Hool wins the appreciation of the French market of BHNS (“Bus à Haut Niveau de Service”, or high-level service bus) vehicles. This will be the first BHNS fleet in France. The city of Metz Métropole has decided to place an order for 27 Exqui.City buses. The presentation of this new form of public transport takes place at Transports Publics 2012 in Paris (France).,Orders for the Exqui.City are streaming in for the cities of Parma (Italy), Metz (France), Barcelona (Spain), Geneva (Switzerland) and Malmö (Sweden).,Van Hool delivers five fuel cell buses in Oslo (Norway) and builds the largest airport bus in the world for the airport in Algeria
This year, Van Hool celebrates 25 years of collaboration with its partner ABC, the exclusive dealer of Van Hool vehicles in North America. ABC Companies is a leading supplier to private and public transport companies and offers products and services that cover a full range of operational requirements, including new and second-hand equipment for very large intercity coaches, midsized commuter buses and urban buses with an advanced design.,This celebration is marked by the introduction of new American models: the TX40, the TX45 and the CX45, which will replace the old Commuter, the C2045 and the T2145.,Van Hool delivers the largest fleet of fuel cell buses in Europe: 22 units for the city of Aberdeen (Scotland). Most recently, orders were also noted for the province of Liguria (San Remo, Italy) for five units and Nordrhein-Westfalen (Cologne and Hürth, Germany) for two units. In January of this year, De Lijn orders five buses with the support of the Flemish government.,At Busworld, Van Hool is one of the first to present a complete range of Euro 6-ready buses. In premiere, Van Hool presents its first fully electronic bus, the A308 E.,The first vehicle manufactured at Van Hool Macedonia leaves the factory.,At the Industrial Vehicles division, client Charlier orders 49 trailers. It is an order for 38 curtainsiders with a tailgate, whereby a lot of attention is given to the load security, as well as 11 box trailers with a tailgate.,Cool Solutions orders 60 trailers. These are 60 ferry trailers with a length of 13.60 metres, and which are equipped with inner sideboards, a reinforced chassis and a sturdy superstructure that meets the most stringent norms regarding load security.,Van Hool develops a coordination bus for the Fire Department of Antwerp (Belgium). A fully tailored TX11 Alicron is equipped to coordinate the rescue operations in case of large-scale disasters.,Filip Van Hool is appointed CEO of Van Hool. For the first time in the history of Van Hool, an overall manager is appointed for both the Bus & Car division and for the Industrial Vehicles division.,This year, Van Hool delivers the team bus for the cycling teams Lotto Belisol and Omega Pharma Quick-Step. Like many vehicles for football and cycling teams, these vehicles are fully tailored in order to support the athletes as well as possible during competitions.,The 27 units of the Exqui.City design Mettis are revealed in a spectacular way in the city of Metz (France).,Van Hool designs the TDX29 Astromega, a new sleeper coach for the international express routes of Stagecoach.
Mandel Car receives the keys for their TDX27 Astromega double-decker coach, thus making the delivery of the first Van Hool TX touring coach with the new Euro 6 engine on the Belgian market a reality. The Euro 6 engine has ± 75 % less NOx emissions and ± 50 % less soot emissions than a similar engine of the previous generation. ,The first Exqui.City is delivered for Malmö (Sweden), which will ultimately be receiving a total of 15 of these 24m long hybrid buses (biogas-electricity). Orders have also been recorded for Martinique and Bergen (Norway).,The Van Hool factory in Macedonia is officially inaugurated in the presence of the Prime Minister of Macedonia and numerous other Macedonian government officials. ,Starting in 2015, Van Hool is building in Macedonia a new type of ´standardised´ coach for Europe and new markets. The new vehicle is called the ´EX´ (pronounced: e-iks) and will be available as of the end of 2014. The EX comes in response to the increasing demand for lower cost vehicles. It enables Van Hool to compete on markets that were formerly inaccessible because of the low sales prices of these vehicles. ,The renewed American CX line will also be built in Macedonia.,On the occasion of the centenary commemoration of the Great War, Van Hool in collaboration with De Lijn transformed an AG300 bus into a mobile exhibition, the Albert I bus. In it, the movements and actions of the Belgian army during the war are explained with text and images. ,Van Hool unveils its latest coach, the ´EX´, in a world premiere at IAA.,A record order of over 1,000 coaches has been booked for ABC, the exclusive Van Hool dealer for the American market. It includes a range of models with a total value of over 300 million euros. ,5 fuel cell buses of the A330 model are delivered to De Lijn. The buses are powered by hydrogen combined with an electrical engine, therefore producing absolutely no harmful emissions. They are thus amongst the world’s most environmentally-friendly buses. They will be put into service in Antwerp as of 1 December 2014.
Van Hool develops a new sort of 45 ft tank container together with BASF. The aim was to create a new system that would make conventional rail transport just as quick and flexible as combined transport without losing the advantage of the existing high load capacities of conventional rail transport.,Van Hool will lead a consortium of 14 partners in six European Member States which together, in the period 2015 to 2019 inclusive, will see 21 hydrogen powered buses in London (UK), Rome (I), Rotterdam (NL), Cherbourg (F) and Flanders (B) put into service. ,The threshold of 100 sold EXs is exceeded and the range is expanded with the usual variations and length and seating plans. 2015 also sees the launch of the first EX for the British market: the EX16H.
The first fully electric Exqui.City for Hamburg (Germany) is unveiled at the Transports Publics exhibition in Paris on 14 June 2016. The brand new vehicle is an 18.61 m long articulated trambus with a capacity of 117 passengers and an autonomy of 120 km. ,In the spring of 2016 Van Hool is forced to close the EOS branch in Bree as a result of increasing competition on the market for standardised buses.
Van Hool IV had an impressive order book, with an order from BASF for 482 tank containers. The tank container developed by Van Hool and BASF is optimised for rail transport and will possibly lead to a further shift of chemical goods transport from road to railway.
The Exqui.City concept is very popular. The city of Pau in France, for example, placed an order for 8 hydrogen-powered Exqui.City or tram-buses. The use of hydrogen buses is not only a first for France it is also a world first for a full BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system with 18-metre-long articulated trambuses.
Van Hool announced that it is to build the first 100% electric coach for the American market. It will be a CX45E model, which has a working radius of approximately 300 km and will primarily be used for commuting by groups of employees and/or regular transportation of passengers over shorter distances. The vehicle will be tested for the first time at the end of 2018.
Van Hool is to build 30 hydrogen buses for Cologne and 10 for Wuppertal (Germany), making it the largest order ever for hydrogen buses in Europe, a reward for Van Hool’s constant commitment to new technologies and ecological solutions.
Thanks to a number of significant orders, the factory was running at full capacity and at one point there was even a shortage of skilled manpower, with 235 open vacancies. A job day was organised, which resulted in more than 60 jobs being filled.
Van Hool is to build 58 trambuses for Trondheim (Norway). This is the largest order ever for the Van Hool Exqui.City ‘trambuses’. The vehicle will be a bi-articulated 24-metre diesel hybrid.
Van Hool is to build a factory in Morristown, Tennessee, USA, where around 400 buses will be produced annually for the North American public transport market. The “Buy America Act” obliges Van Hool to build a local factory if it wants to sell buses on the American public bus market, where there is a huge amount of growth potential.