SIGMA: Mellor lifts lid on all-new electric bus range

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UK bus manufacturer Mellor is ‘redefining zero-emissions public transport’ after revealing details of its all-new, zero-emissions electric bus range.

Key points:

  • Mellor ‘redefines zero-emissions public transport’ with new Sigma range
  • Multiple models from 7 to 12-metres with door and width variants to meet demand
  • Electric-only range in response to global attitudes towards zero emission public transport
  • 7 and 10-metre models to debut in December marking start of phased introduction
  • Orders to be taken immediately with European type approval in place.
  • “…a redefinition of the zero-emissions bus offering and one which will see Mellor establish itself as a major player with fleet customers” Mark Clissett, Bus Division MD

Designated ‘Sigma’, the new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) line-up comprises six individual models – with overall lengths from 7 to 12-metres and GVWs from 8 to 19-tonnes, width and passenger door configuration to further broaden the range – making Sigma one of the largest ranges of low-floor BEV buses from any manufacturer in Europe.

Making the announcement, Mellor has released two ‘teaser’ images, ahead of a launch next month.

Electric-only Sigma range answers call for cleaner transport 

In the most significant repositioning of Mellor’s commercial activities in its history, the new zero-emissions Sigma range comes to market as global attitudes to transport focus on a more sustainable future and where concerns over vehicle CO2 emissions see pressure exerted on governments and local authorities to provide funding for bus operators.

The move is a bold statement of intent from the Rochdale-based bus manufacturer as it seeks to further enhance its presence with UK bus fleet operators. With the widest range of model variants and specifications on the market, Mellor believes its ongoing mandate to produce size- and cost-appropriate vehicles means Sigma’s unrivalled choice will – for the first time – provide customers with a no-compromise, zero-emissions transport solution from a single manufacturer.

Lightweight Sigma models reduce energy consumption

Key to the operational appeal of the new Mellor Sigma will be a significant weight saving across all models compared to competitor vehicles, in turn, reducing energy consumption while enhancing operational performance and range.

Mellor believes Sigma redefines the zero-emissions offering for public transport operators, finally providing customers with a complete range of BEVs to deliver clean, sustainable solutions to suit route profiles ranging from constricted town centres to long-distance rural services.

Six Sigma models in phased introduction

The Sigma range also places Mellor firmly in the midi-bus sector serving BEV markets in the UK and overseas. Initial 7 and 10-metre Sigma models are available immediately for order and will be unveiled at a special launch event at Millbrook in December. Customers placing orders today can expect delivery by early summer 2022. A further four models, including 8, 9, 11 and 12-metre variants, will be phased-in during 2022, with customer deliveries also expected within the same period.

With six model options, the multi-variant Sigma BEV range retains Mellor’s core principle of producing both size- and cost-appropriate buses. Sigma also boasts an extensive choice of widths, operating ranges and gross vehicle weights, allowing the company to offer a truly no-compromise vehicle specification and allowing Mellor to enter previously untapped markets.

“Here we are at the start of a new chapter in the history of Mellor,” said Mellor’s Bus Division Managing Director Mark Clissett, “our new Sigma range is a redefinition of the zero-emissions bus offering and one which will see Mellor establish itself as a major player with fleet customers, both in the UK and in overseas markets. With six new base models, and a range of options, we are sticking to our size- and cost-appropriate principles and, more than any other manufacturer, able to offer customers an exacting BEV solution for their precise requirements.

“We’re really excited with the prospect of shaking-up the market with this fantastic new product,” he said, “Sigma not only marks a turning point for Mellor, it is also the most important product introduction of its kind from any bus builder in the last decade.”

About Mellor

Rochdale-based Mellor is a leading manufacturer of size-appropriate buses to suit a wide range of operations, with a 27,000sq.ft. manufacturing facility comprising state-of-the-art production equipment and processes

Boasting a 60-year history, Mellor is well established as a key vehicle manufacturer in the North-West

Plans for new 54,000sq.ft Mellor (Scarborough) facility scheduled for completion in 2022

Three production lines, 500-vehicle per year capacity, 130-strong skilled workforce

Sigma is the model designation for Mellor’s new range of BEV midi-buses, from 7 to 12-metres and 8 to 19-tonnes GVW

Further product range includes Strata, Orion, Maxima and Tucana

Low-floor, zero-emissions electric and accessible model variants with a wide range of seating options

Mellor is part of the Woodall Nicholson group of companies that comprises Mellor, Coleman Milne, VCS Ambulance, VCS Police, Treka Bus, Binz International and Promech Technologies

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