宇通ZK6128HGE Yutong ZK6128HGE
編號 Class：5001 - 5025
In Aug ., 2011, when the new mode of bus service was introduced to Macau, several trunk routes with high patronage like 1, 3 and 10 were transferred to the latest bus operator, Reolian. Reolian already allocated it highest capacity bus model Yutong ZK6118HGE low floor on these services, however, this model only 10.5m long and can only carry 68 passengers, they cannot relief the demand, especially for route 1 and 3, as the Higer 12m step-entranced bus did in the Transmac era with 90 passengers can be carried.
Yutong first prepared a ZK6128HG1 12m full-sized super low floor demonstrator to KMB for evaluation in 2012, this bus is powered by a Cummins engine with ZF fully automatic gearbox. After KMB refused to evaluate, Yutong then arranged this demonstrator to Macau in Sep ., 2013 and decorated with the standard Reolian livery. During the time in Macau, this demonstrator only received a temporary license number T360 and Reolian classed it as 3088, following the ZK6118HGE fleet number. Reolian promoted this demonstrator as a brand new 12m super low floor bus complied with Euro 5 emission standard, equipped with kneeing system and ramp. This ZK6128HG1 prototype never started any evaluation on revenue service until pressure imposed by different parties and finally deployed on route 3 running between Jetfoil and Portas do Cerco since Nov., 2013. The bus never get any success in Macau as Reolian declared bankrupt afterwards and it was returned to Yutong finally.
When the entire networks of Reolian was taken over by New Era, a batch of new buses included 25 ZK6128HGEs was acquired from Yutong as one of the move to improve the service standard. In contrast to the ZK6128HG1, the appearance of ZK6128HGE is same as the Yutong operated in Taipei. All of the ZK6128HGE are powered by Euro 4 standard Yuchai engine with Allison fully automatic gearbox, the standard combination in both New Era and TCM fleet.
The low floor area of the ZK6128HGE started from the entrance until the rear part of the cabin, not only offer the most convenience to commuters but also encourage passengers moving into the cabin. Carrying capacity of Yutong ZK6128HGE is 84 passengers with 26 seats offered and carry 9 to 16 passengers more than the ZK6118HGE.
All ZK6128HGE were delivered to Macau since Nov ., 2014 and registered for service between the end of Dec ., 2014 and Jan ., 2015. Since they are suitable for service with high demand and frequent loading, New Era deployed the ZK6128HGE mainly on route 3, 3X and 10 running along the Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro.
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