Mellor announces new Sigma range
Mellor has released more details of its new range of electric buses, after teasing them earlier this month.
Designated ‘Sigma’, the new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) line-up comprises six individual models with overall lengths from 7-metres to 12-metres and GVWs from 8- to 19-tonnes, width and passenger door configuration to further broaden the range. Mellor believes this diversity makes Sigma one of the largest ranges of low-floor BEV buses from any manufacturer in Europe.
With this range of model variants and specifications, 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 what it describes as a no-compromise, zero-emissions transport solution from a single manufacturer. According to the manufacturer, the Sigma range will provide a complete range of BEVs to deliver clean, sustainable solutions to suit route profiles ranging from constricted town centres to long-distance rural services.
Mellor claims part of the appeal of the new range will be a significant weight saving across all models compared to competitor vehicles, in turn, reducing energy consumption while enhancing operational performance and range.
Initial 7-metre 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, according to Mellor. 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.
Mellor believes the range gives it an opportunity to enter previously untapped markets.
“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” – Mellor’s Bus Division Managing Director, Mark Clissett
“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. 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.”