Van Hool AG300

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Van Hool AG300
Van Hool AG300
Years of manufacture 1993 to present
Length 60 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel, Electricity,Diesel-Electric Hybrid
Van Hool AG300

The Van Hool AG300 is a low floor, articulated transit bus. It was first introduced in 1993 followed by introduction to North America in 2001 with the Réseau de transport de Longueuil.

Design

Unlike North American low floor, articulated buses, the AG300 has a mid-mounted drivetrain. The early design had the cooling system mounted beside the engine. Later models would have a distinctive front hood on the roof that houses the engine cooling system. This new location helps protect it from dirt, debris, and water. This mounting also allows fast moving air that bounces off the windscreen up under the hood to cool the engine. Because the air generated from the vehicle's motion helps cool the engine, the cooling system can be made smaller and does not have to work as hard.

In addition to a standard diesel drivetrain, the AG300 could be configured for CNG fuel and electric trolleybus operations. In early 2009, a diesel-electric hybrid version was made available. At this time, the CNG option was dropped.

The early AG300 shared a rectilinear appearance with Van Hool's other buses throughout the 1990s. In 2001, Van Hool redesigned their transit bus line, adding the word "New" to the model designation. The buses received sleek lines, flush-mounted windows, and round headlights.

Early North American models had a slightly narrower front door than their European counterparts. Following the introduction of the A300L, the front overhang of the North American AG300 was reduced to match. The engine compartment was also reconfigured for buses with EPA 2007 compliant engines. Instead of a ground level exhaust, the hotter exhaust is dispersed at roof level before the trailer.

The rear overhang is greater on the European AG300, and unlike the North American model, the rear is noticeably tapered.

Specifications

Operators

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