Luxury Coach & Transportation

February 2014

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LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR FEBRUARY 2014 45 120" 5 th door MKT If you fnd this view impressive... a closer look at Royale will absolutely delight you. CORPORATE - 99 Newark Street, Haverhill, MA 01832 ph. 978.374.4530 or 800.544.5587 fx. 978.521.5425 SALES & SERVICE CENTERS: Long Island City; NY, Chicago, IL; Riverside, CA; Largo, FL. email: © 2013 Cabot Coach Builders, Inc. Why not learn more about the full line of Royale limousines— Call us today, toll free, speak with a Product Specialist. 1.800.544.5587 I email: nities. Extending the actual vehicle was not the biggest hurdle, but re-wiring its electrical systems was the big challenge. "The vehicle performed like it was origi- nally designed to perform even after we stretched it," Spaniak says. "Of course its range is only 70 to 100 miles per charge, but we now know that an electric vehicle can be extended and maintain all of its integrity." Spaniak says he believes the industry will see more hybrid vehicles in the future, and possibly stretched electric limousines if the batteries are improved to increase range. — "People seemed to like them because of the great gas mileage and substantial savings in fuel costs," he says. One of the more cre- ative concept vehicles engineered was a proj- ect that extended the all-electric Nissan LEAF into a limousine. Electric Car Company, an electric ve- hicle conversion company, took on the project with its subsidiary, Springf eld, Mo.-based Imperial Coach Builders. Elec- tric CEO Gary Spaniak said the project was an experiment with Nissan to see if the all-electric vehicle actually could be stretched while maintaining the car's original integrity. Although many doubted the vehicle could be extended (including Nissan), the project succeeded and the vehicle was delivered to a hotel in Nashville, Tenn., near Nissan's U.S. headquarters to transport Nissan visiting executives and hotel guests. The LEAF was extended 70 inches, seated eight passengers, and was outf tted with wood trim, CD player and other ame- bly line now are equipped with three- point seat belts and improved stability systems that make motorcoaches safer and provide a more comfortable ride. Regarding alternative energy, Ronan said diesel fuel will continue to be the predominant fuel for some time, but the industry is intrigued with compress natural gas (CNG) as an alternative. "The problem with CNG right now is storage for long trips. In order to make CNG vi- able, the holding tanks would have to be bigger and would take away space in the baggage compartment … but there are smart people out there working on the solution," he adds. Eco-Stretch Among the boldest steps toward the fu- ture is the potential for more stretch hy- brid and electric limousines. For Royale Limousine Manufacturers in Haverhill, Mass., produced a limited number of stretched Lincoln MKZ hybrid sedans that turned in 41/city 36/hwy mpg. The Royale Hybrid L MKZ was extended six inches and rear legroom was within 2.5 inches of the Lincoln Town Car L Series, notes Steve Edelmann, director of sales. Motorcoaches of the future will be safer and more technologically rich, as manufacturers include the latest safety improvements, such as three-point seatbelts, and more integrated electronics, such as plug-ins for passenger personal electronics and Internet Wi-Fi access. L I M O _ 0 2 1 4 f u t u r e . i n d d 4 5 LIMO_0214future.indd 45 1 / 2 1 / 1 4 1 0 : 1 5 A M 1/21/14 10:15 AM

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