Blog | 2019

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Ebusco | Ebusco 2.2 Qbuzz Groningen-Drenthe 2020

As of 15 December 2019, 60 electric Ebusco 2.2 regional buses, designed in collaboration with KesselsGranger DesignWorks, will be in operation with Qbuzz for the Groningen-Drenthe concession (GD2020). GD2020 will form the largest operational fleet of electric buses in Europe to date.

All 60 buses arrived in Groningen after a journey of over 250 km from Ebusco in Deurne (North Brabant). These buses realise a tangible reduction of over 5 million kilos of CO2 annually.

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Otium Care | Multi & Enzo

The Otium Care Multi, presented with the Enzo reclining armchair designed by KesselsGranger DesignWorks, has won the Innovation Award at the Brussels Furniture Fair 2019.

The annual highlight during the Furniture Fair is the announcement of the Balthazar winners. The jury members were: Marie-Anne Desiere, Siegrid Demyttenaere, Colette Demil, Frances van der Steen, Elien Haentjens and Chris De Roock.

The Otium Care Multi won the Innovation Award. Quoting the jury: “THE innovative answer to a pressing demand from the market, the need for practical, BEAUTIFUL and affordable solutions for people in need of care. Your own, familiar reclining armchair can be transformed into a care armchair: all you have to do is replace the base. This brilliant, modular solution successfully meets emotional, functional, budgetary and ecological needs.”

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Mecam Group | Enzo

KesselsGranger DesignWorks has designed a new range of armchairs and recliners, labelled the Enzo series, for Mecam Group, the largest manufacturer of upholstered furniture in the Benelux. The range was launched at the Brussels Furniture Fair (3-6 November 2019).

The furniture pieces have been developed for the domestic furniture line, as well as the Otium Care label.

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Ebusco | Ebusco 3.0

The Ebusco 3.0 has won the prestigious and internationally well-known Innovation Award at the Busworld convention in Brussels.

With an exterior body and interior design by KesselsGranger, the Ebusco 3.0 packages aerospace technology (carbon space frame) for a weight reduction of 33% and a range of 500km.

The jury was very impressed with the prototype as it is convinced Ebusco has reached a new milestone in the development of emission-free driving in public transport. This by applying new techniques and materials in the production of its buses.

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Ebusco | Ebusco 3.0 Launch Event

The all-new Ebusco 3.0 electric bus has been unveiled at the Ebusco headquarters in Deurne (NL) prior to its international debut at Busworld in Brussels (18-23 October).

Designed in collaboration with KesselsGranger, the Ebusco 3.0 has a revolutionary composite chassis and body structure, developed by a multifunctional team of key experts, who have earned their spurs in the field of aerospace, automotive and electronics. The use of composites such as carbon fibre has resulted in a weight reduction of 33% over conventional steel and aluminium buses. As partner of the 3.0 development programme, KesselsGranger DesignWorks is responsible for the exterior body design and interior design, including concept design and Class A surfacing.

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Linssen Yachts | Grand Sturdy 35.0

The Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 Sedan, designed in collaboration with KesselsGranger DesignWorks, has been nominated for European Powerboat of the Year 2020 in the displacement category.

This award is based on the opinions of leading international boating journalists from Båtliv (Norway), BoatMag (Italy), BOOTE (Germany), Motorboot (Netherlands), MoteurBoat (France), Nautica y Yates (Spain), Neptune (France), Marina CH (Switzerland) and last but not least Yachtrevue (Austria). They nominate products in various categories. They assess on the basis of quality, product innovation, price/quality relationship, sailing characteristics and construction.

The award will be presented during the opening ceremony of Boot Düsseldorf on Saturday 18 January 2020.

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Linssen Yachts | 35.0 Grand Sturdy

The next generation Linssen Yachts Grand Sturdy 35.0 (AC and Sedan) are in the starting blocks. The yachts, designed in collaboration with KesselsGranger DesignWorks, will incorporate an innovative, fresh ‘Intero’ style. A style whereby everything revolves around light and space.

The new Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC & Sedan will be presented at the Linssen Yachts Boat Show (16-18 November).

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Aqualiner | 35M Fast Ferry Catamaran

KesselsGranger DesignWorks has been entrusted with the styling of two new passenger catamarans for Dutch client Aqualiner, each measuring 35m in length. These catamarans are being built by the experienced Rodman shipyard in Spain.

The styling incorporates elegant lines and a practical design. Features include the curved upper rear deck providing a flybridge appearance, panorama roof and the angled bridge with full-width external viewing platforms for optimal visibility.

The 35m vessels will be the largest passenger catamarans built in GRP (Glass Reinforced Polyester) in Spain and two of the largest for inland fast ferry passenger transport in Europe.

Since July 2017, Aqualiner has been involved in an important mobility project in Antwerp, known as DeWaterbus. Aqualiner operates several DeWaterbus ferries on the river Schelde and Albert Canal, offering a unique Public Transport service for commuters, students and tourists. Since 1999 Aqualiner has been involved in several similar projects including Waterbus Rotterdam. The services in Antwerp represent their first international expansion. It is their expectation that they will be active in more countries, areas and cities with mobility challenges and congestion issues.

Both vessels, measuring 35m in length, will be built under the European Standard ES (TRIN). Each of them will be capable of transporting 248 passengers and will be equipped with bicycle racks on deck with capacity for 63 bicycles. The open upper sightseeing deck has been developed for the enjoyment of passengers during navigation in the different seasons of the year.

Artist's Impression: KesselsGranger DesignWorks