Blog | 2020

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The Ebusco 3.0 electric bus with an exterior and interior design by KesselsGranger DesignWorks, has been named winner of the German Design Council’s Automotive Brand Contest 2020, honoring the best automotive brand and design. The fully electric composite bus took the top prize in the Commercial Vehicles category of the international competition.

The German Design Council awarded the prize for “outstanding product and communication design.”

With the 3.0, Ebusco and KesselsGranger DesignWorks have developed a true innovative game changer in the electric bus industry. The Ebusco 3.0 is a composite bus that has a weight reduction of 33% and the ability to reach a distance up to 500 km with one charge. With this new development, Ebusco peers with diesel-fueled buses, however without the emission, without high fuel costs, but with much higher comfort, better safety and more space for passengers. Immediately after this launch, Ebusco’s branding and reputation exceeded worldwide.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in autumn 2020.

“This award is a recognition to all the hard work that has gone into developing the Ebusco 3.0. It was full team effort, with KesselsGranger’s designers working efficiently with the Ebusco engineering team. This exciting product brings great design, aerospace technology and lightweight materials to the public forefront.”
James Granger

“Winning this award marks a fitting milestone for our 10 years of collaboration with Ebusco as their design partner.”
Steven Kessels

German Design Council – the organizer
The Automotive Brand Contest is the only neutral, international design competition for automobile brands and has emerged as an important international event in the sector. The award is organized by the German Design Council, one of the world’s leading centres of competence in communication and knowledge transfer within design, innovation and branding. More than 320 organizations are currently foundation members. The German Design Council was founded in 1953 as an initiative of Germany’s federal parliament to strengthen the German economy’s competence in design. Its many and varied activities all have one aim: communicating lasting improvements in brand value through the strategic use of design.

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Aqualiner & Swets Group | Seven public transport ferries refitted with KesselsGranger

For the past weeks Aqualiner / Swets Group and KesselsGranger have been refitting a series of seven public transport ferries. Alongside technical and safety updates, the refits include striking new exterior graphics. The ferries will continue operation in the Dutch provinces of South Holland and Gelderland, including Zwijndrecht, Kaag and Tiel. The ferry services are an imperative form of public transport in the Dutch Delta landscape.

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Carrosserie Akkermans | iOB for NEP The Netherlands

KesselsGranger DesignWorks is proud to have worked together with Carrosserie Akkermans, the oldest Dutch coachbuilding firm (dating from 1811), for the design of the latest intelligent Open Broadcast (iOB) unit for leading media and broadcasting company NEP The Netherlands.

In assignment to Carrosserie Akkermans, KesselsGranger DesignWorks developed the interior design of the intelligent Open Broadcast (iOB) unit for client NEP The Netherlands. The mobile iOB unit represents one of the most recent innovative expansions within NEP’s Centralized Production Platform, enabling the director to edit recordings at the recording locations (such as sporting and music events).

NEP The Netherlands is the international leading outsourcing partner in television and internet capturing for public and commercial broadcasters.

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Linssen Yachts | Linssen Yachts 35 SL AC in production

Following the successful launch of the Linssen Yachts 30 SL Sedan at BOOT Düsseldorf in January, the larger 35 SL AC is currently under production in the Linssen yard in Maasbracht. The yacht is being finalised on the Logicam I production line and is scheduled for a launch this spring.

SL is an acronym for Sport Luxury. The Linssen Yachts prototyping and engineering team has worked in close cooperation with KesselsGranger DesignWorks to create a series of yachts that combine the unmistakably luxurious Linssen identity with enhancements that adhere to the greatest sporting traditions.

The Linssen Yachts SL series is characterised by its rising waterline, contrasting window section, rubber fender, unique interior trim and colour options.

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Ebusco | Ebusco 3.0 exhibited in Berlin during ElekBu 2020

The new Ebusco 3.0 electric bus, designed in collaboration with KesselsGranger DesignWorks, was presented in February at the ElekBu 2020 trade fair in Berlin. The new 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 is responsible for the exterior body design and interior design of the bus, including concept design and Class A surfacing.

At the ElekBu 2020 trade fair the Ebusco 3.0 was presented in the colours of Münchner Verkehrsgesellscahft (Munich Transport Corporation, MVG). KesselsGranger also penned the special MVG livery that was exhibited in Berlin, with blue and silver lines that are specific to the Ebusco 3.0.

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DeWaterbus | Renovation of DeWaterbus ticket kiosk

The new ticket kiosk and office space for DeWaterbus in Antwerp is in the final stages of renovation.

KesselsGranger DesignWorks was asked to redevelop the design of the historical building on the Steenplein in Antwerp, which initially housed the Flandria kiosk since 1948. Respect and attention was paid towards combining the building’s original details and protected view with a clear branding for DeWaterbus.

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DeWaterbus | Launch of MPS Aqua Pearl

Dutch shipping company Aqualiner held a festive event on 9 January for the official launch of MPS Aqua Pearl, the 5th Damen Water Bus 2407 ferry to enter the DeWaterbus service in Antwerp, with a livery design by KesselsGranger DesignWorks.

The DeWaterbus ferry service is a permanent form of public water transport on the Scheldt. It is a sustainable and fast alternative to the car and an answer to the congestion problem in and around the city of Antwerp.

Since its inauguration in 2017, DeWaterbus is proving an overwhelming success, already exceeding 1.000.000 passengers.