East Lancs Kinetec
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|East Lancs Kinetec|
Stagecoach 22504, an East Lancs Kinetec, in Perth.
|Manufacturer||East Lancashire Coachbuilders|
|Body and chassis|
|Floor type||Low floor|
Kinetec (single decker)
The standard Kinetec is a single decker body that appears to have been influenced by the Optare Sigma body in styling and construction. Unlike the Sigma though it is of low floor design. Reviews from its launch in Euro Bus Expo 2006 were very poor. Like the Scania OmniTown the bus uses the East Lancs Esteem body, but with the chassis maker's (MAN's) "Lion's City" front.
Kinetec+ (double decker)
The Kinetec+ is a double decker bus seemingly influenced by the Optare Spectra body, with an improved MAN chassis ND243F (A48). The first prototype body has a low-height (4 metres) design under EU regulations, but which has been criticised. Another prototype in London specification with a 4.3 metre height had been planned, but this had not materialised.
Like later Spectras, the body is of low floor design and has the same lower dash panel as the single decker Kinetec. Like the Kinetec, this bus again uses the chassis maker's (MAN's) front with the East Lancs Olympus body.
Both the Kinetec and Kinetec+ were placed on display at the Euro Bus Expo 2006 with "KINETEC" lettering, but with plates bearing the alternative spelling "KINETIC". The LED displays also showed the name with an "I". This has inevitably led to some uncertainty as to the correct spelling of the model name.
Stagecoach 22507 caught fire around 8am at Leonard Street bus station because of a suspected oil leak in the engine bay while the driver was driving the bus back for a check in Perth on Friday 29th March 2013. Nobody was injured as a result. Bus suffered significant damage and remains were seen there at MTS Recovery, Shore Road, Perth on Sunday 31st March 2013.