Londons red double-deckers go hybrid

By: Jason Whittaker


Volvo debuted its hybrid double-decker bus at Alexandra Palace in London yesterday (Tuesday, 7 July). Six Volvo B5L Hybrid Double

Volvo debuted its hybrid double-decker bus at Alexandra Palace in London yesterday (Tuesday, 7 July). Six Volvo B5L Hybrid Double Deck buses recently entered service on Route 141 in the UK’s capital city.

The vehicles are the first of a new generation of highly fuel efficient and environmentally friendly buses to enter service in London.

The buses feature the parallel hybrid I-SAM technology, developed across the entire Volvo Group.

The bus is powered by a combination of an electric motor and a diesel engine, with the system being parallel in that it can be powered by either source independently, or in combination drawing on both power sources at the same time.

Volvo says the new buses offer both fuel consumption and emissions savings.

In May the company introduced the Volvo 7700 Hybrid Single Deck into service in Volvo’s home city of Gothenburg, Sweden.

With longer intervals between bus stops in Gothenburg, the expected fuel savings was expected at 20-25 percent. However the first months of service have resulted in better than expected fuel savings, at about 30 percent.

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