Volvo wins order

Volvo Bus Australia will supply 30 new coaches for Greyhound Australia’s national express fleet

Volvo wins order
Volvo wins order

September 24, 2013

Volvo Bus Australia has been awarded an order for 30 new coaches
for Greyhound Australia’s national express fleet which will begin operation this December.

The order for the new Volvo B13R long distance coaches comes after the operator’s decision to upgrade its fleet and meet its environmental standards by minimizing emissions.

Procurement of Greyhound Australia General Manager Melinda Rich says the coaches are required to run in a range of different geographies and often harsh conditions.

"The technology offered by the Volvo engine and chassis allows us to significantly improve fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions of our fleet, making it more sustainable," she says.

"In the end, it was the B13R coach that offered us the best combination of power and performance, while offering good fuel economy.

"We have also invested heavily in the body of the coach by providing reclining leather seats, and USB charging for phones and tablets, as well as on-board wi-fi."

So far, the first Volvo coaches are being used to train about 200 Greyhound drivers, covering most of the operator’s bases in the east coast of Australia.

The rest of the order is expected to be running in the express fleet by the first quarter of 2014.

"Volvo has supported us with a significant training program for our drivers, which is important as ultimately it is our drivers who will ensure we get the best performance on the road out of the new coaches," says Rich.

Volvo will be displaying a Greyhound coach at the Australian Bus + Coach 2013 show in Sydney this week.

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