Volvo eyes future

Major Australian metropolitan networks have embraced the Volvo hybrid buses

Volvo eyes future
Volvo hybrid buses are starting to appear on major metropolitan routes in Austrralia

Volvo has delivered a hybrid bus to Brisbane City Council and has now reached 2000 units sold worldwide.

Volvo has also delivered hybrid buses to service busy major metropolitan routes in Perth and Adelaide.

First introduced in 2010, uptake of the technologically advanced hybrid buses has been gradual but steady in Australia.

Energy stored while braking is used to charge the battery, allowing hybrid buses to run in electric mode, which saves fuel.

The Volvo B5RLEH hybrid chassis uses a parallel hybrid system combining the electric and diesel engine.

This assists the vehicle both when the battery is low, and when extra power is needed for fast acceleration at intersections or merging on highways.

Launched in 2014, the new model of Volvo hybrid has been introduced mostly in German and Swedish cities so far.

President and CEO Volvo Buses Håkan Agnevall says less exhaust emissions, low energy consumption and quieter operation are some of the major benefits of going hybrid.

"Cities all over the world now regard electrified bus traffic as a cost-efficient way of reducing the problems of poor air quality and noise," he says.

"Our solution makes travel more attractive and improves the environment without the need for large investments in new infrastructure."

Denmark, Hungary and Poland are now using Volvo hybrids, but the largest single market is the UK.

Colombia, Sweden, Germany, Brazil and Switzerland are other countries that have purchased large numbers of hybrid buses.

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