Lothian orders 20 Euro 6 7900 hybrids

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The new Euro 6 standard 7900Hs follow a successful launch of the single deck with Lothian Buses in 2012

Volvo Bus has announced a significant Euro 6 vehicle order for 20 hybrid single deck 7900H buses received from Lothian Buses, based on their successful introduction of 10 similar vehicles earlier this year.

Set for delivery during 2014, the 20 new 7900Hs will be the first Euro 6 single deck Volvo buses to enter operation.

The order, which was confirmed by Volvo Bus Sales Director, Phil Owen, ahead of the Coach & Bus Live exhibition, is testament to the impressive results Lothian Buses has achieved in terms of fuel consumption and in-service operation.

“We successfully launched the 7900H single deck bus last year and Lothian Buses was one of the first operators to secure an order. They have achieved significant in-service fuel savings and have been very pleased with the overall performance of the buses,” explained Phil Owen.

“As a result we were in a position to confirm an order for an additional 20 new Euro 6 standard 7900Hs.

“This is a particularly strong endorsement of our single deck hybrid bus offering and also obviously an exciting continuation of a strong existing relationship.”

The 7900H is a complete Volvo vehicle built on a hybrid driveline. The 12.1m single deck bus offers reliability and high performance, while the body frame is specifically designed to save weight and therefore reduce fuel consumption.

The vehicle is specified with a Volvo D5K 5.1 litre four cylinder engine, rated at 240bhp and supported by a Volvo Electric Motor, rated at 120 kW, with a Volvo I-Shift gearbox.

The vehicle uses silent boarding and take-off thanks to the hybrid engine’s ‘stop start’ feature, where the vehicle pulls away from the bus stop in pure electric mode.

The 7900H also includes electronically controlled air suspension and smooth pneumatically controlled EBS 5 braking.