Swiss operator commits to a hybrid future

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A batch of 13 Volvo Hybrids replace a third of AAR+bahn’s fleet
A batch of 13 Volvo Hybrids replace a third of AAR+bahn’s fleet

New Volvo hybrids introduced following an extensive two-year trial heralds a technology switch

SWITZERLAND AAR bus + bahn in Aarau has purchased 13 Volvo hybrid buses – effectively converting a third of its fleet to the new technology.

The company made its decision after a comprehensive two year trial where the hybrid was evaluated for fuel efficiency, ability to meet timetable requirements, passenger comfort and low noise levels.

Mathias Grünenfelder, President of AAR bus + bahn, considers the investment in hybrid buses a good one as the buses will save diesel and be cheaper to run – seeing the purchase as beneficial for the citizens and environment of Aarau.

“These vehicles will save about 100,000 litres of diesel per year. So we achieve both good ecology and good economy,” said Mathias.

There are nearly 60 Volvo hybrid buses in Switzerland and according to Jean-Pierre Roemer, Key Accounter Bus at Volvo Trucks Switzerland, the interest in this technology is growing.

“Our customers’ experience with Volvo’s hybrid buses is they are creating economic and ecological benefits as a result of substantial fuel savings and reduction of emissions,” he said.

The acquisition of 13 hybrids makes Aarau the first Swiss city with a substantial hybrid bus fleet, making it an example of environmental progress in the transport sector.