Volvo’s 9700 DD has been recognised with an International Sustainability Award in the long distance bus category, in association with Busplaner. The judges based the decision on the ‘innovative aerodynamics concept for reducing fuel consumption and the option of running the vehicle on synthetic fuels or biofuels.’ “The Volvo 9700 DD has only recently been launched on the European market, and we are very pleased that the experts have focused on both its sustainability and productivity benefits since this is good for our customers and society as a whole,” said Niklas Orre, VP Coach Sales at Volvo Buses.
Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport, also stressed the high relevancy of the topic in his welcoming address at the award ceremony: “Buses are key to sustainable mobility. In many ways, today’s vehicles already meet the mobility requirements of tomorrow.”
The 11-litre Volvo engine is able to run not only on fossil fuel but also synthetic (HVO) and biofuel (RME), which Volvo said results in a CO2 emissions reduction of between 40% and 80%.
“We are extremely proud that our new premium model was awarded by the jury,” said Gerd Schneider, Managing Director of Volvo Busse Deutschland. “Sustainability is a cornerstone of our corporate philosophy and we take a holistic approach. From reducing our own impact internally, to helping our customers and partners limit their impact through reduced fuel consumption, more efficient operations and making the transition to renewable fuels or electrified solutions.”