Volvo’s response to increasing interest and growing demand for diesel electric hybrids and electromobility has been to develop a range of highly efficient and practical parallel hybrid buses. The latest of this generation, an articulated 7900 hybrid, will form the key exhibit at this year’s Busworld exhibition at Kortrijk.
Volvo says lower energy consumption, reduced environmental impact, cleaner exhaust and more silent operation are properties deemed highly interesting to both bus operators and society. Accordingly, demand is rapidly increasing for transport using vehicles capable of operating completely or partly on electricity. For Volvo Buses, electromobility is the road to the future.
The Busworld Kortrijk model is an 18m articulated 7900 Hybrid which seats 154 passengers and Its fuel consumption is approximately 30% lower than the equivalent diesel variant. In electric mode, its carbon dioxide and air pollution emissions are equivalent to zero. Even in diesel mode, particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions are much lower as a result of the new 5-litre Euro 6 diesel engine.
At the show, Volvo will also display its 9700 and 9900 coaches which both feature newly designed front and rear. They also have a lower weight due to the new generation of passenger seats. Also on show are a 12m 7900 hybrid, a 9500 coach and an 8900 intercity bus.
Volvo will also present service packages such as battery and maintenance contracts, telematic services and an extensive fleet management portfolio. Volvo Buses is on stand 502.