Chile’s capital city is continuing to renew its public transport system with high-capacity buses from Volvo. Public transport operator Subus has placed an order for 200 Volvo B8RLE articulated buses, which are due to be delivered during 2020. The new articulated buses, with a capacity of up to 180 passengers, will be part of Santiago’s ‘Red’ mass transit system, which carries over six million passengers daily.
“We’ve supplied buses and innovative solutions to Santiago’s public transport network ever since the system was integrated, and with our latest highly modern articulated buses we are continuing to make public transport both more efficient and more appealing,” said Alexandre Selski, Strategic Sales Director for Volvo Buses in Latin America. The new Volvo B8RLE Euro VI articulated buses have been specified to meet Santiago’s demands on low emissions and high safety. For instance, they are fitted with Zone Management, which automatically limits the vehicle’s speed on roads with a high accident risk or where there are many unprotected road users. The new articulated buses are also equipped with electronically controlled disc brakes, electronically regulated air suspension, Volvo Fleet Management System and I-Coaching, which helps the driver to drive both safely and economically. The chassis are being built by Volvo in Sweden and the bodywork is built locally by Marcopolo in Colombia.