Volvo was awarded in the "hybrid bus" category for the company’s developments in this area. The EBUS Award is initiated by the German “Forum für Verkehr und Logistik” (Community initiative of VDV and DEVK Insurance). Innovative bus concepts that lead the way for the transition from diesel powered to electric buses, were acknowledged at the ceremony in Cologne, Germany, in September.
The EBUS Award is under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Transport, Dr. Peter Ramsauer. The jury consists of renowned experts from transport companies, science and politics.
“We want to emphasize in particular the consistent, system related revision and optimization of all hybrid functionality, that leads to the excellent results of Volvo hybrid buses”, said jury member Dr. Ralph Pütz, Professor for Commercial Automotive Engineering at the Landshut College of Technology.
“We are proud to accept this important environmental award for sustainable electrical local public transport concepts for our low floor city bus hybrid”, says Thomas Hartmann, Commercial Director of Volvo Buses Germany.
“For Volvo Buses this confirms that we are on the correct strategic path with our ‘Green Efficiency’ hybrid technology.”
Volvo Buses has delivered nearly 1,000 Volvo hybrid buses all around the world up unti now. The significant reduction in fuel consumption of up to 39 percent reduces CO2 emissions in equal measures. Together with nitrogen oxide and particle emissions, this leads to the halving of the total emissions value compared to the Euro 5-diesel bus. In addition noise is reduced to zero when stopping, stationary and driving to bus stops.
As the first bus manufacturer in the world, Volvo Buses will switch its entire low floor city bus programme to the low emission and low noise hybrid technology from 2014.
“With our hybrid buses, we make city traffic greener, quieter and more comfortable for people”, says Thomas Hartmann.
About EBUS Awards
The EBUS Award is under the patronage of ther German Minister of Transport, Dr. Peter Ramsauer. This year in total seven categories were awarded: hybrid buses, fuel cell buses, battery buses, innovative components for electric buses, operating concepts, education-apprenticeships-training as well as marketing.