Volvo Buses


Local content and partnerships prioritised with the Volvo BZL Electric

For more than 50 years, Volvo Bus has engaged with local partners across Australia for body building and for the supply of bus and coach components – and the Volvo BZL Electric is no exception to this.

Volvo Bus Australia General Manager, Mitch Peden, details how local partnerships remain a priority with the Volvo BZL Electric, to ensure a premium quality product and to support local jobs and industry.

“Bodybuilding has been a key part of the Volvo BZL Electric’s local engagement strategy, and to date, this product has been locally bodied by key industry partners including Australia’s largest bodybuilder, Volgren, and more recently, Express Coach Builders in Macksville, New South Wales,” says Peden

“Our partnership with Volgren spans more than 40 years and has been integral to supporting local jobs and content throughout this time. Together, we’ve been able to collaborate on the Volvo BZL Electric product and deliver the first 4 units of this model with Volgren Optimus bodies, which was a big milestone for us.”

Following the recent Express Coach Builders and Volvo contract to deliver Volvo B8RLE Euro 6 buses to Buslines, Volvo Bus Australia has partnered with Express to build bodies for the Volvo BZL Electric product.

“It’s been an exciting time partnering with Express on our Volvo BZL Electric. Particularly off the back of the Buslines contract, and Express’s plans for expanding its apprenticeship program and upskilling staff. It’ll be great to see the positive impact this will have on jobs and manufacturing across the North Coast of NSW.”

Volvo Bus has also been working with Denso Australia, in designing an air conditioner for the Volvo BZL Electric that is suited the harsh climate of Australia.

“The integration of the climate system and the chassis has never been more important and the fact we’ve been able to have our air-conditioning systems designed and tested in Australia has been of great benefit to our Volvo BZL Electric. Using local know how, local facilities and local technology, we are confident with the integration of our specialised climate system,” says Peden.

“We’re very fortunate to have such passionate and dedicated partners supporting our Volvo BZL Electric. Quality, reliability and safety are at the forefront of everything that we do at Volvo and we are grateful to be collaborating with local partners that embody these values. Not only have our partners allowed us to deliver a reliable and premium quality product, but we’ve also been able to support local industry, jobs and content in the process.”