The award takes into account environmental performance as well as other sustainability aspects such as safety, comfort, noise level, recyclability and the manufacturer’s general environmental performance.
“The launch of the new 9900 range represents a real turning point for Volvo. Modern design, improved Cx and new driving area, together with the well-known Volvo Dynamic Steering, are just some of the main new features developed by the Swedish manufacturer,” the jury wrote in its statement.
“It is an immense honour to receive the Sustainable Bus Award 2019. The choice of winner shows that the jury has really taken the overall picture into account. With excellent fuel efficiency, industry-leading safety and superior driving and passenger areas, the Volvo 9900 gives our customers the best possible conditions for long-term operational sustainability and profitability,” says Ulf Magnusson, Head of Business Region Europe at Volvo Buses.
Safety: Safety Zone Management, Driver Alert System and more robust frontal impact protection are some of the new safety features of the Volvo 9900.
Working environment: A new, integrated driving area improves the driver’s ability to drive efficiently and without disturbance. Manoeuvring is facilitated by the Volvo Dynamic Steering system and the bus’s low centre of gravity offering excellent stability.
Fuel and CO2: Low air resistance and various weight-saving measures contribute to excellent fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions. Fuel consumption and emissions can be further reduced by choosing options such as Dynamic Chassis Lowering and Volvo I-See, which optimises gear changes to suit the topography.
The Sustainable Bus Award was launched in 2016. The winners are chosen by a jury of representatives from bus magazines in seven European countries.