Significantly the order includes nine hybrid powered double deck buses – which will be the first vehicles of their kind in the region - delivering new levels of environmental performance and fuel economy.
Globally, Volvo is a leader in hybrid technology and through this contract Warwick-based Volvo Bus will deliver nine of the latest generation B5LH Hybrid Double Deck buses with Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork to NEG. The driveline consists of a 5 litre, Euro 5 diesel engine and a 70 kW electric motor in parallel configuration. Together with the energy recovered from braking, this combines to deliver significant fuel savings and offers an effective, even cleaner alternative to a conventional diesel bus.
In addition, Volvo will also deliver 50 single deck B7RLE buses – again with Wrightbus bodywork – on its highly fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly seven litre diesel engine chassis.
Commenting on the announcement, Volvo Bus Managing Director, Steve Dewhurst said, “Volvo Bus and Wrightbus are delighted to be awarded this contract to supply 59 buses for National Express Group’s new bus requirements for 2011. We look forward to seeing the new vehicles – especially the highly innovative hybrid-powered double decks - operating in the Midlands.”
He added, “National Express is a key customer for Volvo Bus and following on from the business we secured last year for our coach products, this latest order is a further major step forward in developing our long term relationship with the National Express Group.”
The new Volvo vehicles will be progressively delivered during the second half of 2011.
25 March 2011