“By the end of last year we had 100 Volvo hybrid powered double deckers in operation throughout the UK,” said Steve Dewhurst, Managing Director of Volvo Bus UK and Ireland. “They are not only proving to be extremely reliable, but also highly fuel efficient."
“These orders mark a high level of confidence from a number of our major customers further establishing our market leading position in hybrid technology. The Government’s continued support through the Green Bus Fund is welcomed and is a much needed boost to our industry.”
Of the 174 hybrid vehicles ordered, 145 are Volvo B5LH hybrid double deckers featuring the stylish Wrightbus Gemini 2 bodywork. In addition to the Arriva order, significant other orders are as follows: Go Ahead have ordered 45, National Express have ordered 9, Rotala 8 and Ensign Bus 6.
The Arriva order complements the 46 hybrids already in operation with the company taking their hybrid fleet to 123 Volvo B5LHs. Similarly, Go Ahead who already successfully operates 15 hybrid double decks will increase their hybrid fleet to 60. By taking an additional 9, National Express is doubling its Volvo hybrid fleet.
Volvo single deck hybrids
For the first time Volvo 7900 single deck hybrid bus, will be delivered to the UK as part of the Green Bus fund for England. The complete Volvo buses are to be delivered to First Group as an order for 29 buses and will be operating in various locations. The Volvo 7900s are designed and built totally within the Volvo Group. First Group has extensive expertise in operating Volvo hybrid buses.
Managing the hybrid system prioritises fuel efficiency, significantly reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. At the same time, the range of gear ratios in the transmission means that the diesel engine can operate in its most efficient range.
“In operation Volvo hybrids are returning 30 – 40% better fuel figures when compared to diesel buses operating on the same routes,” explained Phil Owen, Volvo Bus UK Sales Director. “The level of air quality improvements include a 45% lower NOx per kilometre, giving up to a 40 tonne carbon dioxide reduction per bus, each year.
“With spiralling fuel costs and even tougher emission regulations, the Volvo hybrid offers a cleaner, quieter and economical transport solution for our towns and cities.”
03rd April 2012
Caption for Image: Volvo Bus UK has won orders for 174 new hybrid buses as part of the Green Bus fund for England