Volvo Buses


It’s a first for Go-Ahead with Volvo B5LH MCV

Go-Ahead London is currently taking delivery of 20 Volvo B5LH Euro 6 hybrid double deck buses featuring new MCV double deck bodywork, which are the first of two orders totalling 85 set for delivery throughout 2016.

Built to TfL standard and Go-Ahead specifications, this is the first bus featuring the new MCV ‘Evoseti’ styled bodywork on a hybrid chassis to be deployed in London and will be initially operating on the Dulwich to Aldgate routes 35 and 40.  With a further 19 to shortly enter service, the remaining 65 will be rolled out during the rest of this year.  

Richard Harrington, Engineering Director for Go-Ahead London, said: “It is exciting to see the first bus with MCV Evoseti bodywork enter service in London and particularly as this new concept is operating under the Go-Ahead name.  We have trialled MCV on Euro 5 chassis previously, but never before with Euro 6 and on the widely recognised London red bus.

“We are the largest bus operator in London and have been working with Volvo Bus for many years and we continue to do so due to the excellent in-service performance and reliability we’ve experienced with their vehicles. They always listen to our needs and requests, and this in turn enables us to deliver the best possible vehicles for our passengers. 

“We visited the MCV factory in Egypt with Volvo to see the new bodywork being developed and manufactured, and it’s great to see it finished, on the chassis and entering service in London.”

Phil Fletcher, Fleet Sales Manager for Volvo Bus, said: “As a leading bus manufacturer, our aim is to offer operators like Go-Ahead the best in operational performance with a good choice of bodywork to suit their many needs and requirements.  We believe the B5LH with all of its options ticks all these boxes perfectly. 

“Our B5LH hybrid vehicle meets all the operational requirements and demands of London bus routes and we believe it provides some of the cleanest emissions standards available in the world today.  Like Go-Ahead, we’re looking forward to seeing the bus with the new Evoseti bodywork on the streets of the capital throughout 2016.”

The Volvo B5LH hybrid driveline delivers proven best in class fuel economy and CO2 reductions of up to 39% compared to their conventional diesel equivalents, as well as achieving the highest possible levels of reliability.


25 April 2016

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Go Ahead 2a: (L – R) – Phil Owen, Commercial Sales Director for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, Richard Harrington, Engineering Director for Go-Ahead London and Ashraf Faswzi, Managing Director of MCV Bus & Coach Ltd.  Pictured here with two of the 20 Volvo B5LH Euro 6 hybrid double deck buses featuring new MCV ‘Evoseti’ bodywork for Go-Ahead London.

Editors’ notes

Volvo B5LH

Model - Volvo B5LH 2-axle low floor double deck hybrid citybus

Body specification - Wrightbus Gemini 3, ADL MMC, MCV Evoseti. Body options are available with one door provincial specification or two door London specification

Hybrid driveline - Volvo parallel hybrid system. Traction power supplied by either the diesel engine or electric motor working independently or together. Power for the electric motor power is supplied by a 600 volt battery. Driveline uses stop/start technology

Engine - Volvo D5K 240 4cyl 5.1 litre Euro 6 engine rated at 240hp @2200 rpm with maximum torque of 918Nm at 1200-1600rpm. Engine emission control uses SCR, EGR, DPF & DOC technology

Electric motor - I-SAM 600 volt ac permanent magnet water cooled electric motor mounte

between engine and gearbox. Motor is rated at 160hp/800Nm max and 94hp/400Nm continuous.

Motor acts as a generator to recharge 600 volt batteries during braking

Transmission - Volvo AT2412E I-Shift fully automated 12 speed gearbox. 3 button gear

selector control

Energy storage system - Lithium-Ion battery with battery management unit, isolation resistance

and battery disconnect unit. Water cooled and heated with independent system

Rear axle - ZF drop centre portal axle with a. 4.72:1 ratio. Electronically limited max speed options

of 70km/h, 80km/h and 90km/h are available.

Brakes - The EBS 5 brake system is an electronically controlled pneumatic system. The front and

rear disc brakes incorporate integral automatic brake adjusters. The chassis mounted screw

compressor is electrically driven by 600 volt motor. The anti-lock braking system features traction

control, door brake interlock, brake temperature warning and lining wear indicator

Steering - ZF hydraulic power assisted steering. Steering pump is electrically driven. The steering

wheel position is adjustable for height and rake.

Suspension - Electronically controlled air suspension. Beam front axle, with front axle kneeling and ferry lift. Full squat available as an option with two door variants

Electrical - The chassis electrical system is of multiplex design (BEA 3) and is a 24 volt negative earth system with two 12 volt, 225 amp hour, heavy duty lead acid batteries (maintenance free as standard) mounted in a swing out carrier. 1 x Bosch 120 amp alternator is fitted. 24 volt chassis electrical system is also supplied via DC/DC converter from the hybrid 600 volt system. Electronic monitoring of oil and coolant levels is fitted as standard

Fuel system - A 205 litre aluminium fuel tank fitted over O/S/F wheel arch. The fuel filler is

Located on the right hand side (offside) of the body; this can be offered with Posi lock or Identic

fast filling systems as an option

Tyres & Wheels - 10 stud 22.5” wheels with 275/70R22.5 tyres