Volvo receives major hybrid order

Volvo Buses has received an order for 128 hybrid buses to operate in Brussels.

Belgian transport provider STIB-MIVB has placed the order. The deal takes place within the framework of an agreement that was awarded to Volvo Buses by STIB-MIVB in 2018. Since then, Volvo has delivered 110 hybrid buses for the Brussels public transport network. This latest batch is scheduled for delivery in 2021. The aim is to gradually convert the city’s entire vehicle fleet to electric propulsion.

The Volvo 7900 Hybrid is propelled by electricity from standstill up to 20 km/h. At higher speeds a small diesel engine is automatically activated. The bus’s batteries are charged via the energy recovered during braking, so no charging infrastructure is required. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 25–40% lower than for a corresponding diesel bus, according to Volvo. The manufacturer claims particle and nitrogen oxide emissions are 50% lower.

President of Volvo Buses, Håkan Agnevall, said: “It’s very inspiring that Brussels and STIB-MIVB are continuing the development of a sustainable public transport system, even in these difficult times. Sustainability will continue to be high on the agenda for cities also going forward. We are of course immensely proud to be part of this development. Our hybrid buses is an important and versatile tool in the toolbox that is needed to create a sustainable and attractive urban transport system of the future. Thanks to our highly engaged and competent local service network, we ensure premium up-time and reliability and a strong customer support.”

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