Volvo hybrid bus put to test down under
The interest for Volvo’s hybrid buses is increasing. Brisbane, Australia will have a new hybrid diesel-electric bus for trial during 2014, as part of a three-year arrangement between Volvo Bus Australia and the Brisbane City Council.
Brisbane City Council is a major provider of public transport services with close to 80 million passenger movements annually, across 235 bus routes.
Volvo has been supplying chassis to Brisbane City Council for the past five years, and in 2011, the Council won the inaugural Lung Foundation Green Leaf Award for its introduction of the Volvo B7RLE ‘enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle’.
Compared to a conventional diesel bus, the hybrid utilises energy otherwise wasted during braking. The stored energy is used to charge a battery, allowing the bus to run in electric mode, which saves fuel. The parallel hybrid can also combine or solely use the output of the diesel engine when the battery is low or when extra power is needed for acceleration.
“We expect to deliver a hybrid bus for trial during 2014,” said Volvo’s National Contracts Manager Ian Clarke. “The hybrids have recently been trialled in metropolitan Perth with promising results and we’re looking forward to seeing them in service in Brisbane.”
Under the new agreement, Brisbane City Council will purchase at least 60 new Volvo Buses per year over the next three years.