Volvo Receives Hybrid Buses Order from Curitiba
The hybrid buses, expected to be delivered to the city of Curitiba from 2012, are equipped with a small diesel engine and an electric motor that can be used independently or jointly. The electric motor functions by the energy from a battery. The battery is charged when the bus brakes.
At bus stops, the engine turns off completely and the bus restarts using only the electric motor, which creates a silent and exhaust-free environment.
Volvo Buses has sold hundreds of hybrid buses in the recent years through its brand in Europe, Nova Bus in North America and Sunwin Bus in China.
Volvo Buses has also decided to begin manufacturing the hybrid buses in Curitiba, with the same hybrid technology that the firm has used in its hybrid buses and trucks in Europe.
Luis Carlos Pimenta, president of Volvo Buses in Latin America, said: â€œSeveral of the largest cities in Brazil and the rest of South America tested a Volvo 7700 Hybrid in 2010 and at the beginning of this year. The tests were very successful and contributed to this first order, which we believe will be followed by additional orders from other cities.
â€œVolvoâ€™s hybrid bus reduces fuel consumption by up to 35 percent and emissions of carbon dioxide by a corresponding amount. Other exhaust emissions decline by 80-90% compared with current levels in South America.â€
In April 2011, Volvo Buses has received an order for 177 coach B9R chassis for the JCA Group, a passenger transport company in Brazil with more than 3,000 buses and coaches in its fleet.
Volvo Buses is the manufacturer of buses and bus chassis with production activities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Its product programme comprises city buses, intercity buses and tourist coaches, and services in the areas of financing, servicing, vehicle diagnostics and traffic information systems. Its head office is in Sweden, Gothenburg.
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