Volvo 7900 Hybrid
BETTER BUSINESS FOR GREENER CITIES
The Volvo Parallel Hybrid has been proven in service in the UK, across Europe and in Latin America to deliver major fuel savings and to reduce emissions compared to conventional buses. The main reason for this performance success is the complete integration of the engine and the hybrid systems, all of which are designed and manufactured by Volvo. The Volvo 7900 Hybrid single deck hybrid is a complete Volvo product and is our first complete bus to be offered in the UK.
SIGNIFICANT FUEL SAVINGS
The exact fuel savings will depend very much on the kind of operation, but to date in Euro 6 operation the Volvo 7900 Hybrid has delivered up to 39% fuel savings for operators in mixed traffic. As our experience and that of operators has increased, so has the fuel savings. The driver still plays a key role in delivering fuel savings and we undertake training with every new customer to highlight the special features and information available to the driver on the Volvo Hybrid.
We estimate that operating one of our hybrids for a year will improve the operator’s carbon footprint to the tune of 27 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Typically that means 12 g less carbon dioxide per passenger mile so the more hybrids in the fleet, the better the result. This is useful to know in the debate about transport priorities in towns and cities in the future.
NO 1 IN UPTIME
Some still believe that hybrid buses are sensitive and less reliable than conventional buses. Well that’s yesterday’s news. The Volvo Hybrid has demonstrated top level availability and is backed with our usual warranty (‘2+1’ years, complete vehicle and driveline) with the added benefit of 5 years on the hybrid battery. We are taking risk off the table for the operator.
AIR QUALITY EMISSIONS ALSO DOWN
Particulates and NOx (Oxides of Nitrogen) are very sensitive air quality emissions that are very much on the agenda for many cities and towns across the UK. The Volvo Hybrid delivers significant benefits in this area, not least because of the pure electric pull away from bus stops. The reduction of CO2 matches the fuel saving.