(NEWS, World) Volvo sells 200 hybrid buses to Bogota, Colombia [13Aug2013]


VOLVO Press Release

Volvo sells 200 hybrid buses to Bogota, Colombia

Volvo hybrid chassi


Volvo Bus Latin America has sold 200 hybrid buses to the Public Transportation System of Bogotá, capital of Colombia. The buses will be operating the city’s BRT system TransMilêmio. The chassis will be manufactured in Volvo Buses’ plant in Curitiba, Brazil.


“With this acquisition, the city of Bogota definitively enters the age of electromobility and takes a major step in adopting a sustainable urban mass transit system, both from an economical and an environmental stand point”, affirms Luis Carlos Pimenta, President of Volvo Bus Latin America.


The buyers are Consórcio Express, acquiring 156 vehicles; and GMovil, acquiring 44 vehicles. The deal includes, in addition to the chassis, a 12-year battery protection contract and a five-year service agreement. The buses will be bodied by Busscar and Superpolo in Colombia.


“Our hybrids are the best option on the market and this deal consolidates Volvo’s leadership in electromobility not only in Europe, but also in Latin America. Once again, we are breaking paradigms and offering the market a new solution in transportation. This is a breakthrough order for us and we expect more orders to follow”, says Luis Carlos Pimenta.


The hybrids, which will start operating in Bogota in December 2013, will expand the coverage of the city’s Integrated Public Transportation System. Part of the route will be on the TransMilêmio trunk lines (dedicated lanes) and part will be on the regular street grid, where there currently are no feeder lines. The buses will have doors with access steps on the right hand side and bus-floor level doors on the left side, to allow boarding and debarkation at the Transmilêmio stops.


The city of Bogota is working towards putting in place an urban transport system based on clean energies, creating a new class of compensation for hybrid or electrical drive vehicles.




Total vehicle maintenance included

With the onset of production of hybrid buses in Curitiba in June 2012, Volvo established a new business model. The sale of the hybrids includes a solution package that ensures peace of mind for carrier operators. The package includes total vehicle maintenance, from filter and oil changes all the way to repairs.


“In the same format as deployed for the 100 percent diesel vehicles, Volvo Buses now has a full service plan that covers our hybrids, offering operators support and availability at a fixed cost per kilometer”, explains Euclides Castro, urban bus manager at Volvo Bus Latin America.


The company signs a battery contract for monthly installment payments to cover any form of battery repair or changes until the end of the vehicle’s lifecycle.

This ensures a linear cost, free of risk for the customers.



Less fuel, less emissions

Volvo’s hybrid buses consume up to 39 percent less fuel and emit 39 percent less carbon dioxide than conventional diesel buses.  In addition, the vehicles issue 50 percent less particles and nitrogen oxide (NOX).


Volvo’s hybrid bus runs entirely on electricity, quietly and emission-free, from standstill to a speed of 15-20 km/h. At higher speeds the bus receives additional power from a small 4-cylinder diesel engine running on biodiesel. The energy generated during engine braking is stored in the on-board batteries and is used to power the bus’s electric motor and auxiliary systems.

(UK, News) Mayor’s Task Force Recognises Needs Of All Road Users, Says CILT

IMG_5167Image: AllAboutBuses stock photo



 The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) welcomes the fact that, for the first time in living memory, London has an inclusive plan to get the best out of its road network for everyone who uses its infrastructure. The Institute holds a unique position in representing all those designing, delivering and using London’s road network; it therefore applauds the Mayor’s Road Task Force’s holistic vision for improving London’s roads to ensure the most efficient movement of freight and people. The new plan addresses the needs of all users, from buses and motorists to local residents, cyclists, retailers and freight and services providers.

 CILT’s Chief Executive, Steve Agg FCILT, a member of the task force charged with drawing up a vision to improve the performance of London’s road network to create a more ‘liveable’ city, says that this is the first time that road freight has had ‘a place at the table’, as an integral part of the vision to improve life in London.

 Drawing on the recommendations of the CILT’s influential recent report Maintaining Momentum: The Summer 2012 Logistics Legacy, the Roads Task Force is recommending a package of measures designed to improve the way freight traffic is managed in the capital that will enable deliveries to be retimed outside peak hours, with well-managed access for freight to support businesses, thereby reducing congestion and improving safety for all road users.

Steve Agg says: “The role of freight transport in keeping London moving during the Olympics was vital, and this was not forgotten with the formation of the new Task Force. Roads and the movement of people, freight and services are essential to the economic success of London – a city where people live, work and play.”

Central to the Task Force’s vision for freight transport in the Capital are measures to re-time deliveries by HGVs and freight out of peak hours, as seen during the London 2012 Games, and switching some deliveries to vans, bikes or powered two wheelers.

Other measures to be taken forward include ensuring efficient road links and reducing ‘pinch points’ at key junctions. These steps will support businesses, including tradesmen and small businesses reliant on vans, as well as access to suppliers and markets.

CILT also welcomes the introduction of more intelligent systems and technology, to reduce delays at traffic signals, smooth traffic flows and provide road users with the best possible real-time information to help plan journeys.

The Institute also applauds the Task Force Report’s call for even greater sustainability, embracing ‘next generation’ travel demand, encouraging a greater shift to more sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and powered two wheelers.

Steve Agg adds: “Coupled with existing plans for rail investment such as Crossrail 2, this is a great opportunity to get the balance right between the movement of goods and people, and establishing a sense of place.”

(UK, News) New Volvo Coaches For Lochs and Glens [10July2013]



VOLVO PRESS RELEASE: New Volvos for Lochs and Glens


Scottish-based coach holiday specialists, Lochs and Glens have taken delivery of eight new Volvo B13R, 14 metre, tri-axle, Jonckheere bodied coaches as part of an ongoing upgrade to their all Volvo fleet.


The Gartocharn registered company operates 16 coaches in total, all of which are specified on the proven Volvo chassis. “Lochs and Glens has always been a traditional Volvo operator,” explained Transport Manager, Steve Nicols.


“Five of the new vehicles are being operated by us, the remaining three are in our livery and are working on our holiday programme, but are actually owned and operated by Leeming Bar based Procters Coaches,” he explained.


“Obviously we’ve had Volvo B13Rs before so we knew what we were getting. The key factors for us in determining vehicle selection were fuel economy, reliability and engine power,” he continued. “We need the extra torque up here in Scotland, because the vehicles are regularly travelling over steep terrain to reach any one of our seven idyllic hotel locations.


“The Jonckheere bodywork also played a part in our decision. The styling combined with the Volvo chassis really does give us the complete package.”


Lochs and Glens new 57 seater vehicles are specified with Volvo’s fuel efficient, 13-litre, diesel engine rated at 460hp, coupled to the Volvo I-Shift gearbox. Each of the eight new coaches feature an eye-catching light Ivory paintwork and includes the company’s logo on the livery.


An ergonomic driving position, with easy-reach controls, adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel means the B13R is a popular choice with drivers and makes it ideal for long journeys, such as those undertaken on the Lochs and Glens holiday tour programme.


The Volvo B13R is equally suited to the needs of its passengers with carpet throughout, three-point safety belts, leather headrests, two TV screens, CD & DVD capability, as well as an on-board toilet. Additional features on the vehicles include a fridge, hoover and CCTV system.


“We deal with the Volvo Bus dealership North and Scotland at Cardonald,” continued Steve Nicols, “they’ve been a good support to us and of course we’ve traditionally worked with Volvo Bus Regional Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby.


“I was sorry to hear Duncan would be changing position within the Volvo Group as I enjoyed working with him, however we’re now working with another top Volvo Coach Sales Manager in James Hyde and we’ve already put in another order ready for next year.”