Volvo dazzles with hybrid double-decker bus debut
This month saw the world premiere of Volvo’s hybrid double-decker bus at the NEC in Birmingham. The Euro Bus Expo event was selected as the occasion to dazzle the world with the marque’s latest electromobility project for smart city operations, going one step further than the Volvo 7900 single-decker electric hybrid bus that debuted in 2014.
The double-decker, known as B5LHC Double Deck, features a powerful electric motor, a high-capacity lithium ion battery and the on-board equipment for opportunity charging.
Up to 87 passengers will be able to enjoy less noise and cleaner air thanks to electric motoring and zero tailpipe emissions according to Volvo Bus managing director Nick Page. He also commented that ‘The new Volvo B5LHC Electric Hybrid is an exciting addition to our city bus range, saving up to 75% in diesel fuel cost compared to an equivalent diesel double deck bus’.
The Volvo hybrid double-decker bus offers additional advantages – it allows for bus routes to be reconsidered as with zero emissions, travel into enclosed spaces is a possibility. Outside zero-emissions zones such as city centres, the B5LHC performs as a hybrid diesel vehicle, increasing its range and giving greater flexibility. Regenerative braking also takes place, adding another string to the Volvo’s bow.
Look out in London next year for the Volvo B5LHC Double Deck as two have been scheduled for evaluation in 2017 on the capital’s streets – that’s why the launch bus has been built to Transport for London’s specifications and bodied by Wrightbus.
To experience hybrid technology from Volvo for yourself, get in touch with Lancaster to arrange a test drive in the hybrid-electric model of your choice – the luxurious XC90 and striking V60 are both available right now.