Volvo Hybrid Buses Drive into Mexico & Brazil


The bus manufacturer, Volvo Bus Corporation, is enjoying good demand for its hybrid buses in the European world. During May of this year, it began serial production of hybrid buses, the Volvo 7700 Hybrid and the double-decker Volvo B5L Hybrid. Now the company has agreed to bring its hybrid vehicles to Mexico and Brazil for trial drives. The test drive in Latin America is held in cooperation with the Clinton Climate Initiative organization. The organization jointly demonstrates the major benefits provided by the hybrid technology and the Bus Rapid Transit system with Volvo.

The first hybrid bus has been operating in test traffic in, Brazil at Curitiba, in collaboration with URBS. Brazil is investing significantly to create more efficient and environmentally sound transport solutions as part of the preparations to host the Soccer World Cup in 2014.

A Volvo 7700 Hybrid which arrived in Mexico will have a trial service running and also be featured at a conference on sustainable transports at the major COP 16 climate conference in Cancun.

The parallel hybrid system of the buses enables the utilization of a smaller diesel engine and an electric motor which power the bus independently as well as simultaneously.

The fuel consumption of the bus is reduced by up to 35% and carbon emissions are reduced almost by quarter percentage. Other emissions are about 40-50% lower. The hybrid technology, says Autobloggreen, is also likely to reduce noise pollution creating a quiet and exhaust-free environment at bus stops.

The vehicle is also spacious and can carry more passengers. The mechanism of recovering the brake energy and storing in a lithium-ion battery is used here, which provides energy to the electric motor for drive power.

The demand for these hybrid solutions are pouring in not only from Europe but also from several other places around the world.

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