28 articulated hybrid vehicles manufactured by Volvo Buses are now transporting passengers around Budapest. This is the largest ever order for the Volvo 7900 Articulated Hybrid. The customer is the Hungarian bus operator T&J Busz. In addition to the 28 buses, Volvo will also be supplying service and maintenance for all the units, including the batteries, for a fixed monthly cost. The sale was made in collaboration with the Hungarian company Rába Automotive, which also supplied the seats for the buses.
This model has a large passenger capacity, low noise and emission levels and fuel consumption which is 30% below that of an equivalent diesel bus. This makes it an attractive alternative for large cities where the focus is on sustainable transport. The electric motor and the diesel engine can be used together or separately. At stops, the bus is powered by the quiet, emission-free electric motor. The energy generated during engine braking is stored in the batteries and used to power the electric motor.
“It’s really good news that Budapest has also decided to invest in hybrid technology. We have sold more than 1,900 hybrid buses to cities in 21 countries, but this is the largest single order so far for articulated hybrid buses,” said Arpad Szucs, Country Manager at Volvo Buses in Hungary.
Moreover, Fredrik Röstad, Head of Area East Europe at Volvo Buses, stated: “Customers who make the move to a new technology obviously want to feel secure. This is why we offer business models where we take responsibility for all the maintenance of the buses for a fixed, predefined cost. This is a win-win situation for both parties.”
Source: Volvo Buses