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Volvo Buses to focus more on hybrids and electric buses: Electromobility key to sustainable cities

Interest in energy-efficient vehicles that can operate completely or partly on electricity is growing rapidly worldwide. For Volvo Buses, which is the leader in the field, electromobility is the road to the future.

“By expanding the use of hybrids and electric vehicles, we will be able to reduce energy consumption, air pollution, climate impact and noise. Accordingly, we will be able to meet several of the biggest challenges facing large cities worldwide,” says Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Bus Corporation.

Volvo Buses’ single-minded effort has made the company market leader in hybrid buses. Since the introduction of the Volvo 7900 Hybrid in 2010, nearly 1,200 units have been sold to customers in 21 countries, while the model has been gradually developed. The current version has up to 39% lower diesel consumption and climate impact than a corresponding diesel-driven bus. This is not only suitable for inner-city traffic, but it also has the flexibility required for transport in the suburbs or to and from city centers.

“The Volvo 7900 Hybrid has proved that the hybrid technology lives up to all expectations, particularly with respect to operational safety and cost efficiency. The bus is a commercial success and has paved the way for continued technology development and new applications,” says Håkan Agnevall.
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