Volvo's Sales of Electric Buses Top 4,000

Volvo Buses has now sold more than 4000 electrified Volvo buses to customers around the world, the company announced March 14, saying its latest order is for 90 hybrid buses from Brussels.

Volvo Buses has now sold more than 4,000 electrified Volvo buses to customers around the world, the company announced March 14, saying its latest order is for 90 hybrid buses from Brussels. The company manufactures electric and hybrid buses.

The technology used in Volvo's electric buses is also being developed and adapted to other products within the Volvo Group to create sustainable transport systems. The 90 Volvo 7900 Hybrids were ordered by STIB-MIVB, which provides public transport in Brussels. Most of the buses will be delivered and will enter regular traffic service this year, as Brussels takes "a significant step in expansion and modernization of the city's public transport," according to Volvo's announcement. It says the city aims to have its entire vehicle fleet electrified by 2030 or earlier.

"Belgium continues to take the lead for cleaner and quieter urban traffic. Just a year ago, we received an equally large order for electrified buses from TEC for the Belgian cities Charleroi and Namur. Now Brussels, too, is choosing our technology. This is a major success that takes our total sales of electrified buses to over 4,000 units," said Håkan Agnevall, president of Volvo Buses.

Volvo Buses' electrified buses include hybrid buses, rechargeable electric hybrid buses, and all-electric buses. The 7900 Hybrid is propelled entirely electrically and emission-free from standstill up to 15-20 km/h. As the speed rises, a small diesel engine is activated. The 7900 Hybrid offers 30-40 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 than a corresponding diesel bus. Particle and nitrogen oxide emissions are 50 percent lower, according to Volvo.

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