Last week the Luzern transport authority (VBL) arranged an event for the inauguration of their new hybrid bus fleet.
Luzern is a ~100 000 person city located at Vierwaldstättersee in the middle of Switzerland. As most Swiss cities the public transports are very well established and used by most people for their daily travel. The space taken by the ancient city is squeezed between the lake and the mountains.
The beautiful scenery in combination with the sensitive wild life of the alpine region makes the people of Luzern particularly concerned about their common environment. VBL is constantly evaluating new technologies and carefully choose combinations that can be proven to ad value to the public transport system.
I dare say that the breathtaking view of the lake and mountain panorama steels the attention from the beauty of the hybrid buses (fortunately cropping the photo allowed me to avoid this side effect of the venue).
The roads in Luzern have a very “dynamic” character covering:
a) dense city traffic with very slow average speed in the city centre,
b) traditional regional traffic with speeds of 60-80 km/h along the connecting valleys
c) flat almost constant speed driving 50 km/h along the lake side
d) hilly roads with a decent of up to 12%
The extreme fuel consumption savings in all traffic situations in combination with the environmental performance of the new Volvo 7700 meets the highest demands.