The hybrid interest is growing rapidely in Europe. A few weeks ago Volvo delivered the first BeNeLux 7900 Hybrid buses to the City of Luxemburg (AVL). The buses are painted in the new eye catching color scheme of the city.
Luxemburg private operator Sales-Lentz was pioneering the Volvo hybrid technology already in 2009. It is now one of the leading cities with a total of 25 hybrid buses. The buses are split on the three operators Sales-Lentz, AVL and Weber.
The new buses have double glazed windows to support a pleasant climate in the bus. The 7900 is another 500 kg lighter than the predecessor, which in turn already was the market leading hybrid also in terms of weight. The Volvo Hybrid buses are the only hybrids on the European market that deliver the fuel savings that are claimed. Under favorable conditions savings of up to 39% are reported relative to Euro V diesel buses. In mixed city and regional operation the buses are expected to save 25 to 30% fuel relative to the corresponding diesel buses.
However, the most striking benefit is the silent electrical start that saves bistros, restaurants and people living close to bus stops from noise and emission clouds from the take-off from the bus stops. Depending on battery status and topographic conditions most starts will be electrical starts.