Erland Morelissen, Volvo and one of the Sales-Lentz owners, Marc Sales, in front of the Volvo 7700 Hybrid.
Maurice Brown, our city bus product manager, and I came in late on Wednesday. It was already dark and the quest for food in a small eastern province of Belgium was far from easy by this hour. The Pinocchio Pizza however, turned out to our satisfaction.
I was most disappointed to cancel the jogging in the morning due to heavy rain, mist and complete darkness in the vicinity of the remote forest Hotell. The rumour of the local wild bores made the decision easy.
Only two days after the European Environmental ministers meeting in Luxemburg the private operator Sales-Lentz arranged an environmental symposium. The Environment and Transport Minister of Luxemburg, Mr Lucien Lux, participated in the symposium.
Jos Sales, one of the brothers owning the operation gave an introduction to the symposium. The times are changing, when a private operator precedes the authorities.
The large bus manufacturers gave presentations. Maurice and I started out as the Volvo representatives. The focus was of course on our hybrid bus and the environmental benefits. I prepared a couple of new slides where the benefit of our parallel designed is explained in comparison to the serial hybrids. In brief the parallel beats the standard bus in all kinds of traffic while the serial hybrid only offers an advantage in very dense city traffic. In addition the I-SAM parallel hybrid is designed for simplicity, reliability and cost efficiency. The integration of the energy management on the vehicle level offers additional fuel consumption improvement.
As a manifestation of the environmental lead, at the finish of the symposium the Sales brothers signed the contract on the first six 7700 Hybrid buses of the new I-SAM parallel hybrid generation.