This years UITP congress is speckled with hybrid buses. So far, only Volvo offers a parallel hybrid. In addition Volvo is the only bus supplier ready to take orders and to supply an industrialised solution (i.e. not prototype status).
Tuesday morning most bus manufacturers spoke about their serial hybrids. As I previously written about in the blog there are plenty of arguments for choosing the parallel technology: fuel consumption in a wide range of applications, bus weight and passenger capacity, emissions, silent start, operation up-time and reliability, just to mention some.
The transmission system suppliers at UITP announce that they will be ready to supply the parallel hybrid systems within a few years. Except for Volvo of course, that already have the in-house developed system in industrialised production. It is now openly acknowledged, by the automotive suppliers, that the parallel hybrid concept will become the preferred bus technology of choice, just as it manifested it superior properties already in the car business.
Last night, I went to the Grinsing suburb to experience the local Heurigen wine with some colleagues and operators. A great experience, that however not is to recommend as a warm-up for the morning jogging, where I got toasted by my colleague Maria Karlsson.