Today I have the pleasure to great Jörgen Sjöstedt, product director for the Americas, welcome in the blog. Jörgen visited COP15 in Copenhagen while I was occupied making life cycle cost calculations in our office in Gothenburg. The remaining content of this blog is thus from Jörgen:
In the midst of the hectic COP15 I had the pleasure to share a ride in our Volvo Hybrid together with Deysi, Fernando and Mario from Transmilenio, Bogota.
They were in Copenhagen for the Climate conference as part of the group representing the Colombian government. In Colombia they are the ones managing the Transmilenio BRT system, transporting roughly 1.6 million passengers daily.
The Transmilenio system started in 2001 and the initiator, equally the Mayor at that time, Enrique Peñalosa, was recently awarded the Enviromental Prize of Gothenburg for the benefits the system has brought to the society.
Transmilenio is expanding with all sorts of buses including articulated and bi-articulated. They have a genuine interest in further improvement of the city environment and is highly interested in what the hybrid technology can bring in as benefits for Bogota. For example the performance of the Volvo hybrid system at high altitude are of interest.
After the ride in the bus we had once again to face the freezing winds of Copenhagen. Good thing that the batteries have an active temperature control heating them days like this. Now we are more convinced what our hybrids can deliver!