Transmillenio visiting COP15 in Copenhagen

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.

With good support from my Danish Volvo colleagues we managed to jump on the Volvo Hybrid running the COP15 route from Bella Centre to downtown. The vehicle worked excellently, without any disturbances. I was struck by the smoothness at the silent take off’s and our visitors were equally impressed. They could quickly translate to what this could mean in Bogota where engines work hard at the high altitude (2600m) and often emit quite a lot of smoke at take off.
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! 

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Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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