In 2010 the Challenge Bibendum event took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the race, new vehicles challenge the state of the technology in different race classes. Now a days, Challenge Bibendum has strong environmental focus including disciplines such as Noise, Hazardous emissions, carbon dioxide and fuel efficiency.
Three Volvo buses and coaches participated:
1) B9SALF a bi-articulated bus with very high passenger capacity, the only full low floor bus in Latin America, with high preference for BRT routes.
2) B7RLE a low entry bus with global sales known for its low fuel consumption, in the race a prototype body was used.
3) B9R a coach with a high efficiency 9 litre engine equipped with the I-Shift automatic manual gear box.
The bi-articulated performed very well and we know that it has superior performance when it comes to fuel efficiency per passenger. It was alone in its class and was hence not listed for any prices.
Both the B9R and the B7RLE were rewarded in the race. Most impressive was the fuel consumption for B7RLE of 13.7 litre per 100 km, and yes it’s a twelve meter bus on a standard Volvo chassis!