Hybrid Baptism

Last week the Luzern transport authority (VBL) arranged an event for the inauguration of their new hybrid bus fleet.

Luzern is a ~100 000 person city located at Vierwaldstättersee in the middle of Switzerland. As most Swiss cities the public transports are very well established and used by most people for their daily travel. The space taken by the ancient city is squeezed between the lake and the mountains.

The beautiful scenery in combination with the sensitive wild life of the alpine region makes the people of Luzern particularly concerned about their common environment. VBL is constantly evaluating new technologies and carefully choose combinations that can be proven to ad value to the public transport system.

I dare say that the breathtaking view of the lake and mountain panorama steels the attention from the beauty of the hybrid buses (fortunately cropping the photo allowed me to avoid this side effect of the venue).


The roads in Luzern have a very “dynamic” character covering:


a)      dense city traffic with very slow average speed in the city centre,


b)      traditional regional traffic with speeds of 60-80 km/h along the connecting valleys 


c)      flat almost constant speed driving 50 km/h along the lake side


d)      hilly roads with a decent of up to 12%


The extreme fuel consumption savings in all traffic situations in combination with the environmental performance of the new Volvo 7700 meets the highest demands.



About volvobuses

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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2 Responses to Hybrid Baptism

  1. Martin says:

    Congratulations for the great hybrid buses 7700 and 7900! I’m very happy, that VBL uses 6 hybrid 7700 and I really hope that they will order some more VOLVO buses. I’am a real fan of VOLVO buses, since I grew up in Lucerne. Imagine that the whole fleet of diesel buses in Lucerne consisted only of your products until 2001. My heart was really bleeding, when they totally changed to MB Citaro (about 90 buses nowadays).
    I have a question about the new 7900 hybrid. Why did you not show an articulated 7900 hybrid. Is it planed to build this bus? I suppose that this model would be very popular in Switzerland! In Lucerne for exemple VBL will have to replace some of the articulated Citaro within the next years. The hybrid technology is very popular in Lucerne. I hope so much, that you can offer VBL always the best opportunity.
    your’s sincerely

    • volvobuses says:

      Hoj Martin,
      and thank you very much for the positive feed-back.
      We are so very happy for the success of the hybrids in Luzern and the warm reception you given the buses.
      About the articulated version we are working on the development. It is clear that there will be an offer. We are determined to make it a success on the same level as the 4×2 12m bus and for that a careful development work is required.
      Best regards from Alicante

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