Volvo recently presented our contribution to the European Bus System of the Future, EBSF , which is a joint European project with about 50 partners.
Our contribution has the objective to shorten stop time at the bus stops by efficient boarding.
Wide doors and an open layout makes it easier for travelers to access to the bus. The layout of the seats includes a number of driver controlled foldable seats. In rush hours the 18 metre articulated EBSF bus can carry almost as many passengers as a 24 metre biarticulated, while at other times the buss offers many more seats than the corresponding bus does today. It has thus been possible to combine capacity and comfort!
A learning from the meeting is that the new design will decrease the environmental impact by about 4% just by lowering the stop time at the bus stops.
The indirect effect of attracting more passengers deserves a separate chapter in the blog…