A few days ago the first hybrid buses began their life long journey for the citizens and for the environment in Curitiba. The buses run under the local nickname Hibribus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcVaBZSnUqo). The interest for environmental protection is as strong in cities in Brazil as in many western cities.
We all often have difficulties to focus on more than one thing at the time. As environmental director I’m therefore particularly happy to see the parallel requirement for lower emissions of NOx, particulates, energy efficiency and abatement of global warming. Foresighted politicians in Latin America promote clean cities. Public Transport Authorities in Curitiba and other major cities in Latin America have an important role in future decisions. Should the city become clean, silent and fossil free or not?
When Volvo Bus decided to initiate the project that went under the internal nick-name “The global hybrid roll-out” the production facility in Curitiba was a natural choice for the chassis production. The hybrid success in Curitiba in my mind is a first living example of how global issues are dealt with in a responsible way globally and not only in western metropolitan cities. The hybrid buses are Euro V certified and the total environmental impact is far below future Euro VI buses. Initial questions about low sulfur fuel was solved by the simple principle: You can if you will.
To realize the global hybrid roll-out not only city authorities and Volvo Bus have invested, also body builders and suppliers needs to show interest and engagement. Volvo Bus is grateful to be able to deal with professional body builders and partners, willing to invest in the future.
The delivery of the first 60 low entry hybrid buses was the first examination in the electromobility school in Curitiba, but it was certainly not the last.
Best wishes to all 60 students from a proud environmental director.