The 7th of January one of the first fleets of Volvo 7900 Hybrid was taken into service in Kolding in Denmark.
I had the opportunity to say a few words about the environmental performance. The new hybrid buses will significantly reduce the environmental impact relative to the main environmental alternative gas (CNG):
+50% less fuel consumption
+significantly less Noise
+50% less total environmental impact (including energy, CO2, NOx and particulates according to 2009/33/EC)
We had a ride through the city of Kolding in one of the buses that was decorated with numerous Danish flags (Dannebrogen, which is considered to be the oldest national flag in the world stemming from 1219). There was a brisk wind and some fog in the air. The hybrid showed off for the day with a long electric drive when leaving the railway station. The electric start, which will give relief to citizens living close to bus stops, was demonstrated at several occasions.
The new hybrid buses were introduced in a partnership between the operator Tide, Volvo Bus, City of Kolding and Sydtrafik.