Volvo Ocean Race stop-over at Itajai

Being a passionate sailor myself it’s hard to decline an invitation to the Volvo Ocean Race event. The event is visited by hundreds of thousands every third year when it takes place. It is truly one of the most challenging sailing contests on the planet.

Lots of school kids visit the Volvo Ocean Race to learn about climate change and environment challenges for the oceans.

Lots of school kids visit the Volvo Ocean Race to learn about climate change and environment challenges for the oceans.

For Volvo Buses it is an excellent opportunity to display our offers of buses and services to the public and to our customers and key partners. In Itajai we were honored by visits of our most valuable partners in South America.

I presented our new hybrid and electric hybrid (by some called plug-in) offers. In short it is a complete range of advanced buses that have our modular platform of electromobility components and services in common.

Volvo was first in the heavy duty vehicle industry in introducing Lithium Ion Batteries. We have successfully taken the energy storage to a new level. It is now generally recognized that Lithium Ion batteries will be an important part of the ongoing paradigm shift to electromobility and Volvo has the longest and most successful experience.

over 2000 volvo hybrids sold

I believe that the key to our success is that we manage to deliver on our promises on fuel consumption, reliability and total cost of ownership. We have kept an honest and transparent communication that gradually has been confirmed by operators, institutes and authorities.

Graph: Fuel Consumption vs average speed plot of individual hybrid buses in the period 29th of November 2014 to 29th of December 2014. Each dot is accumulated monthly data for one bus. The lack of data from similar diesel buses in the same traffic as the hybrid buses gives less confidence therefore the red line above is set at the 95% confidence interval for all reference buses in South America. The implication of this is that the fuel saving is more than 33% with 95% probability.

Graph: Fuel Consumption vs average speed plot of individual hybrid buses in the period 29th of November 2014 to 29th of December 2014. Each dot is accumulated monthly data for one bus. The lack of data from similar diesel buses in the same traffic as the hybrid buses gives less confidence therefore the red line above is set at the 95% confidence interval for all reference buses in South America. The implication of this is that the fuel saving is more than 33% with 95% probability.

The most recent baby in the family is the South American Double Decker. She will become a success for any city that prioritizes comfort as well as environmental performance. This is most welcome where cities need to offer attractiveness for car users.

The new Volvo DD Global Hybrid (Body by Marcopolo) with Volvo Ocean Race striping

The new Volvo DD Global Hybrid (Body by Marcopolo) with Volvo Ocean Race striping

Volvo has sold more than 500 hybrid buses in South America. And the feed-back and experience is overwhelming. We are immensely proud to be able to contribute to upgrading the role of the bus to become the leading contributor of environmentally sane city renewal.

Unfortunately, I had to leave right before the in-port race got started but I got a couple of snapshots of the boats as they were tumbling in the port.

Volvo Ocean Race Team SCA in Itajai harbor

Volvo Ocean Race Team SCA in Itajai harbor

Volvo Ocean Race Team Dong Feng

Volvo Ocean Race Team Dong Feng

Beach Panorama from morning jogging at Balneário Cambóriu

Beach Panorama from morning jogging at Balneário Cambóriu

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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