150 Double-Decker Electrical Buses From Volvo Headed To UK

One of many largest double-decker electrical bus orders in historical past simply went down within the UK. Stagecoach, one of many UK’s largest coach and bus operators, has ordered 150 electrical double-decker electrical buses in addition to 39 single-decker electrical buses from Volvo Buses. That is the biggest electrical bus order Volvo Buses has ever obtained.

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The Volvo BZL Electrical buses will go into operation in Stockport and London in late 2023 and in 2024, with most of them headed for Stockport riders in the summertime of 2024. All 150 double-deckers and 20 of the single-deckers will go to Stockport, which is on the sting of Manchester. These buses “will function MCV bodywork constructed to Transport for Manchester specs.”

The remaining 19 Volvo BZL Electrical buses are for London. Presumably, although, London will get many extra buses sooner or later. One would assume that must be the case. These 19 buses will go into operation in late 2023 and early 2024 for London passengers.

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These 189 Volvo electrical buses be part of one other 55 that Stagecoach has ordered from Volvo Buses — 25 of these (single-deckers) have referred to as Scotland dwelling since March and 30 (double-deckers) have referred to as Cambridge dwelling since final month, Could.

“Stagecoach was our first Volvo BZL Electrical buyer within the UK, so it’s an honour to now be supplying these buses at scale,” says Anna Westerberg, President of Volvo Buses. “The strengthening of this partnership illustrates how our product and experience can assist public transport networks to cut back emissions.”

“We’re excited to be asserting our largest electrical automobile order up to now, which might be a serious step ahead in enhancing air high quality domestically,” says Sam Greer, Engineering Director for Stagecoach. “This builds additional on the funding being made by Stagecoach throughout the nation to assist the transition to a zero-emission bus fleet.”

Towards the tip of 2022, Transport for London bus operator Metroline ordered 48 Volvo BZL Electrical single-deckers. These will go into operation within the second half of 2023.

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In April of this yr, Volvo Buses set to work lining up extra of the manufacturing capability for its rising electrical bus order log. The corporate “signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the bodybuilder MCV (Manufacturing Industrial Automobiles) with the intention to supply our bodies for its electrical buses for the city- and intercity segments in European markets.” Serial manufacturing of those buses begins this summer time. The primary of these buses might be delivered in early 2025. “The intention is that MCV underneath license will produce our bodies for town buses Volvo 7900 Electrical and the Volvo 7900 Electrical Artic with each two and three axles. For the intercity phase Volvo Buses and MCV will work collectively to develop an electrical supply. As earlier communicated, chassis manufacturing will stay at Volvo Buses’ vegetation in Borås and Uddevalla, Sweden.”

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The electrical bus revolution is underway in Europe, and Volvo Buses is seeking to play a much bigger and larger function.

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