Volvo has received an order from the Belgian capital to deliver 90 hybrid buses, with most due to arrive this year. Brussels has recently raised the fine dust alarm and is increasingly cleaning its act through actions such as this.
The latest measures include an air pollution emergency plan which permits local authorities to ban cars from the streets at certain days and to offer free access to buses and trains.
In a more longterm move, Brussels also wants to electrify its entire public transport successively until 2030. The latest order for hybrid buses is part of this plan. The 90 Volvo 7900 Hybrids will be received by STIB-MIVB, Brussels’ public transport provider. Most of the buses are to enter regular service this year. The order also includes service and maintenance of the buses, which will be handled by Volvo Trucks Center Brussels.
The hybird fleet will join 25 all-electric bendy buses. They have been ordered from Solaris reportedly and are to take up their duty in early 2019.
For Volvo Buses, the contract has added on to their records and the Swedes say they have sold more than 4,000 electrified coaches to date worldwide.
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