Modern cities




Especially with growing population, many cities around the world have concerns about air quality and noise. Legislation for emissions has gradually grown stricter for cars, buses and trucks alike.

Buses naturally face tougher challenges and demands as they drive through residential areas, close to people and homes.

Volvo made the bold choice to only offer hybrid buses for city traffic in Europe. Not one single low-floor buses (except one double-decker version for UK) are delivered without a hybrid drive. The hybrid bus can start from the bus-stop in electric mode, which makes it more silent than the diesel version.

Hamburg is a city with one of the most visionary public transport plans in Europe. HOCHBAHN is the main operator in the city and has been leading the development in realizing the vision of Mayor Olaf Scholz and HOCHBAHN Chairman Günter Elste. HOCHBAHN has started to realize this vision by investing in Volvo Hybrid buses, but this is just the beginning. From 2020, Hamburg will only buy emission-free buses.

Recently, Hamburg has taken yet another step t when HOCHBAHN ordered three Electric Hybrid buses from Volvo. The Electric Hybrid buses use high power opportunity charging from the electric grid to enable the buses to run mainly in silent and emission free electric mode. The new buses will be taken into traffic by the end of this year.

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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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2 Responses to Modern cities

  1. Arun kumar says:

    In India your Buses having exhaust in rear downwards,If possible Pl make it upward,Because
    existing design creates more dust in Atmosphere,our roads are dusty,I feel it Pollutes,It is harmful to the peoples behind,mainly Two wheeler riders,Hope you take Positively,It will be appreciatable for your action.

    • volvobuses says:

      Dear Arun Kumar,
      Thank you for the feed-back.
      Our base for the development in India is the European product line with different design criteria.
      We truely appreciate your input.
      I will forward it to our product management team.
      Br. Edward

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