Thursday, 5 July 2012

Volvo CNG City bus trials commence in Mumbai after Delhi - Images



Volvo Buses India commenced the trials of the Volvo 8400 low-floor CNG city bus in Mumbai. Mr. Ashok Patil, Chairman of Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) flagged off the bus from Oshiwara depot. Manish Sahi, Managing Director, Volvo Buses in India was present on the occasion. Senior officials of BEST were also present at the ceremony. This initiative has been made possible with support from BEST.

Following the successful trials in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai, the Volvo 8400 low-floor CNG city bus will now run in Mumbai. The CNG city bus, like all products from the Volvo stable, adheres to the highest quality, safety and technology standards. The high-performance CNG engine has been designed to meet the rigours of city driving conditions.

Akash Passey, Senior Vice President – Business Region International, Volvo Bus Corporation and Chairman of the Board, Volvo Buses in India said, “Volvo Buses’ understanding of the customer and passenger needs has reflected in the kind of products it has developed for Indian cities. The Volvo 8400 low-floor CNG city bus has been adapted for specific needs and is an effective solution to address sustainable public transport and clean technology concerns. We are happy that BEST has decided to run trials with this bus. We are confident that passengers in Mumbai will experience the quality, comfort and motivation to travel that this bus offers.”

Volvo today has the richest experience in high-performing coaches and city buses with its city buses today operating in 13 cities of India. Backed by world-renowned Volvo Technology, The design of the Volvo CNG City bus is an outcome of this very experience and close collaboration between product designers in Sweden and India.

The Volvo 8400 low-floor CNG city bus typifies the strengths of Volvo in terms of reliability, better performance, optimal operating costs, passenger & driver comfort and safety. It has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class and a perfectly matched driveline enhances the driving performance. The low-entry at the front and in the middle, means it is easy to get on and off, even for passengers with impaired mobility.

The CNG variant also houses the new transmission from Volvo - Ecolife, which aims to offer the driver and passengers a superior drive experience. It offers significant fuel reduction opportunities due to a fine-tuned optimised gear system which operates at the most efficient speed ranges in terms of fuel consumption. The bus is equipped with intelligent systems to recognise when a vehicle is moving into idle or into gear thereby reducing fuel consumption again.

The Volvo 8400 low-floor CNG city bus will now have an even stronger retarder system which ensures that the ride is even more jerk-free than ever. There is also far little noise in turn and much lesser heat passed onto the brakes.

Safety is a core value at Volvo Buses and the Volvo 8400 low-floor CNG city bus is yet another instance of a product designed to offer enhanced safety to drivers and passengers. The CNG city bus has unique features such as self-diagnostics and sensors for crash, heat & fire detection that increase safety levels in the bus.

Source : Volvo

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