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Volvo hybrid city bus to be introduced in India next year

Volvo hybrid city bus launch in 2016

The hybrid buses will benefit from the subsidies under the government’s FAME scheme.

Volvo India Pvt. Ltd. has announced that it will introduce hybrid buses in India in the first half of 2016. The first Volvo hybrid city bus will kick start its pilot operations with Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) before large scale fleets are inducted across top metros in the country.

The hybrid buses that are to be sold in the country will be made at the Swedish CV major’s facility near Bangalore. Both the manufacturer and the customers would benefit from the Indian government’s FAME (Faster Adaption and Manufacturing of Electric and hybrid vehicles) scheme which offers subsidies for greener technology.

Volvo hybrid city bus India

Volvo Hybrid city bus is claimed to offer around 39% better fuel efficiency compared to a diesel bus.

Since public transport systems continue to form the backbone of urban commuting, large scale adoption of hybrid vehicles would lead to significant reduction of vehicular pollution and the country’s crude oil consumption. Volvo claims that it’s hybrid city bus’ fuel efficiency would be 39% higher than that of a conventional diesel bus. The hybridization is also claimed to reduce carbon emission by 39% and NoX emission by 50%.

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Volvo has sold 2,300 hybrid buses in 20 different markets across the globe. The green vehicles-friendly policy is expected to increase the company’s sales volume in India in the coming years. Soon, we could expect the commercial vehicle manufacturer to start selling hybrid intercity coaches to private fleet operators.

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