Bris­bane City Coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to a clean, low-car­bon pub­lic trans­port net­work has been boosted by the de­ploy­ment of four Vol­gren-built Euro 6 buses

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“Bris­bane City Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to the city be­ing sus­tain­able”

Bris­bane City Coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to a clean, low-car­bon pub­lic trans­port net­work has been boosted by the de­ploy­ment of four Vol­gren-built Euro 6 buses.

Op­er­at­ing across stan­dard bus ser­vices in Bris­bane, the 12.5m-long Vol­gren Op­ti­mus buses are built on Volvo’s B8RLE chas­sis with its low-emis­sion Euro 6 en­gine. The new chas­sis com­ple­ments Vol­gren’s ground-break­ing Op­ti­mus, launched in 2013.

The early in­tro­duc­tion of the Vol­gren-bod­ied B8RLE Euro 6 buses gives the coun­cil the op­por­tu­nity to eval­u­ate the per­for­mance of the new ve­hi­cles against their cur­rent Euro 5 fleet.

Man­ager of engi­neer­ing and as­set man­age­ment branch at Bris­bane City Coun­cil Karl Hain says the coun­cil op­er­ates about 1200 buses, with al­most half run­ning on com­pressed nat­u­ral gas and all new buses pow­ered by new- gen­er­a­tion, high- ef­fi­ciency, EEV diesel en­gine tech­nol­ogy.

“Bris­bane City Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to the city be­ing clean, green and sus­tain­able. Two key ar­eas this is achieved is by pro­vid­ing clean air and low­er­ing car­bon emis­sions,” Hain says.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of a Euro 6 en­gine helps coun­cil achieve these out­comes as the Euro 6 en­gine re­duces emis­sions by 80 per cent for NOx, 66 per cent for par­tic­u­late mat­ter, and 70 per cent for hy­dro­car­bons com­pared to the cur­rent leg­is­lated Euro 5 stan­dard.”

Hain says bus op­er­a­tors at the coun­cil’s Vir­ginia de­pot have al­ready re­ported im­proved per­for­mance of the Euro 6 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous Euro 5 EEV model.

“Bus op­er­a­tors have in­di­cated a clear pref­er­ence for the Euro 6 with smoother de­liv­ery of power and a qui­eter en­gine than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion EEV.

“All in­di­ca­tors sug­gest that the new ve­hi­cles have made a pos­i­tive im­pact for the en­vi­ron­ment, our op­er­a­tors and im­por­tantly, our pas­sen­gers.”

Hain adds that the joint ven­ture with lo­cally based Vol­gren sup­ports Bris­bane City Coun­cil’s pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure value for money for Bris­bane ratepay­ers while pro­vid­ing lo­cal OEM and af­ter­sales sup­port.

Vol­gren com­mer­cial man­ager Jim Jones says de­liv­ery of the Vol­gren-built buses rep­re­sents an im­por­tant mile­stone in a part­ner­ship that spans more than 15 years.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of the Euro 6s across the net­work con­trib­utes to Bris­bane be­ing recog­nised as 100 per cent car­bon neu­tral. The Trans­port for Bris­bane team has shown great lead­er­ship by in­vest­ing in the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to de­liver last­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes and a com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing driver and cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence,” Jones says.

Be­low: One of four Vol­gren­built Euro 6 buses de­liv­ered to Bris­bane City Coun­cil

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