Sin­ga­pore or­ders 50 Volvo hy­brid buses

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The Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity of Sin­ga­pore (LTA) has awarded Volvo Buses an or­der for 50 Volvo 7900 Hy­brids in con­tin­u­a­tion of its ef­forts to build a more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly pub­lic bus fleet.

“Not only can com­muters ex­pect qui­eter and smoother rides, bus cap­tains can also en­joy a more com­fort­able work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. To pre­pare our bus work­force for this change, LTA will work with in­dus­try part­ners to help up­grade our bus pro­fes­sion­als through the Sin­ga­pore Bus Academy,” the LTA said.

Volvo 7900 Hy­brid uses 30% less fuel and has a cor­re­spond­ingly lower cli­mate im­pact than a diesel bus, and just half the ni­tro­gen ox­ide and par­ti­cle emis­sions. In to­tal, Volvo Buses has now sold more than 3,000 hy­brids world­wide.

Sin­ga­pore is con­sid­ered one of the lead­ers in pub­lic trans­porta­tion in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion. Many coun­tries look to learn from the Sin­ga­pore ex­pe­ri­ence and en­hance their pub­lic trans­port of­fer­ings. Volvo Buses are a well-re­spected and strong part­ner of the pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors and Trans­port Au­thor­i­ties in Sin­ga­pore.

“The or­der for the hy­brid buses from the Sin­ga­pore LTA is a ma­jor break­through and re-em­pha­sises the tech­nol­ogy lead­er­ship and com­mer­cial value de­liv­ered by Volvo Buses in Sin­ga­pore”, Man­ish Sahi, Head of Volvo Buses, Re­gion Sin­ga­pore, said. “These buses will pro­vide stake­hold­ers from across the re­gion the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence and understand these tech­nolo­gies and will sup­port Sin­ga­pore as a ‘must visit’ item on the agenda of pub­lic trans­port reg­u­la­tors and op­er­a­tors in the re­gion,” Akash Passey, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Volvo Buses Re­gion In­ter­na­tional, said.

The 50 buses, which are pow­ered by a diesel engine as well as bat­tery power, will be rolled out grad­u­ally for ser­vice by the sec­ond half of 2018.

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