First Hybrid Volvo Bus to Ply on Navi Mumbai Roads
Published On Feb 15, 2016
The Swedish automobile major, Volvo delivered its first set of hybrid buses to India yesterday. The first city in the country to operate these hybrid buses would be Navi Mumbai. Volvo made the announcement in the Make in India week held at Mumbai. Devendra Phadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharastra received a symbolic key from Stefen Lofven, Prime Minister, Sweden. VRV Sriprasad, business head for India & South Asia, Volvo Buses, and Akash Passey, Senior Vice President, Business Region International, Volvo Buses, were too present at the event.
These Volvo 8400 city buses are certified by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and come under the government’s FAME scheme. The buses will receive a subsidy of INR 61 lakh thus bringing the total cost of the bus to INR 2.3 crore. The hybrid buses are the variants of the existing model, Volvo 8400, of which 1500 buses are already plying in 34 cities in the country.
Speaking on this event, Akash Passey said, “This is a significant development that the first hybrid bus being introduced in India is a Volvo. Our first electro-mobility journey in India started with an investment back in 2007. From developing BRT solutions to cleaner technologies, we have always taken the first initiative. The hybrid solution has a proven track record of saving 30 to 35 percent fuel. The technology also enables up to 50 percent reduction in hazardous emissions in actual customer operations. We are confident that this initiative will spur demand from other cities in India for hybrid mobility solutions.”
Commenting on this event, VRV Sriprasad said, “This is yet another high point in Volvo Buses’ India journey that spans over 14 years. We are already partnering five cities worldwide and now Navi Mumbai and Thane also get added as our partnership cities. I would like to thank Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation for the confidence and trust imposed on Volvo. Their initiative to take the first step to operate Volvo hybrid buses is admirable. We are also actively engaging in this self-sustainable mobility mission. Going forward, we look to strengthen our electro-mobility programme in India.”