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Volvo to Bring Out Hybrid Buses in India by 2016

Published On Nov 25, 2015By Prashant Talreja

Swedish major, Volvo Buses is looking to introduce hybrid buses in India. According to speculations, the project is due for 2016 and the first of the buses would be seen in Navi Mumbai. The company's plan for a more sustainable technology was unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo in 2012, where it showcased hybrid buses. On the backdrop of the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India) scheme from the government, the brand is moving forward on its plans and will produce the buses in its Bangalore plant. Statistically, the new hybrid buses can secure fuel savings of 30-40% for users, depending on the prevalent conditions of the road.

Akash Passey, Senior Vice President for Volvo Buses, said, “Today, with over 5000 hybrid buses running with either the Volvo brand or Volvo-owned brands across the world, we have good experience in this technology. Starting in India, the product, of course, will be built out of our facility in Bangalore and, as is natural, you always start with the initial pilot lot of vehicles, so that the customers or the public or the authorities get a feel of what this product delivers on Indian roads.”

With a phase of decline in the Indian market now having passed, the company is optimistic with its vision for the future. Passey said, “Its good to see that in the last year, the government is taking a lot of active initiatives to bring in concepts like 'Make in India', smart cities, Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME), etc. which encourages global manufacturers like us to focus more on India. The last 3-4 years which have been tough on the business side because of the overall economy being down. We have seen a change in that. The city bus segment has still been dominant over the last few years and we see the coach market and the long distance bus market coming back. That's the business we're looking forward to.”

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