Brussels chooses Volvo hybrid buses
Brussels public transport company STIB/MIVB has chosen Volvo to deliver the first 90 standard hybrid buses. An investment of 42,5 million euro. Iveco and Solaris are ‘missing the bus’, while Belgian bus builders Van Hool and VDL didn’t go along in the tender.
Eight weeks testing
To make the decision STIB/MIVB has tested three prototypes of buses from Volvo, Solaris and Iveco for eight weeks. The buses Volvo will deliver showed the best in the test and will be identical to the prototype.
No plug-in hybrids
The buses are standard hybrids and no plug-in hybrids, which means they have a Euro 6 combustion engine and an electric motor, but the batteries can’t be charged externally. They are charged with braking energy only. The hybrid buses that are expected at the end of this year, are the first of its kind for STIB/MIVB.
145 articulated buses
The company is preparing another order of 145 articulated buses too, but there is no decision yet who is to deliver these buses. “The hybrid buses are an important step towards electrifying the whole network by 2030”, says Brussels Minister of Mobility Pascal Smet (sp.a).