World‘s first Euro VI articulated hybrid bus tested in Lucerne (Switzerland)

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Passengers give glowing reports as noise and emissions are reduced.
The City of Lucerne (Switzerland) is testing the world’s first Euro VI articulated hybrid bus from Volvo. After 100 days in operation and travelling more than 14,000 kilometres, public transport operator vbl is happy with the results.

The prototype was put in operation on 8 July 2013 to test its real life performance. An evaluation after 100 days showed that diesel consumption was reduced by 28 percent, drivers are happy with the vehicle and, thanks to the hybrid technology, emissions and noise are reduced as well.

In a passenger survey 80 percent have rated the level of comfort on the bus as ‘very good’ or ‘good’ and the vast majority supports vbl’s move towards more environmentally friendly buses. The pilot test will continue until summer 2014.

For more information, click here (in German).
Country: 
Switzerland
Topic: 
Clean and energy-efficient vehicles