Volvo Buses has begun trials of its hybrid drive buses in South Brazil and Mexico.
In May this year, Volvo Buses launched serial production of its hybrid buses, the Volvo 7700 Hybrid and the double-decker Volvo B5L Hybrid. (Earlier post.) The company has secured orders for about 150 hybrid buses in Europe.
In South America, test driving is being conducted in cooperation with the Clinton Climate Initiative organization, which focuses on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The organization has an agreement with Volvo, whereby they jointly demonstrate the major benefits provided by the hybrid technology and the BRT system with regard to reducing carbon emissions.
For the past few days, the first hybrid bus has been operating in test traffic in Curitiba, Brazil, in collaboration with URBS, the company responsible for local traffic in the city.
After Curitiba, the Volvo 7700 Hybrid will be tested in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and later also in Bogotá, Colombia.
A Volvo 7700 Hybrid also recently arrived in Mexico, where it will be tested in Mexico City for a dedicated service running through the historic center to connect two BRT lines using hybrids exclusively. It will also feature at a conference on sustainable transports in Mexico City and at the COP 16 climate conference in Cancun.