Tuesday, 28 September 2021 09:52

WA to test out new buses built with Volvo electric chassis

The Volvo BZL electric chassis. The Volvo BZL electric chassis. Supplied

Western Australia will test out two units of a bus built with the Volvo BZL electric chassis, along with two others that will be supplied to the state's public transport authority.

The new chassis was launched by Volvo Buses on Monday during a virtual event, a statement from Volvo Group Australia said.

The Volvo BZL Electric chassis is available in lengths from 9.9 to 12.5 metres, and has a proven driveline adapted from Europe, combined with the same electrical system, suspension and pneumatic system as Volvo’s B8RLE Euro 6 and B5LH hybrid vehicles.

The bus has a full low-floor layout meaning that there are no steps in the aisle.

“After five years of extensive planning, development and testing, VBA was very proud to see the Volvo BZL Electric chassis officially launch globally,” said Mitch Peden, general manager, Volvo Bus Australia.

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Mitch Peden and the company's lead electromobility experts — Dean Moule, Mark Fryer and Sam Compasso  answering questions via a remote video call from Melbourne. Supplied

“Our electromobility projects have been ongoing for more than a decade, and we are thrilled to have launched such an innovative product that offers our cleanest, safest and most sustainable technology to date for the Australian and New Zealand markets.

"We take pride in the fact that we have worked consistently to develop and refine the Volvo BZL Electric chassis, ensuring we were taking the appropriate steps in setting up long-term partnerships within the e-mobility space and working on developing specialised training, before officially launching this product – making sure that the Volvo BZL Electric offers the highest quality and safety standards, and ensuring the product will last in line with operator expectations in the Australian environment.”

Peden claimed for an operator, the Volvo BZL Electric chassis offered good serviceability, quality and reliability, with the bus team and dealer network in available to support customers as they moved to the Volvo BZL Electric chassis.

"The Volvo BZL Electric has been developed in line with stringent European and Australian standards and align with what our Australian and New Zealand customers need and expect from an electric product in terms of quality and safety – it really is a chassis designed for the long-haul,” he added.

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