The Volvo B11R is a 10.8-litre engined coach chassis available as both two- and tri-axle from Volvo since 2011. It was introduced as the second of the Volvo BXXR series, replacing the rest of the B12B range in 2011, its fellow BXXR platform model, the B13R in 2013; the B11R is the standard chassis for both the 9700 and 9900 coaches, except the North American 9700 which still use the B13R. It is available in the Indian market and is sold by Volvo under the 9400 brand with a length of 14.5 metres. As at October 2014, over 150 had been sold in Ireland. Polish operator PolskiBus purchased 20 with Plaxton Elite i bodies, while New Zealand operator ManaBus has purchased a fleet of Kiwi Bus Builders bodied B11Rs. In the Philippines, B11R is the basis for some Marcopolo replicas manufactured by Autodelta Coach Builders, Inc; the larger B11R will begin ready in 2018, similar those to the B7R. In Indonesia, TransJakarta operates more than 100 Laksana Cityline 2 bodied B11Rs; the B11R is available from the plant in Curitiba, but there it is named after the engine output, with the B380R/B430R range for Euro III and B340R/B380R/B420R/B450R for Euro V.
Those with an engine output of 330, 370 and 410 bhp have got their names adjusted to what the previous values were for the preceding B12R range that they replaced. Like its predecessor, the B12R, it is available in a quad-axle version for large double-deckers. D11A, 10 837 cc, in-line 6 cyl. turbodiesel Only available from Brazil. D11A370 - 273 kW, 1770 Nm, Euro III D11A430 - 317 kW, 1970 Nm, Euro IIID11C, 10 837 cc, in-line 6 cyl. turbodiesel Only available from Brazil since 2014. D11C330 - 243 kW, 1600 Nm, Euro V D11C370 - 272 kW, 1750 Nm, Euro V D11C410 - 302 kW, 1950 Nm, Euro V/EEV D11C450 - 332 kW, 2150 Nm, Euro VD11K, 10 837 cc, in-line 6 cyl. turbodiesel D11K380 - 280 kW, 1800 Nm, Euro VI D11K430 - 316 kW, 2050 Nm, Euro VI D11K460 - 339 kW, 2200 Nm, Euro VI Media related to Volvo B11R at Wikimedia Commons Specifications Volvo Buses
Volvo Super Olympian
The Volvo Super Olympian was a low-floor double-decker bus manufactured by Volvo. It replaced the 3-axle version of Volvo Olympian; the chassis had the designated manufacturer code B10TL. The Volvo Super Olympian was unveiled in 1998, with one chassis being sent to Hong Kong for a motor show held by International Union of Public Transport in the same year; the chassis was returned to the United Kingdom. The Super Olympian chassis was based on the Volvo Olympian; the front radiator was moved behind the front axle on the 12 metre version, or in front of the second axle for the 10.6 metre version. In order to lower the chassis further, the assisted steering function of the middle axle was cancelled; the suspension system has been modified so that it is electronically controlled instead of moving passively. One special feature is that after turning, the suspension unit does not return to normal, remaining tilted to either the left or right, until the bus becomes stationary. An option for 11.3 metre length of Super Olympian was available, but no orders were received.
The Super Olympian was powered with a maximum power of 285 hp. Its somewhat insufficient engine power has earned some mildly derisive nicknames in Hong Kong; the most common are "豬", "扒" and "豬扒". The Super Olympian chassis were built in Volvo's factory in Irvine, Scotland. After the closure of the factory in mid-2000, production was moved to Poland. Kowloon Motor Bus ordered the first batch of 61 Alexander ALX500 bodied B10TL Super Olympians with ZF 4HP590 transmission, roller shuttle route displays in 1998; these entered service in 1998/99. All except the prototype 3ASV3 had narrow 2+2 seats on the upper deck; the first buses were retired in November 2017. A further 80 Super Olympians entered service in 2000/01; these buses have ZF 5HP590 transmission. 3ASV78 was the 3,000th Alexander bodied bus supplied to KMB, 3ASV141 was the first KMB bus to meet Euro III emission standards. The last 351 Super Olympians, including 21 which were fitted with Australian Volgren CR223LD bodywork, entered service in 2001/02.
All of these buses had their chassis built in Poland. Their D10A285 engines were built to meet Euro III emission standards and had aluminium alloy front wheels supplied by Alcoa. 3ASV297 was coated with special metallic paint, which shows different colours, depending on the angle of light reflection. Kowloon Motor Bus was the only buyer of 10.6 metre Super Olympians. The first 49 10.6m Alexander ALX500 bodied Super Olympians were introduced in 2001. They had Alcoa front wheels. ASV50, put into service in 2002, is a prototype short-wheelbase Super Olympian, the only short-wheelbase Super Olympian built in Scotland, it is equipped with a Euro III D10A285 engine and ZF 4HP590 transmission rather than the previous 5HP590 as fitted to older ASVs. ASV51-100 were equipped with the Euro III D10A285 engines, they are identical with ASV1-49, except for minor interior differences. Only the first 24 were put into service in 2003; the remaining 26 were stored for more than a year, they were put into service between September 2004 and March 2005.
In January 2003, Kowloon Motor Bus received the first Wright-bodied Super Olympian with a 2.55 metre-wide body. Like the Alexander Dennis Enviro500, it featured a straight plug exit door, it was numbered AVW1 and was registered on 20 March 2003. The next 49 buses with a different design followed shortly after AVW1, they entered service in 2003/04; the last 50 buses, which are identical, entered service in 2004/05, These were the last batch of Volvo Super Olympian ordered by KMB. New World First Bus bought 103 Super Olympians in five batches, all are 12 metres long and were fitted with Alexander ALX500 bodies; the first 40, fitted with electronic route displays, were introduced in 1999. The next 20, with their side route number boxes moved to a lower position, entered service in 2000/01; the chassis of 5060 was the first to be built in Poland. New World First Bus began de-registering the buses on 21 November 2017; the next 19 Super Olympians, with Euro III D10A285 engines and Alcoa front wheels, entered service in 2001.
To mark the occasion of meeting the Euro III emission standard, New World First Bus designed a full body advertisement for one of them to state that they were environmentally friendly. They were followed by 10 similar examples that year. Among these buses, 5080-5086 had their registration numbers originated from ex China Motor Bus buses and service cars; the last batch of 14 Super Olympians, entered service in 2002, had their rear electronic route number displays raised above the emergency window to form a box, the design being unique among all similar vehicles in Hong Kong. Super Olympians were purchased by Singapore Bus Service. In late 1999, Volvo delivered one Volgren CR222LD-bodied Super Olympian as a demonstrator, it was the first wheelchair-accessible transition bus in Singapore. The bus was introduced on 16 January 2000 and deployed into the then-SBS Service 502 shortened on 27 July 2003. SBS Service 502 was the first wheelchair-accessible bus service, it was burnt in Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot fire on 7 March 2010 along with five other double-decker buses.
Singapore Bus Service ordered a further 51 Volvo Super Olympian chassis
The Volvo B5TL is a 2-axle low-floor double decker built by Volvo. It replaced the B9TL as Volvo's Euro 6 2-axle double decker product for Irish markets; the B5TL is powered by Volvo's new 5.1 litre D5K-240 engine, rated at 240 bhp/177 kW. The move to a smaller engine is one of the weight-reduction measures implemented to the new bus. Along with its bodybuilding partner Wrightbus, the whole bus achieves a reduction of 1,000 kg comparing to its predecessor. Volvo stated that, with the smaller engine and weight reduction, the B5TL will achieve 10% improvement on fuel economy. Wrightbus offers the lightened Gemini 3 bodywork for the B5TL, which contributes 70% of the weight reduction. MCV is offering their body as an alternative to the Wrighbus design; the first example appeared in London in autumn 2013, entering service with Go-Ahead London in October 2013 for evaluation. It remained until late February 2014 before being returned to Volvo. Four further B5TL demonstrators have appeared in early 2014.
One was trialed before moving to Go North East. Another was trialled by operators such as Transdev on service 36. Both of these have now been purchased by East Yorkshire and operate on the company's 66 route between Hessle and Hull; the other two were delivered to London General and Metroline and placed in service on routes 12 and 297 respectively. In March 2014, Translink of Northern Ireland, placed an order for 42 buses with the new Wright Gemini 3 bodywork, with the last of them carrying the further redesigned version. In May 2014, Lothian Buses had ordered for 25 buses, all of them were Wright Gemini 3 bodied. Translink placed a second order in 2017 for 32 B5TLs, 10 of which being long wheelbase models for use on its Airport 300 service, with the remainder for use in Belfast. All of these have the new style front. Outside the UK, a B5TL demonstrator was delivered to Dublin Bus in early 2014 for evaluation. A batch of 70 were subsequently ordered by Dublin Bus with deliveries commencing in August 2014.
In 2015 Bus Éireann took delivery of 25 B5TLs. Dublin Bus have continued to place orders, by the end of 2017 will have a total of 370 in service. Further orders have been placed for 2018-2019 deliveries. There are 72 in service with Go-Ahead Ireland some of which were transferred from Dublin Bus and others delivered brand new to Go-Ahead. Bus Éireann by the end of 2017 will have a total of 85 B5TLs in service across Ireland, operating in Dublin, Cork and Galway
The Volvo B5LH is a low-floor hybrid electric bus chassis for both single-decker buses and double-decker buses manufactured by Volvo since 2008. It is the basis for Volvo's integral 7700 Hybrid full low floor city bus and its successor, the 7900 Hybrid from 2011. In 2008, pre-production batches of both types of chassis were manufactured. Serial production started in June 2010. From 2013 it is available as an articulated bus chassis. First entering service in London, the B5LH is the only current double decker type in service in the United Kingdom that uses a parallel hybrid drive system. An updated version, the Volvo B5LHC, was launched in 2016, designed for high-capacity inner-city work; the chassis is available with Wright SRM bodywork, which in terms of front end styling is identical in appearance to London's iconic New Routemaster buses. The B5LH is powered by Volvo's in-house parallel hybrid drive train that couple its I-SAM motor to a 5-litre D5-series diesel engine; the drive train is connected to the Volvo I-Shift automatic transmission.
The whole drive train is mounted in-line at the left rear of the chassis, similar to the B7L. A lithium battery pack is mounted just behind the front left wheel; the B5LH features stop-start system that allows its engine to cut off when the bus is stationary, the battery is sufficiently charged. It is capable to drive at full electric mode from standstill to up to 20 km/h. In service, Volvo claims that the B5LH achieves 35% improvement on fuel consumption and reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide by an equivalent amount. In service data in London shows that the B5LH is demonstrating between 25 and 40% of fuel consumption improvement. Wrightbus has been the solitary double-decker body supplier of the chassis; the pre-production batch were fitted with Eclipse Gemini bodywork, production chassis to date received Eclipse Gemini 2 body. A lighter Eclipse Gemini 3 & Gemini 3 bodywork are offered to the Euro VI version of the chassis. Alexander Dennis is offering its Enviro 400 bodywork to the chassis, following an order from Stagecoach in early 2014.
At least four Volvo 7700 Hybrid prototypes were built in late 2008 for initial testing before some of them from 2009 toured many countries as demonstrators, only having short periods of proper duty at various places. In early 2012 two of them ended up in the rather small city of Alta in Finnmark, Norway for a year-long testing in the arctic climate with local operator Boreal Transport; the first batch of six pre-production B5LH double-deckers entered service with Arriva London in 2009. Following successful trial, Arriva has followed up with further orders for its operations in London, Manchester, Merseyside and Yorkshire. With 259 examples, it is the largest operator of the type; the B5LH has gained increasing popularity with other operators in the UK, with Go-Ahead London, London Sovereign and Stagecoach London operating the type in London. Outside the capital, the B5LH has been purchased by BakerBus, Brighton & Hove, Bullocks Coaches, First Essex, First Greater Manchester, Go North East, National Express West Midlands, Oxford Bus Company, Preston Bus.
In many cases, a number of operators are operating the B5LHs alongside its main rival, the serial hybrid drive Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H. In March 2014, Volvo secured a landmark order of the type with Stagecoach for use on its Tayside operations; this batch of 18 buses will be, for the first time, bodied by Alexander Dennis. As of April 2014, 434 B5LHs were in service with a further 73 on order; as of November 2017, 40 B5LHs are in service with Lothian Buses with a further 20 on order. Outside the UK, a Euro VI B5LH demonstrator was delivered to Dublin Bus in early 2014 for evaluation. In 2017, Latrobe Valley Bus Lines, purchased 8, bodied with local Volgren bodywork. In Singapore, the Land Transport Authority brought in 50 B5LH buses for S$30 million; these buses received. They are being rolled out for service from 10 December 2018, starting with service 272. D5E, 4764 cc, in-line 4 cyl. turbodiesel D5E215 - 158 kW, 800 Nm, Euro VD5F, 4764 cc, in-line 4 cyl. turbodiesel D5F215 - 161 kW, 800 Nm, Euro V/EEVD5K, 5132 cc, in-line 4 cyl. turbodiesel D5K240 - 177 kW, 918 Nm, Euro VI Media related to Volvo B5LH at Wikimedia Commons
The Volvo B8RLE is a 7.7-litre-engined low-entry bus chassis manufactured by Volvo since 2013 for Euro VI markets. It was designed as a replacement for the B7RLE and the B9RLE; the right-hand drive version was launched in November 2014. Available in two- and tri-axle variants, the articulated version of the B8RLE called the B8RLEA is available in Australia since late 2014. In 2017, Euro III and V versions were launched worldwide with engine outputs at 330 hp; the 250 hp version is marketed in Brazil as the Volvo B250RLE. It is available as a medium-floor bus chassis, known as Volvo B8R. Throughout Europe, the B8RLE is most available as the semi-integral Volvo 8900LE. In the United Kingdom, the B8RLE is offered with MCV Evora and Wright Eclipse 3 bodywork, also with MCV Evolution 2 bodywork. Additionally, Plaxton are developing a low-entry version of the Plaxton Elite coach based on B8RLE chassis, for the intercity bus-commuter coach market. In the Philippines, Volvo Buses launches the B8RLE August 2018.
It is the first B8RLE in the Philippine market to be imported from Sweden. The locally-assembled B8RLE bus chassis kits in Subic at the Autodelta plant from the third quarter of 2019. D8K, 7698 cc, in-line 6-cylinder turbodiesel D8K280 - 206 kW, 1050 Nm, Euro VI D8K320 - 235 kW, 1200 Nm, Euro VI D8K350 - 258 kW, 1400 Nm, Euro VID8C, 7698 cc, in-line 6 cyl. turbodiesel D8C250 - 186 kW, 950 Nm, Euro III/Euro V D8C330 - 246 kW, 1200 Nm, Euro III/Euro V In Australia, as at April 2018: Brisbane Transport operate 21 B8RLEs, with 19 more to come, operate 20 B8RLEAs Transdev NSW operates 50 B8RLEs Transperth operate 44 B8RLEs and 70 articulated B8RLEAs, all with Volgren bodies Transit Systems NSW operates 10 B8RLE with Volgren Optimus body Ventura Bus Lines operates one B8RLEA with a Volgren Optimus body The first example in the United Kingdom was delivered to Arriva Shires & Essex in 2014. As at March 2018, 88 have been delivered with Lothian Buses the largest purchaser with 15.. East Yorkshire Motor Services purchased 6 with MCV Evolution bodywork in late 2015-2016.
Trentbarton and Stagecoach in the Fens each have some on a Wrightbus body. Since 2015, several bus operators in Gyeonggi Province including subsidiaries of KD Transportation Group are purchasing B8RLE double-deckers with its bodywork by Daji Motors Enterprise Co. in Taiwan, in order to handle exceeding demands of several express bus lines covering Seoul metropolitan area. In 2016,Kaohsiung Transportation introduced Open Top Double Decker Bus with its bodywork by Daji Motors Enterprise Co. in Taiwan. Then,San Chung Bus and Tainan Bus introduced this B8RLE. Since September 2018, Precious Grace Transport are purchasing B8RLE low-entry buses body by Autodelta Coach Builders, Inc. are built in Subic, Zambales, in order to handle exceeding demands of several Premium Point-to-Point bus service covering TriNoma to Bulacan route. Media related to Volvo B8RLE at Wikimedia Commons Introduction Volvo Buses
The Volvo B7TL is a low-floor double-decker bus, launched in 1999 and replaced the 2-axle version of the Volvo Olympian. It was built as the British bus operators seemed hesitant to purchase the B7L double decker with a long rear overhang; the B7TL chassis was designed by the Leyland Product Developments consultancy based at the Leyland Technical Centre. It was built in Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland. In 2000, production was transferred to Sweden. In mid-2004, production of the MkII version of the B7TL was started. Like the Olympian, the B7TL features a transversely-mounted rear engine and a shorter rear overhang, but the radiator was mounted on the right side of the engine compartment, it was equipped with ZF or Voith gearbox. The B7TL was available with Alexander ALX400 and Plaxton President bodywork followed by East Lancs Vyking and Myllennium Vyking bodies, the Wright Eclipse Gemini; the Volvo B7TL was popular in the United Kingdom, with a large number being purchased by most of the major bus groups such as FirstGroup and Arriva.
Travel West Midlands purchased over 320 B7TLs with Plaxton President, Alexander ALX400 and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodies. Translink of Northern Ireland purchased over 150 B7TLs. Southern Vectis at the end of 2001 beginning of 2002 ordered 7 Volvo B7TLs with Plaxton President Bodywork, they on delivery were registered Under HW52 and carried Go South Coasts 199x fleet numbers, at 16 years of age they are still doing well, it was popular in London, however these buses were phased out since January 2012. London Central AVL1 cited to be the first example of a production B7TL. Arriva London had Alexander ALX400 and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodywork buses First London had Alexander ALX400, Plaxton President and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodywork buses Go-Ahead London had Alexander ALX400, Plaxton President, East Lancs Myllennium Vyking and Wright Eclipse Gemini buses Metroline had Alexander ALX400, Plaxton President and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodywork buses Transdev had Alexander ALX400, Plaxton President, East Lancs Myllennium Vyking and Wright Eclipse Gemini buses Travel London had Wright Eclipse Gemini buses.
It was popular in the Republic of Ireland, Dublin Bus acquired 648 B7TLs between 2000 and 2007, all with Alexander/TransBus/Alexander Dennis ALX400 bodywork. Bus Éireann purchased more than twenty B7TLs. On the other hand, a batch of 150 B7TLs had been delivered to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002 and were fitted with Marcopolo Viale DD bodywork. A Volvo B7TL with East Lancs Vyking bodywork operated by Lincolnshire RoadCar was involved in an accident in Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire, on 11 April 2004 in which five people died and six more were injured, two critically. Despite the bus being found to have faulty brakes following the accident, this did not contribute to the accident, there have been no further reports of similar braking problems involving Volvo B7TLs; the Volvo B7TL was superseded by the 2-axle version of the Volvo B9TL in late 2006. Competitors Dennis Trident 2 Scania OmniDekka VDL DB250List of buses
The Volvo B7RLE is a low-entry single-deck bus chassis manufactured by Volvo. It was superseded by the Volvo B8RLE in 2013; the Volvo B7RLE is similar to its predecessor, the B10BLE. In essence the B7RLE is the front section of the B7L chassis mated with the rear section of the B7R chassis; the B7RLE featured the D7C 6-cylinder, 7.3-litre diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler, producing 250 or 275 bhp and meeting the Euro III incentive emission standard. This was replaced by the 7.1-litre Volvo D7E engine producing 290 bhp, to Euro III/Euro IV/Euro V incentive emission standards. Unlike the B7L, the B7RLE's engine is mounted at the center of the rear overhang as opposed to the nearside, resolving the issue of engine intrusion into the saloon; the Volvo B7RLE is equipped with disc brakes and ABS. The Volvo B7RLE was launched in mainland Europe and Australia in 2001, in the United Kingdom in 2003 to supplement the B7L, unsuccessful in both countries; the B7RLE appealed more to UK operators, with whom the B7L was unpopular and has sold well compared to its predecessor.
Major purchasers of the B7RLE included Arriva, Blazefield Group, Bus Éireann, East Yorkshire Motor Services, FirstGroup, Lothian Buses, National Express West Midlands and Wilts & Dorset. The B7RLE was only available in the UK with Wright Eclipse Urban bodywork. From 2004 it was built as a low-floor single-decker coach, with a longer front overhang and Wright Eclipse Commuter body. From late 2006 the B7RLE in the UK was available with Plaxton Centro bodywork followed by Alexander Dennis Enviro300 and Optare Esteem bodywork in 2008. In Australia, the B7RLE was purchased in large numbers by Brisbane Transport, ComfortDelGro Australia, State Transit and Transperth with Bustech, Custom Bus and Volgren bodywork; the B7RLE is one of the few foreign bus chassis models in Mainland China, all bodied by Shanghai Sunwin Bus, with assembly model numbers SWB6120V4LE and SWB6120V6LE, common on Shanghai streets. In 2003, Huangbus purchased five B7RLEs with Jit Luen JL-08 bodies and D7E-290 7142cc engines. Kowloon Motor Bus ordered 70 B7RLEs with MCV Evolution bodies in 2009.
In India, B7RLEs were introduced into service in Bangalore in 2006 by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. The B7RLEs are operated by Metropolitan Transport Corporation and Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation in Chennai and Pondicherry, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram and in 2014 Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation started using B7RLEs for their Town To Town services all over Kerala state, they were inducted into the fleets of Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport, BEST for use in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai respectively. Custom made; the dual-doored versions are operated by the WBTC in Kolkata. B7RLEs are operated by Assam State Transport Corporation in Assam state; some Volvo B7RLEs operate in Surabaya, Indonesia. It is the first wheelchair-accessible bus in Indonesia fitted with a Euro IV engine. Metropoline purchased Volvo B7RLEs with Merkavim Pioneer bodywork; some bus companies own Volvo B7RLEs with USB sockets, WiFi and Real time and it is the first country to use 2009 buses with a new ZF EcoLife transmission RapidKL operate Gemilang Coachworks bodied B7RLEs.
Ritchies Coachlines operate 20 bodied by DesignLine. Mana Coach Services operate; the Philippines has B7RLEs running in Cebu City, operated by Metro Rapid Transport System Inc. the owner of MyBus. Starting July 2016, RRCG Transport launches "P2P Premium Bus Service" for Alabang Town Center to Greenbelt 1, serving 3 units for King Long XMQ6127G with Sunwin SWB6128 front and rear mask, built by the Philippine-based Autodelta Coach Builders, Inc; this model is used by Cebu Pacific for transporting passengers from NAIA Terminal 3 to their aircraft. Singapore has B7RLEs running in Sentosa featuring Liannex bodies, either in a city bus configuration for its internal shuttles, or as open-top double-decker buses. A Euro IV demonstrator featuring Soon Chow bodywork was offered to SBS Transit in December 2007, registered as SBS8030L, is under Hougang Depot as a training bus currently. In Taiwan, B7RLEs were first introduced on Chiayi Bus Rapid Transit in 2007. All B7RLEs in Taiwan that were manufactured between 2007 and 2012 featured Tang Eng Iron Works bodywork, whereas those manufactured after 2013 featured Daji bodywork.
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