Volvo Buses has been announced as the winning contractor for the supply of up to 900 buses over the next decade to the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia for the Perth metropolitan region. This is Volvo’s largest chassis order to date in Australia and it will supply the units together with bodybuilder Volgren Australia.
The agreement with the PTA Public Transport Authority of Western Australia has an order value of Aus$274million for the first five-year term. Volvo is the prime contractor under the new deal and an average of 90 buses will be delivered each year for up to 10 years, with an initial five year deal, and option for a further five years.
“With the latest order the PTA continues to put strong confidence in the Volvo team,” says Håkan Agnevall, president, Volvo Buses. “We have the great opportunity to continue our strategic long-term partnership, supporting the PTA and the PTA operators for the next 10 years and beyond,”
The contract will initially see the supply of Volvo’s latest Euro 6 B8RLE buses.
“The Euro 6 Volvo B8RLE is well proven both in the Australian market and globally, and continues to set the industry standard for fuel efficiency, drivability and lifecycle costs,” adds Agnevall.
The first Volgren-bodied Volvo B8RLE Euro 6 prototype for the new contract is expected to be delivered in August this year. Full production will commence in October 2019, with 66 buses to be delivered to the PTA in the first twelve months.