Substantial investment in Volvo hybrids by Arriva

Substantial investment in Volvo hybrids by Arriva

Arriva has taken 174 new Volvo B5LH double-deck hybrid buses with Wrightbus Gemini 3 bodies for its operations in London and the north west of England.

The company already operates 44 Volvo hybrids that it purchased in 2013 for its North West services.

Of the current deliveries, 123 will go to London operations and 51 are for Merseyside.

“Following delivery, 10 per cent of our fleet in the North West consists of Volvo hybrid vehicles,” says Phil Cummins, area managing director, Arriva North West. 

“In the past, we have experienced good reliability and build quality from Volvo, as well as substantial fuel savings, which meant we had no hesitation in selecting the company once again for this latest order.”

Volvo Bus fleet sales manager Dan Barwick says: “We are confident that Arriva will see the consistent fuel economy benefits these hybrid vehicles will deliver to their business nationwide. 

“We are very pleased Arriva has chosen Volvo once again for this latest purchase and look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Cummins adds: “Upgrading our fleet to include hybrid buses such as these, really is a ‘win-win’ situation, because the government incentivises us to switch to hybrid vehicles, and once we switch we are then rewarded with the benefits of increased efficiency and lower fuel costs going into the future.”

The hybrids are powered by Volvo’s parallel hybrid system which includes I-SAM 600V electric motor, lithium ion batteries and a D5K 240hp 4-cylinder 5.1 litre Euro 6 engine.