Volvo B9R


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SRM finally introduces Mercedes sleeper in ernakulam - chennai route via Coimbatore.. Don't know whether they can do Coimbatore- chennai by 6.30 - 7 hours like Hebron because arrival from ernakulam will be delayed most of times and people prefer reaching chennai at least by 7.30
Waiting for SRM to introduce the mercedes benz sleepers in the Bangalore routes. SRM seems to have forgotten bangalore routes altogether. Most of the buses ex bangalore are ageing and need an upgrade soon.


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Volvo makes in India buses for Europe, first bus maker to export to continent

This month, Volvo Buses will begin exporting fully-built made-in-India buses to customers in Europe, a first for a bus manufacturer to source from an Asian country.

Volvo Buses has a unit in China, but is leveraging existing manufacturing capacity, the component supplier base and the low-cost workforce to build buses in India and export them at “competitive” costs to customers in Europe.

The India-made buses will allow Volvo to get entry into the inter-city bus segment in Europe and compete with the likes of Diamler and IVECO at lower costs than buses produced locally, company officials said, but declined to quantify.

Volvo estimates that the annual volume for such buses to be 5,000 in Europe. “The buses will be fully built in India. There may be minor changes that the customer needs — like where the ticketing machine is placed...,” president Hakan Agnevall said.

In 2011, Volvo invested Rs 400 crore to expand capacity to 1,500 vehicles a year from 800 buses at its India plant, located outskirts of Bengaluru.

It currently makes 700 buses a year for the local market and countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Volvo involved customers, largely tour operators in Europe during the development of the bus, built in India by Volvo engineers, which is complaint with Euro VI regulations, he said.

Volvo Buses senior vice-president for international operations Akash Passey said the firm gets neutral benefits as it is providing value addition to the products in India. The firm imports the transmission gear and engines for the buses to be exported to Europe, which complies with Euro VI regulations.

India follows the Euro 4 equivalent emission norms in Metros and Euro III norms in smaller cities.

“We will be ready with our products for India, when the country moves to Euro VI norms,” Passey said. Agnevall also said that Volvo is in talks with the Indian government to make electric and hybrid buses in India under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in the country.


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By December, Maharashta likely to get 50 electric public transport buses

PUNE: As part of National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP), more than 6 to 7 million electric and hybrid vehicles will be introduced in the automobile market by 2020. Buyers will also get incentives on purchasing these vehicles.

This year, in Maharashtra, there is a plan to introduce at least 50 to 60 electric or hybrid public transport buses in various cities. Ambuj Sharma, additional secretary, department of heavy industries, addressed a meeting of automobile companies and technology developers for electric and hybrid vehicles at the city-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). He said that talks are on with various public transport undertakings, municipal corporations, and the state transport corporation to help introduce such buses for public transport.

ARAI is assisting the ministry successfully implement FAME India, or Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India, to achieve the desired objectives in the form of technology development, formulation of standards and regulations, and eligibility assessment of hybrid and electric vehicles. Sharma said, "We will discuss with the ministry of urban development if new electric or hybrid buses could be introduced as part of the recently launched Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Also, some cities have not procured buses sanctioned as part of JNNURM."

The department of heavy industries has already approved pilot projects under which 25 hybrid buses will be procured by Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), while five buses will be acquired for Navi Mumbai. The ministry will provide subsidy to purchase the buses, said Sharma. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has sanctioned a pilot project wherein employees will be able to commute in electric cars.

Sharma, while addressing queries from automobile companies, said that some of the salient features of the mission include technology development, demand creation, taking up pilot projects, and providing infrastructure for charging facilities. The official agreed that charging facilities will need to be provided at municipal corporations, malls, parking areas, railway stations, government offices, airports, colleges and other places.

An important aspect of electric and hybrid vehicles is the performance criteria wherein time consumed to charge the vehicle needs to be reduced. The scheme aims to encourage progressive induction of reliable, affordable and efficient electric and hybrid vehicles. The government, officials said, will provide incentives to buy electric or hybrid vehicles, even for retro-fitment of vehicles. According to a press statement, the government is committed to instil confidence in the industry and allow them to plan the requisite investments and create required capacities. Phase one of the scheme will have a budget outlay of Rs 795 crore, and will be implemented in major metro cities, state capitals, smart cities and cities of the north eastern states.

Mission to introduce electric and hybrid vehicles

** Government will provide incentive to buy electric vehicles providing a third of the cost difference in price of electric vehicle and normal vehicle

** Although the vehicle cost may be high, the cost per kilometre travelled will lead to savings

** Officials are considering making changes in building byelaws to create charging facilities in major residential buildings

** Three Pune-based organisations have been authorised to test vehicles

** Toll charges likely to be waived for electric vehicles


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View attachment 624244 The Scania chassis is lower than Volvo B9R - look at the bottom.
For this very reason KSRTC has not allotted any Scania to Mangalore Division.
This is the result of the lessons learnt by Volvo in the past.

If you look at the initial Mark 1 and Mark 2 volvos, they too had lower rear bumpers. This became an issue with the bumpers getting scratched and damaged on not so good roads which are aplenty in India. I remember the early days of KSRTC Airavat where the attendant used to keep a wooden plank with him so that he can get down the bus and use it along with some big stones to reduce the impact on those bumpers.

I am not sure if it was Mark3, but definitely Mark 4 (9400) where Volvo changed the design to give that bit of rear angle to provide the front and rear bumpers a bit more ground clearance. This was clearly mentioned as one of the major changes when those models where launched.


Punjab Roadways have quietly resumed the Airport Volvo Bus Service, which they closed several years ago to give way to Indo Canadian owned by the state's CM Badal. They have resumed it only because there was an accident involving his company's bus near Chandigarh and people were very angry, but the question is, for how long?

The fare of the govt. Volvo/Mercedes run on this route is Rs 900, whereas the Indo Canadian charges a minimum of Rs 1900 for the same route (Jalandhar to Delhi Airport) and goes up till Rs 3400.