INDIAN FAME PROGRAM GETS ALTERNATIVE FUEL BUSES TO INDIA
To promote environmentally friendly vehicles, the Indian government has recently launched the FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India) program, offering incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles. Volvo is one of the first to profit from this program. She brings its hybrid bus technology to India in the first half of 2016, promising a fuel-consumption benefit of 39% compared to diesel. The first Volvo hybrid city bus pilot will start in the first half of 2016 in Navi Mumbai with Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT). The Volvo hybrids will be manufactured in the company’s facility in Bangalore.
“The unveiling of the first Volvo hybrid city bus in India is contextual given the impetus from the central government to popularize public transport, while supporting the adoption of clean technology. Volvo has played a key role in redefining urban commute for millions of passengers in Indian cities. Now, with the Volvo hybrid city bus we are confident of transforming the public transport landscape further, by inspiring more cities to adopt this solution,” said Akash Passey, Senior Vice President, Region International, Volvo Buses.
Volvo has sold over 2300 hybrid buses in more than 20 countries. The bus maker says that its hybrids offer a fuel consumption that is up to 39% lower than that of conventional diesel buses, which cuts CO2 emissions by the same amount and nitrogen oxides and particles by 50%. Volvo’s electric hybrids, which offer fuel savings of 75%, are currently running in regular traffic in the European cities of Gothenburg, Stockholm, and Hamburg.
Volvo has sold more than 5300 buses in India since 2001, with about 1500 city buses operating in 34 Indian cities.