Alcoy to test new Volvo hybrid bus

Bus operator Vectalia and the City Council of Alcoy have once again shown their common interest in the preservation of the environment by introducing a Volvo 9700 bus into the city fleet for testing.

The 12-metre long bus has START-STOP technologies which allows it to operate in electric on some sections of the route while reaching a speed of up to 30 km/hour. According to Volvo, the ability to run on battery power equates to a 25% saving in fuel costs.

The bus also has a hybrid-parallel system with a 4-cylinder diesel engine with EURO VI technology and a permanent I-SAM magnetic generator with hybrid control and a transmission unit. Some technical characteristics that place it at the forefront of innovation in the sector and that will be tested in the streets of Alcoy during the coming months.

In addition, this vehicle is fully accessible and has two places for PMR (People with Reduced Mobility) so it can be used by all users who so wish. With this action, Vectalia and Alcoy City Council continue to join efforts to offer users the most innovative and comfortable service.

During the six month trial, the bus will be on the #3 route in Alcoy.

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