Volvo Bus has announced that its Borås factory in Sweden, has produced its 200,000th bus chassis, with this milestone unit being a Volvo BZL Electric chassis destined for operation in Perth.
Production of the Volvo BZL Electric chassis has been ramping up at the Borås factory since its the launch in September last year, with chassis number 200,000 set to be handed over to the Public Transport Authority (PTA) of Western Australia later this year.
The handover will form part of the $549 million bus supply contract awarded to Volvo in March in partnership with Volgren Australia, with Volvo Bus set to supply 90 buses a year to PTA for five years –with four Volvo BZL Electric units to be delivered this year.
“What a milestone it is seeing our 200,000th chassis off the Boras production line, and on top of that, the unit being our most efficient chassis model to date – the Volvo BZL Electric, said Mitch Peden, general manager Volvo Bus Australia.
“We look forward to the handover of the vehicle later this year to PTA as part of our current supply contract, as this bus runs the Joondalup CAT route in WA,” said Peden.
While the Volvo milestone unit happened to be a Volvo BZL Electric
Volvo Bus’s Borås factory has manufactured more than 50 different chassis models since it opened in 1977,, with some of the more popular models being the Volvo B10M, Volvo B7R/B7RLE and the Volvo B11R. ,
The Borås factory is also Volvo Bus’s global industrial hub for chassis production and is one of the first bus production facilities to rely solely on 100 per cent renewable energy that is produced from clean energy sources including hydropower and biofuels.