New hybrid buses for the Hungarian capital in service

New hybrid buses for the Hungarian capital in service

The last vehicles of the total of 28 hybrid buses were delivered to Budapest on 1 March 2015, thus the Hungarian capital can now boast one of the largest hybrid fleets in Europe. The brand-new articulated buses feature EURO VI- diesel engines along with electric propulsion which will be used when accelerating to 10-15 km/h (it depends on engine load) as well as during dwell times, making the vehicles extremely environmental friendly.

In order to ensure safety, each bus is equipped with 11 on-board security cameras. The vehicles also have real-time passenger information systems and air-conditioning. The low-floor hybrid buses arrived in several stages from mid-January and already now contribute to lowering pollution and noise levels in Budapest.

BKK Centre for Budapest Transport, the municipal transport organizer, aims to have a fully accessible bus fleet by 2018. The hybrid variety of the Volvo 7900A type buses are operated by a private service provider commissioned by BKK; 25 buses of the fleet are required to operate in scheduled service. A total of 53 regular, diesel Volvo 7900A buses already serve the Budapest agglomeration area.

Based on the manufacturer’s data, diesel-electric hybrid technology makes it possible to achieve 35% less fuel consumption compared to diesel-only operation.

For more information: Tamas Kajdon

  • Updated : May 12, 2015

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