Volvo wins Shanghai order

Volvo Buses, with subsidiary Sunwin Bus, has signed an outline agreement worth SEK1.3billion (£100million) for the supply of 1,500 buses to the Bashi Group in Shanghai. The buses will be delivered in time for the opening of the World Expo in Shanghai in May next year.

“An increase and modernisation of the bus traffic is an important part of the [World Expo] venture,” says Lars Blom, head of Volvo Buses’ operations in China. “It involves raising the standard of the bus fleet by purchasing more Volvo buses and a strong investment in environmentally-friendly buses from our subsidiary Sunwin Bus, a 50-50 joint venture between Volvo Buses and Shanghai Automotive Industry Co.”

Around half of the vehicles will be Volvo B7RLE and B6R models, shipped in kit form from Sweden for assembly by Sunwin in Shanghai. The remainder will be Sunwin vehicles and will include diesels, hybrids, electric buses which are charged at night and buses equipped with super capacitors that are charged at bus stops as passengers board and alight.