Volvo Buses has won an order to supply 700 units of its B340M chassis models. The batch of buses is part of a public tender in Bogotá whereby 1,441 buses have been purchased by Columbia’s BRT system Transmilenio. Volvo has teamed up with operators Fanalca/Transdev and Somos K, that have been awarded operational lots in the tender, stated the company.
Volvo B340M chassis is powered by a 12-litre engine and the order includes 298 articulated and 402 bi-articulated units with 160 and 250 passenger capacity respectively. The buses will be Euro V emission norms compliant and will replace Euro II and Euro III buses operating in the city of Bogotá. The Colombian capital city is also expanding the capacity of its BRT system by about 30 % through the introduction of more bi-articulated buses.
Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses, said its solution, featuring high-capacity Euro V buses extended with Particle Filters, reduces local emissions by a massive 96% compared with the current Euro II buses. The new order is the largest in ten years for Volvo Buses in Latin America and deliveries are expected to start by March 2019.