Volvo launches world's largest bus
Don't expect Volvo's latest bus to feature on Wellington's windy streets.
As Wellington authorities this week extracted yet another stranded bus from a notorious hairpin bend in the city's suburb of Brooklyn, Volvo has launched the world's largest bus chassis at a show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Gran Artic 300 is 30 metres long, can carry up to 300 passengers and is bi-articulated.
The Gran Artic 300 has been developed in Brazil especially for its Bus Rapid Transit systems – high demand transportation systems where buses run on dedicated lanes. The bus will be able to carry up to 30 passengers more than the preceding model.
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One bi-articulated bus of the Gran Artic 300 model replaces three standard vehicles.
The high-capacity buses reduce the number of vehicles operating in the bus corridors, leading to an increased average speed of the system as well as reduced emissions.
Volvo is no stranger to building buses for the BRT-systems, having already delivered more than 4000 buses to places like Curitiba, Bogotá, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and San Salvador.
"We are proud to say that the world's largest bus is a Volvo and that it was developed in Brazil", said Idam Stival, sales engineering co-ordinator, Volvo Bus Latin America.
Volvo's bus range for high-capacity urban transportation systems:
- Artic 150 (18.6m long, 150 passengers);
- Artic 180 (21m, 180 passengers);
- Super Artic 210 (22m, 210 passengers);
- Gran Artic 300 (30m, 300 passengers).