Citybus to make its public debut this month
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VOLVO'S energy saving Citybus double-decker is to makeits public debut at an international exhibition later this month.
The Alexander-bodied bus, which is powered with the aid of a hydraulic accumulator, will be displayed at the UITP's exhibition in Belgium at the end of this month.
It is a development beyond earlier Volvo designs based on an energy storage system using aflywheel drive, and it is to be evaluated later in the year by London Buses.
Details of the Citybus were included among the exhibits at the Design Council's "On the Moveexhibition in London.
Volvo claims 35 per cent fuel savings using energy created during braking and converted to power by a series of hydraulic accumulators.
The Ore the Move exhibition will transfer to the Glasgow Design Centre from June 13 to July 14, it will be at the Newcastle Museum of Science and Engineering from August 2 to September 14, and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Belfast from October 8 to November 9.
Other bus-related exhibits include a model of an indicator switch developed by National Bus Company subsidiary Kent Engineering, art work showing London Buses' Ogle bus design, Carlyle Conversions minibuses under construction and Alexander coach designs.
A Gardner engine and a MCW Mctrobus for West Midlands Tracline service are also illustrated.