Keolis has ordered 22 Volvo Buses’ new double-decker model, the Volvo 9700 DD. The coaches will be used for express services between Gothenburg and Borås from December 2021.
The 22 double-deckers are the new Volvo 9700 DD model, which is the latest addition to Volvo coaches range with premium features. The vehicle, which comes in several different variants for express and tourist services, has had a very positive reception in the Nordic countries and in Europe. Operators have particularly praised its reliability and the option of customising it.
“The demand for comfortable, safe and reliable express coaches with a high capacity and productivity is growing. Fuel efficiency and the possibility of using renewable fuels, such as HVO and RME, are also becoming more important for many operators. With our flexible range of products and services, we can supply a complete, high-quality, customised solution that meets our customers’ needs extremely well,” says Ulf Magnusson, Senior Vice President at Volvo Buses.
Passenger comfort was also an important criterion in Keolis’ choice of an express coach. “Volvo Buses meets the high expectations that both we and our customers have of modern public transport. This is a partnership where both Keolis and Volvo will do their utmost to offer safe, punctual and comfortable journeys between Gothenburg and Borås over the next 10 years,” says Karl Orton, Fleet Director at Keolis.The Volvo 9700 DD is based on the same platform as Volvo’s successful range of premium segment coaches – the Volvo 9900, Volvo 9700 and Volvo 9700 DD, 4.25 m high. Safety and comfort are of particularly high class and the bus can be tailored in detail to meet varying customer requirements and operational needs, offering a choice of lengths, layouts and equipment alternatives.
The driver’s compartment in the new double decker is spacious and elevated for enhanced safety and to provide a commanding view of surrounding traffic. The bus is equipped with driver assistance systems such as Driver Alert Support, Lane Keeping Support and Collision Warning with Emergency Braking, as well as electronically controlled brakes, electronic stabilisation system and skid control. A further-developed suspension system in combination with low body weight results in a low centre of gravity and excellent stability on the road.
The driveline featuring Volvo’s 11-litre engine and I-Shift transmission contributes to excellent ride and handling along with good fuel consumption. The Volvo 9700 DD is certified to run on both conventional diesel and renewable fuels such as HVO and RME.