Friday, 5 May 2023

Volvo Agreement with MCV

Recently Volvo Buses announced they intended closuring its Wroclaw factory in Poland and its decision to focus only on chassis production, leaving other companies to build the bodies.

Volvo Buses has now announced that it has signed a letter of intent with the Egyptian bodybuilder MCV (Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles) with the intention of producing bodies for its electric buses for the city and intercity segments in European markets.

Series production is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2024, and delivery of the first electric buses to European customers is planned for early 2025.

The goal is for MCV to produce the bodies for the Volvo 7900 Electric and Volvo 7900 Electric two- and three-axle city buses under license.
For the intercity segment, Volvo Buses and MCV will work together to develop an electric offering. As previously announced, chassis production will remain at Volvo Buses plants in Boras and Uddevalla, Sweden.

MCV is already a major partner of Volvo Buses and has successfully delivered bodies to customers in the United Kingdom, such as Metroline, which operate electric buses in London.

“We are very pleased to have deepened our partnership with MCV, which has both the experience and expertise to produce the highest quality bodies that meet European standards and requirements.

By collaborating with an external coachbuilder, we will have greater flexibility to better meet market requirements and customer demands,” says Dan Pettersson, senior vice president of Volvo Buses. Who adds, “Volvo Buses will be the point of contact for customers to ensure high standards of sustainability, safety and quality. 
We will continue to support customers with uptime and parts services, both for new offerings coming in and for customers who already have Volvo buses in their fleet.”

“We look forward to expanding our partnership with Volvo Buses and working together to create an attractive offering for their customers,” says Karim Ghabbour, MCV president, Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles.

In parallel to the partnership with MCV, Volvo Buses is exploring additional offerings with other bodybuilders.

MCV Website here