Volvo B8RLE

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Volvo B8RLE
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Veolia Transport 8900LE-bodied B8RLE in Breda.
Overview
Manufacturer Volvo
Production 2013-present
Assembly Sweden, Brazil[1]
Body and chassis
Class Bus chassis
Doors 1 to 3
Floor type Low entry
Powertrain
Engine Volvo D8K (Euro VI), D8C (Euro III/V)
Capacity 50-90 passengers
Power output 250-350 bhp
Transmission ZF EcoLife 6AP1200B (280 hp), 6AP1400B (320, 350 hp); Voith DIWA.6 (320 hp), Volvo I-Shift
Dimensions
Length 10.2-12.8 metres (4x2)
12.4-14.9 metres (6x2)
17.1m-18.3 metres (articulated)
Chronology
Predecessor Volvo B7RLE
Volvo B9RLE
Volvo B12BLEA (articulated)

The Volvo B8RLE is a 7.7-litre engined low-entry bus chassis manufactured by Volvo since 2013 for Euro VI markets. It was designed as a replacement for the B7RLE and the B9RLE. The right-hand drive version was launched in November 2014.[2]

Initially available in two- and tri-axle variants, the articulated version of the B8RLE called the B8RLEA is available in Australia since late 2014.[3] In 2017, Euro III and V versions were launched worldwide with engine outputs at 250 and 330 hp.[1] The 250-hp version is marketed in Brazil as the Volvo B250RLE.[4]

It is also available as a medium-floor bus chassis, known as Volvo B8R. Throughout Europe, the B8RLE is most commonly available as the semi-integral Volvo 8900LE. In the United Kingdom, the B8RLE is offered with MCV Evora and Wright Eclipse 3 bodywork, and formerly also with MCV Evolution 2 bodywork. Additionally, Plaxton are currently developing a low-entry version of the Plaxton Elite coach based on B8RLE chassis, for the intercity bus/commuter coach market.

Engines

D8K,[5] 7698 cc, in-line 6 cyl. turbodiesel (2013-present)

  • D8K280 - 206 kW (280 bhp), 1050 Nm, Euro VI
  • D8K320 - 235 kW (320 bhp), 1200 Nm, Euro VI
  • D8K350 - 258 kW (350 bhp), 1400 Nm, Euro VI

D8C, 7698 cc, in-line 6 cyl. turbodiesel (2017-present)

  • D8C250 - 186 kW (250 bhp), 950 Nm, Euro III/Euro V[4]
  • D8C330 - 246 kW (330 bhp), 1200 Nm, Euro III/Euro V

Operators

Transperth Volgren bodied Volvo B8RLEA
Daji-bodied Volvo B8RLE double-decker

Australia

In Australia, as at April 2018:

United Kingdom

The first example in the United Kingdom was delivered to Arriva Shires & Essex in 2014.[2] As at March 2018, 88 have been delivered with Lothian Buses the largest purchaser with 15.[11]. East Yorkshire Motor Services purchased 6 with MCV Evolution bodywork in late 2015-2016. Trentbarton and Stagecoach in the Fens each have some on a Wrightbus body.

South Korea

Since 2015, several bus operators in Gyeonggi Province including subsidiaries of KD Transportation Group are purchasing B8RLE double-deckers with its bodywork by Daji Motors Enterprise Co.(Chinese: 大吉汽車) in Taiwan, in order to handle exceeding demands of several express bus lines covering Seoul metropolitan area.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b "Press release: Volvo Buses launches the Volvo B8R globally". Volvo Buses. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Volvo unveils first B8RLE Bus & Coach Buyer 14 November 2014
  3. ^ "Press release: World First: Volvo Bus Australia delivers first Euro 6 Volvo B8RLEA articulated bus". Volvo Buses. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Volvo B250RLE – Euro 5" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Volvo do Brasil. 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ Volvo D8K Euro6 fact sheet Archived 2014-11-06 at the Wayback Machine. Volvo Buses
  6. ^ [Volgren_Optimus&searching=yes Volvo B8RLE] Brisbane Transport Buses
  7. ^ [Volgren_Optimus&searching=yes Volvo B8RLEA] Brisbane Transport Buses
  8. ^ Transdev NSW Australian Bus Fleet List
  9. ^ Nalder, Dean (10 August 2015). "WA to buy cleanest diesel buses". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  10. ^ "www.perthbus.info". perthbus.info. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  11. ^ Volvo B8RLE Bus Lists on the Web
  12. ^ "The first Volvo Double Decker city bus in South Korea". buslife.de. Retrieved 2018-05-12.

External links

  • Media related to Volvo B8RLE at Wikimedia Commons
  • Introduction Volvo Buses
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