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By MT Bureau| Nov 24, 2021

Volvo Buses India Launches First Fully Built Sleeper Coach

Volvo Buses India has launched its first wholly built sleeper coach to re-energise the commercial vehicle segment (buses) that was critically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The company has received its first order for eight sleeper buses from the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. These buses will be manufactured at Volvo Buses India’s state-of-the-art facility in Hosakote, Bengaluru.

Developed on the 15m long B11R chassis, the sleeper will house 39 berths with 12.6 m3 of personal luggage space. The interior utilises fire-retardant grade fabrics, plywood, cushions and ABS surfaces to enhance the premium feel and safety. Other notable features on the inside include spacious berths with headrests, mobile chargers, personal reading lamps, LED lighting and curtain between adjacent berths.

The body of the bus is constructed using high-strength carbon steel that has been coated with anti-corrosive paint for maximum durability. The B11R also features a 12-speed I-Shift gearbox, air suspension and electronic braking system for enhanced safety and comfort of the passengers. Volvo has also confirmed that the sleeper bus body platform can also be applied to the Volvo B8R range that includes 12m and 13.5m chassis.

Vinod Aggarwal, MD and CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles, said, “We are thrilled to launch the first factory-built sleeper coaches compliant with legal and Volvo Bus standards. It is noteworthy that we were able to deliver this world-class solution within a year of establishing VECV Bus Division, combining the Volvo Buses India operations and Eicher bus to energise public transport with industry-defining products and solutions. We are confident that the new Volvo B11R sleeper will establish a new benchmark in the rapidly growing sleeper bus market.”

Adding to it, Akash Passey, President – Bus Division, VE Commercial Vehicles, said, “Volvo Buses India’sglobally-benchmarked Hosakote manufacturing facility is uniquely geared to develop completely built buses that are distinguished for their superior design, durability, comfort and safety. We are humbled to have delivered the first sleeper coaches to Kerala State Road Transport Corporation for deployment on routes connecting God’s Own Country! Passengers can travel in internationally benchmarked comfort, secure in the knowledge that we deliver the highest levels of value and safety.”

Biju Prabhakar, IAS, Chairman and managing director, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, said, “Kerala has a long-term agenda to develop high-quality public transport in keeping with rapidly evolving mobility needs of our progressive state. These sleeper buses will be deployed on prominent intra-state and inter-state routes.” (MT)

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