Volvo Buses recently launched the world's largest bus chassis, Gran Artic 300, at the FetransRio exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new biarticulated chassis, developed in Brazil especially for BRT systems - high demand transportation systems where buses run on dedicated lanes, measures 30 metres in length and can carry up to 300 passengers. The company added that one biarticulated bus of the model replaces three standard vehicles.
Fabiano Todeschini, head of Volvo Bus Latin America, said, "We are leaders in vehicles for high-capacity transportation systems, Bus Rapid Transit, and now we introduce the world's largest bus chassis. This vehicle will provide more efficient transportation systems, offering a higher quality for the passengers and improved cost efficiency for the transport operators."
The Gran Artic 300 heads Volvo's bus range for high-capacity urban transportation systems that includes the following models:
|Chassis model||Length||Passenger capacity|
|1. Artic 150||18.6m||150|
|2. Artic 180||21m||180|
|3. Super Artic 210||22m||210|
|4. Gran Artic 300||30m||300|
The Swedish company also unveiled a new 22m articulated chassis - Super Artic 210. Built on only three axles, it offers a transportation capacity of 210 passengers and is equipped with five doors. The extra door facilitates boarding and alighting and also enables a better passenger distribution inside the bus.
The high-capacity buses aid the reduction of number of vehicles operating in the bus corridors, thus leading to not only an increased average speed of the system but also reduced emissions.
Volvo has delivered more than 4,000 buses to the BRT-systems of Curitiba, Bogota, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and San Salvador.