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April 25 2016

It’s a first for Go-Ahead with Volvo B5LH MCV

Go-Ahead London has taken delivery of the first of a batch of 20 Volvo B5LH Euro 6 hybrid double-deck buses with new MCV bodywork, which are the first of two orders totalling 85 for delivery throughout 2016.

Built to Transport for London (TfL) standards and Go-Ahead specifications, this is the first bus with the new MCV EvoSeti bodywork on a hybrid chassis to be deployed in London and will be initially operating on the Dulwich-Aldgate routes 35 and 40. 

With a further 19 to shortly enter service, the remaining 65 will be rolled out during the rest of this year.   

Richard Harrington, Engineering Director for Go-Ahead London, says: “It is exciting to see the first bus with MCV EvoSeti bodywork enter service in London and particularly as this new concept is operating under the Go-Ahead name. 

Phil Owen, Commercial Sales Director for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, Richard Harrington, Engineering Director for Go-Ahead London and Ashraf Faswzi, Managing Director of MCV Bus & Coach Ltd, with two of the 20 Volvo B5LH Euro 6 hybrid double deck buses with new MCV ‘Evoseti’ bodywork for Go-Ahead London.

“We have trialled MCV on Euro 5 chassis previously, but never before with Euro 6 and on the widely-recognised London red bus.

“We are the largest bus operator in London and have been working with Volvo Bus for many years, and we continue to do so due to the excellent in-service performance and reliability we’ve experienced with their vehicles.

“They always listen to our needs and requests, and this in turn enables us to deliver the best possible vehicles for our passengers. 

“We visited the MCV factory in Egypt with Volvo to see the new bodywork being developed and manufactured, and it’s great to see it finished, on the chassis and entering service in London.”

Phil Fletcher, Fleet Sales Manager for Volvo Bus, says: “As a leading bus manufacturer, our aim is to offer operators like Go-Ahead the best in operational performance with a good choice of bodywork to suit their many needs and requirements.  

“We believe the B5LH with all of its options ticks all these boxes perfectly. 

“Our B5LH hybrid vehicle meets all the operational requirements and demands of London bus routes and we believe it provides some of the cleanest emissions standards available in the world today. 

“Like Go-Ahead, we’re looking forward to seeing the bus with the new EvoSeti bodywork on the streets of the capital throughout 2016.”

The Volvo B5LH hybrid driveline delivers proven best in class fuel economy and CO2 reductions of up to 39% compared with their conventional diesel equivalents, as well as achieving the highest possible levels of reliability.

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