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Volvo hybrid bus to hit Bangalore

According to reports, the Volvo hybrid bus, unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo earlier this month, would be launched on Bangalore roads soon, Karnataka Transport Minister R Ashoka said on Monday.

The 105-seater single bus would have a two-month trial run in the city, expected to be from this month itself, he told reporters here. As per a preliminary reports, it cuts diesel fuel costs by 30 per cent, while emissions are significantly less, Ashoka said.

According to officials, the Volvo 7700 hybrid has a diesel engine and an electric motor, which can be used either independently or jointly. The battery that drives the motor is charged through re-generative braking. The engine shuts off when the vehicle is stationary and does not start again till the bus reaches 15-20 kmph, further saving fuel, they said.

Meanwhile, new bus depots are being established at five places in Karnataka, including Mysore and Udupi under a public-private-partnership model, Ashoka said. In addition to the depots at Tumkur, Challakere, Hassan, Udupi and Mysore, a divisional workshop would be set up in Puttur, where a new bus stand would also come up, he said.

Ashoka added foundation stone would be laid tomorrow for a new depot of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation at Devanahally on 3.6 acres of land on the city outskirts. The depot is a Rs 3.6 crore project.

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