Swedish automobile major Volvo will introduce hybrid technology in India by supplying hybrid buses to Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT), on a pilot basis in the first half of 2016.
According to the Volvo Buses president Hakan Agnevall, "Hybrid buses are an important solution for cities that want to reduce vehicle emissions. I am very proud that Volvo is the first bus manufacturer to introduce hybrid buses in India".
The Swedish auto giant is brining this hybrid technology to India at a time when the Indian government is actively pursuing to promote more environmentally-friendly vehicles. To promote environmentally-friendly vehicles, the Indian government has recently launched the FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India) scheme, packed with incentives on the electric and hybrid vehicles.
Volvo is the first bus manufacturer to introduce hybrid buses in India. This hybrid vehicle is considered very helpful to reduce vehicles emission, as it offers fuel savings of around 75%. The hybrid buses will be manufactured in Volvo's facility at Bengaluru. Volvo has sold over 5,000 buses in India since 2001. The company has approximately 1,500 city buses operating in over 30 Indian cities.