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The Volvo B7RLE is a low-entry single-deck bus chassis manufactured by Volvo. It was superseded by the Volvo B8RLE in 2013.[1]

Volvo B7RLE
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Overview
ManufacturerVolvo
Production2001 - present
AssemblyBorås, Sweden
Body and chassis
Doors1-3
Floor typeLow entry
Powertrain
EngineVolvo D7C/D7E
Capacity31 to 50 seated
Power output250hp, 275hp, 290hp
TransmissionVoith DIWA 864.3E/D864.5
Volvo I-Shift
ZF Ecomat
ZF EcoLife
Dimensions
Lengthvarious from
10 to 12 m (32 ft 9 34 in to 39 ft 4 12 in)
Width2.5 m (8 ft 2 38 in)
Height3 m (9 ft 10 18 in)
Chronology
PredecessorVolvo B10BLE
Volvo B7L
SuccessorVolvo B8RLE

SpecificationsEdit

The Volvo B7RLE is similar to its predecessor, the B10BLE. In essence the B7RLE is the front section of the B7L chassis mated with the rear section of the B7R chassis. Originally, the B7RLE featured the D7C 6-cylinder, 7.3-litre diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler, producing 250 or 275 bhp and meeting the Euro III incentive emission standard. This was replaced by the 7.1-litre Volvo D7E engine producing 290 bhp, to Euro III/Euro IV/Euro V incentive emission standards. Unlike the B7L, the B7RLE's engine is mounted at the center of the rear overhang as opposed to the nearside, resolving the issue of engine intrusion into the saloon. The Volvo B7RLE is also equipped with disc brakes and ABS.

OperatorsEdit

 
Chiayi Bus Company Tang Eng Iron Works bodied B7RLE in Taiwan
 
Shanghai Bus bodied B7RLE
 
SBS Transit B7RLE demonstrator

The Volvo B7RLE was launched in mainland Europe and Australia in 2001, and then in the United Kingdom in 2003 to supplement the B7L, which was unsuccessful in both countries. The B7RLE appealed more to UK operators, with whom the B7L was unpopular and has sold well compared to its predecessor.

United KingdomEdit

Major purchasers of the B7RLE included Arriva (134), Blazefield Group (88), Bus Éireann (73), East Yorkshire Motor Services (27), FirstGroup (820), Lothian Buses (90), National Express West Midlands (188), Ulsterbus (46) and Wilts & Dorset (78).[2][3]

Initially the B7RLE was only available in the UK with Wright Eclipse Urban bodywork. From 2004 it was built as a low-floor single-decker coach, with a longer front overhang and Wright Eclipse Commuter body.[4] From late 2006 the B7RLE in the UK was available with Plaxton Centro bodywork followed by Alexander Dennis Enviro300 and Optare Esteem bodywork in 2008.[5][6][7]

AustraliaEdit

In Australia, the B7RLE was purchased in large numbers by Brisbane Transport (554), ComfortDelGro Australia (400), State Transit (123) and Transperth (701) with Bustech, Custom Bus and Volgren bodywork.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

ChinaEdit

The B7RLE is one of the very few foreign bus chassis models in Mainland China, all bodied by Shanghai Sunwin Bus, with assembly model numbers SWB6120V4LE and SWB6120V6LE. Notably, only 1 unit is marked as SWB6120V6LE, which is donated to Nanjing Transport. All units operated in Shanghai are SWB6120V4LE, with fleet number prefix S2F/S2G (Euro III) and S2M (Euro IV w/ adblue), which is very common on Shanghai streets.

Hong KongEdit

In 2003, Huangbus (Lok Ma Chau - Huanggang shuttle bus service) purchased five B7RLEs with Jit Luen JL-08 bodies and D7E-290 7142cc engines. Kowloon Motor Bus ordered 70 B7RLEs with MCV Evolution bodies in 2009.[14]

IndiaEdit

In India, B7RLEs were introduced into service in Bangalore in 2006 by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. The B7RLEs are also operated by Metropolitan Transport Corporation and Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation in Chennai and Pondicherry, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram and in 2014 Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation started using B7RLEs for their Town To Town services all over Kerala state.

They were later inducted into the fleets of Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport, and BEST for use in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai respectively. Custom made B7RLE chassis are assembled at Volvo's factory outside Bangalore. The dual-doored versions are operated by the WBTC in Kolkata. B7RLEs are also operated by Assam State Transport Corporation in Assam state.

 
Volvo 8400 B7RLE

IndonesiaEdit

Some Volvo B7RLEs also operate in Surabaya, Indonesia. It is the first wheelchair-accessible bus (WAB) in Indonesia fitted with a Euro IV engine.

IsraelEdit

Metropoline purchased Volvo B7RLEs with Merkavim Pioneer bodywork. Some bus companies own Volvo B7RLEs with USB sockets, WiFi and Real time and it is the first country to use 2009 buses with a new ZF EcoLife transmission

MalaysiaEdit

RapidKL operate Gemilang Coachworks bodied B7RLEs.

New ZealandEdit

Ritchies Coachlines operate 20 bodied by DesignLine.[15] Mana Coach Services operate 22 Kiwi Bus Builders bodied examples with a third axle added.[16]

PhilippinesEdit

The Philippines has B7RLEs running in Cebu City, operated by Metro Rapid Transport System Inc., the owner of MyBus. Starting July 2016, RRCG Transport launches "P2P (Point-to-Point) Premium Bus Service" for Alabang Town Center to Greenbelt 1, serving 3 units for King Long XMQ6127G with Sunwin SWB6128 front and rear mask, built by the Philippine-based Autodelta Coach Builders, Inc. This model is also used by Cebu Pacific for transporting passengers from NAIA Terminal 3 to their aircraft. The bus company Joanna Jesh Transport also started to use the bus model for its FTI-Navotas route starting in 2019[17]

SingaporeEdit

Singapore has B7RLEs running in Sentosa featuring Liannex bodies, either in a city bus configuration for its internal shuttles, or as open-top double-decker buses. A Euro IV demonstrator featuring Soon Chow bodywork was offered to SBS Transit (initially meant for a one-year trial) in December 2007, registered as SBS8030L, and is under Hougang Depot as a training bus currently.

TaiwanEdit

In Taiwan, B7RLEs were first introduced on Chiayi Bus Rapid Transit (Chiayi BRT) in 2007. All B7RLEs in Taiwan that were manufactured between 2007 and 2012 featured Tang Eng Iron Works bodywork, whereas those manufactured after 2013 featured Daji bodywork.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ New Volvo Chassis Unveiled Australasian Bus & Coach 19 May 2017
  2. ^ Volvo B7RLE Bus Lists on the Web
  3. ^ Volvo B7RLE Bus Lists on the Web
  4. ^ First order for revolutionary new commuter coach Wrightbus May 2004
  5. ^ Euro Bus Expo '06;New show, new vehicles Bus & Coach Professional 24 October 2006
  6. ^ Wessex Connect Adds Plaxton Centros Plaxton July 2007
  7. ^ Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 on ADL, MAN or Volvo Chassis Busworld 7 January 2008
  8. ^ Volvo V7RLE Volgren Brisbane Transport Buses
  9. ^ Volvo V7RLE Volgren Optimus Brisbane Transport Buses
  10. ^ CDC Group NSW Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  11. ^ CDC Group Victoria Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  12. ^ State Transit Authority Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  13. ^ Volvo B7RLE Perth Bus Info
  14. ^ Order for 100 Volvo Buses in Hong Kong Volvo 29 May 2009
  15. ^ Ritchie Transport Holdings Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  16. ^ Mana Coach Services Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  17. ^ "Pinoy Bus Fanatic". March 17, 2019. Retrieved July 14, 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Volvo B7RLE at Wikimedia Commons