Volvo Buses plans to have the bodies of its electrical city and mid-size buses in European markets produced by MCV (Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles) from next year. This supplies a letter of intent from both business.
Volvo Buses had actually formerly chosen that it would no longer produce total buses itself in Europe. The contract that has actually now been concluded supplies that from summertime 2024 MCV will offer under license bodies for city buses Volvo 7900 Electric and 7900 Electric Articulated with 2 and 3 axles. These electrical buses are set up to be provided to consumers in Europe from early 2025.
Volvo Buses and MCV likewise wish to produce an electrical deal for regional buses. The information of the vehicle prepared for the inter-urban sector are still unidentified.
Volvo Buses will continue to produce chassis consisting of electrical drives, and existing production of these at 2 Swedish plants in Borås and Uddevalla will likewise be maintained. Volvo’s plant in Wroclaw, Poland, where the chassis bodies are presently produced, is set up to close in the very first quarter of2024 The body and interior decorations, on the other hand, need to originate from MCV in the future.
MCV or Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles is a business from Egypt which, as reported, likewise wishes to base itself in Germany with its electrical city bus. MCV has plants in Egypt, Singapore and South Africa and was initially developed as Daimler’s primary representative. Considering That 2006, MCV has actually been producing cars under its trademark name, a lot of which are based upon chassis from other producers– such as Mercedes-Benz, however likewise Volvo Buses.
Therefore, the Swedes explain MCV in a news release as “among the most essential partners of Volvo Buses”, as the bodies have actually currently been effectively provided to consumers in the UK. Metroline, for instance, runs a set of electrical buses based upon the BZL Electric chassis, and Stagecoach just recently purchased 170 MCV buses with a Volvo chassis.
” We are extremely happy to reinforce our collaboration with MCV as they have the experience and capability to provide the very best designs that fulfill European requirements and requirements,” states Dan Pettersson, Senior Vice President at Volvo Buses. “By dealing with an external body contractor, we have the capability to be more versatile to satisfy market needs and consumer requirements.”
However, the collaboration is not special: Alongside the collaboration with MCV, Volvo Buses states it is checking out “extra deals with other business makers”.