富豪B7RLE Volvo B7RLE
On 29 May, 2009, Volvo announced in it official website that received an order from KMB with 100 Euro 5 new buses and 40 of them are full-sized single decker, B7RLE. Volvo is the second supplier of full-sized super low-floor single decker for KMB.
Volvo stated in the press release that all B7RLEs are 12m in length and powered by a 7-litre Euro 5 emission standard engine. All Volvo B7RLE would be bodied by MCV, a bodybuilder in Egypt and first supplying bus bodywork to Hong Kong, providing capacity of 75 passengers with 35 seatings. To go one step further, all B7RLEs are air-conditioned and a ramp together with a parking bay for wheelchair will be provided. The first Volvo B7RLE was arrived on 7, Nov.,2009 with the standard KMB golden livery. The first B7RLE is fitted with Hanover electronic display and Nippon-Denso air-conditioning unit. After all required tests and training were completed, first three B7RLEs were registered on 31, Mar., 2010 and first served circular route 273 on 13, Apr., 2010. The following new buses registered were deployed on Northern New Territories route 73K and 78K, route 34M and 234B serving Tsuen Wan and route 264M operated between Tin Shui Wai and Tsing Yi.
KMB placed an additional order of 30 B7RLEs before the first batch of B7RLE to be delivered and the first batch of this order was delivered in the mid. of Oct., 2010. The second batch of B7RLE was awaiting at the dealer until the first two, AVC41(RD7861) and AVC42(RD7996) registered in the mid. of Dec., 2011. The remaining B7RLEs belonged to this batch gradually registered since mid. of Feb., 2012 and deployed on route 270 serving Northern New Territories, 251A running along Kam Sheung Road and 2C and 203 serving Yau Yat Tsuen.
Though Volvo stated in the press release that all B7RLEs is complied with Euro 5 emission standard, AVC2(PE5856) is an exception as it was fitted with a Euro 4 Volvo engine together with a different transmission unit chosen, ZF Ecomat fully automatic gearbox instead a Ecolife gearbox was fitted. Moreover, both chassis and body number of AVC2 is the smallest within all B7RLESs. Volvo B7RLE already introduced to Hong Kong before the purchase order made by KMB, New Hong Kong Bus Co., the operator of shuttle service between Lok Ma Chau and Huangguang introduced 5 Volvo B7RLEs with locally made Jit Luen bodyworks in 2003 while another Volvo B7RLE with Asia Auto bodywork was entered service with The John F Kennedy Centre founded by the Red Cross in 2006 as school service for students studying in their school at Sandy Bay Road, Hong Kong Island.
In Feb., 2016, KMB tendered for selling 40 single deckers includes the Volvo B7RLE, however, until the end of Oct., 2016, there is no B7RLE retired from the fleet and they are mainly seen on routes in the Northern New Territories like 73K, 270, 273，273B and 278K. In addition, it is a common sight for B7RLE on route 8A, 11D, 28B, 37M, 72A, 74A, 82K, 95M, 203C, 216M, 272A, 296M and 606 etc.
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