富豪B7RLE Volvo B7RLE

編號 Class:AVC

瑞典富豪車廠於二零零九年五月二十九日,於官方網頁宣佈,獲得九巴訂購一百架符合歐盟五型排放標準新車,當中四十架為B7RLE大型單層低地台巴士,成為繼Scania K230UB之後,九巴第二款大型單層低地台巴士。

根據有關新聞稿,全數B7RLE全長十二米,配用同廠七公升歐五排放標準引擎,車身將由總部設於埃及的MCV負責裝嵌,這亦是該車身製造廠首次為香港巴士提供車身。空調系統早已經是香港這個亞熱帶城巿所必要的配備,而所有富豪B7RLE原設計可提供三十五個座位及四十三人企位,從數字而言,與一架九巴雙門版丹尼士長矛一樣,但在驗車之後,企位人數修訂為四十個。跟丹尼士長矛不同的是,B7RLE將於前門提供登車斜版以及輪椅停放位置。

首架富豪B7RLE已經於二零零九年十一月七日抵港,並鬆上香擯金色九巴色彩,首架新車配用Hanover電子路線牌及由日本電裝供應的空調系統,在通過所有必要的測試及調校後,首三架B7RLE於二零一零年三月三十一日出牌,編號為AVC,並於四月十三日被派出行走返華明及粉嶺鐵路站的273循環線。除了273獲分配首批B7RLE新車,同樣行走北區的73K及78K,荃灣區的34M及234B,以及天水圍區的264M都是首批AVC新車投入服務所行走的路線。在首批富豪B7RLE付運來港之前,九巴再增購多三十架B7RLE,而這批新車於二零一零年十月中陸續抵港,但一直待在車廠一年多才陸續安排登記出牌。首兩架新車AVC41(RD7861)及AVC42(RD7996)於二零一一年十二月中出牌,緊接著的新車亦於二零一二年二月開始出牌,並被安排行走如新界北區的270,服務錦上路一帶的251A,以及往返又一村的2C及203路線。

值得一提是,雖然前述所有富豪B7RLE都是屬歐五排放標準,但唯獨AVC2(PE5856)是一個例外,AVC2是整批B7RLE中唯一採用歐四排放標準引擎,波箱亦是採用ZF的Ecomat全自動波箱,與其他成員所配置的ZF Ecolife波箱有所不同,而其底盤及車身編號是全數B7RLE中最早的。另外,早於九巴從富豪引進B7RLE之前,營運往返落馬洲及皇崗口岸的新香港巴士有限公司,已經於二零零三年購入五架富豪B7RLE,並由本地捷聯車身廠負責設計及裝嵌車身,至於紅十字會甘迺迪中心亦於二零零六年購進一架配用亞洲雙門車身的富豪B7RLE,作為接送就讀位處港島大口環道校舍的學童之用。

九巴於二零一六年二月對外招標出售車隊中的四十架單層巴士,當中富豪B7RLE亦見於出售名單之上,唯到同年十月底仍然未見任何九巴富豪B7RLE退役及轉售到其他營運商中。目前富豪B7RLE主要服務於新界北區一帶路線,計有73K,270,273,273B及278K,而其他常見有B7RLE蹤影的路線包括有8A,11D,28B,37M,72A,74A,82K,95M,203C,216M,272A,296M及606等。

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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