富豪 B8L Volvo B8L
Volvo was one of the main bus manufacturers in Singapore and to keep it market share, a B8L demonstrator was sent to Singapore for evaluation. Volvo B8L was the successor of the B9TL which made great success in both Hong Kong and Singapore market and already more than 1,000 units operated in Singapore.
Volvo B8L was powered by a longitudinally mounted Euro 6 Volvo engine and the use of the middle axle as the drive axle which contrasted with the transverse-mounted engine and rear axle as the drive axle on the B9TL. This B8L demonstrator still bodied by Wright with their Gemini 3 bodywork which was the first time fitted on 3-axle chassis.
After completion of the bodywork, it was shipped to Singapore and registered in mid. of Dec., 2017 as SG4003D and allocated to SBS Transit for operation. Before made it maiden trip, SG4003D was first shown to the public in Seletar Bus Depot Carnival in the end of Jan., 2018. It made several records in Singapore bus history. The most eye-catching was the sweeping glass panels along the full length of the staircase, SG4003D was the first and the only one buses with this design in Singapore at present. The carrying capacity of Volvo B8L was 137 passengers with 55 upper deck seatings and 29 lower decker seatings offered. To go one step further, USB charger was available to passengers.
SG4003D finally debut on route 94 linking Bishan on 2 Apr., 2018 and around 3 months later, it was changed to serve route 71 terminated at Yio Chu Kang MRT Station. During the revenue evaluation, the glass panels beneath the handrails were covered up in opaque film. The performance of SG4003D was poor as a result of frequent broke down and when purchasing new double deckers, the order went to MAN and Alexander Dennis.
SG4003D was withdrawn from service in Apr., 2020 just after two years trial and end up it service life in Singapore with returning to the dealer.
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