Volvo Bus Corporation (VBC) has officially launched the Volvo BZL Electric chassis. The launch event was held at the Volvo Group Australia (VGA) headquarters in Brisbane, Queensland.
The launch itself was a virtual event, broadcast across the globe and officially kicked off with a warm Swedish welcome and introduction from the President of Volvo Bus Corporation, Anna Westerberg.
The launch featured segments from global Volvo Bus markets including Australia, the United Kingdom and Mexico – as well as segments from key Volvo Bus Australia personnel, including Mitch Peden, General Manager Volvo Bus Australia and Dean Moule, Electromobility Product Director, Volvo Bus Asia Pacific Region.
The event at Volvo Group headquarters featured the new complete Volvo BZL Electric chassis with a Volgren Optimus body, where it was able to be viewed up close in person by attendees, which included VBA’s dedicated bus team as well as key Queensland based customers, partners and other industry stakeholders.
The next stop on the Volvo BZL Electric journey, will be the official handover to the Western Australian Public Transport Authority (PTA), the first customer nationally to be operating the Volvo BZL. Western Australia’s Minister for Transport, the Honourable Rita Saffioti MLA, was part of the virtual launch on Monday night, acknowledging this important next step towards delivering electromobility to Australian customers.
“After 5 years of extensive planning, development and testing, VBA was very proud to see the Volvo BZL Electric chassis officially launch globally.
Our electromobility projects have been ongoing for more than a decade, and we are thrilled to have launched such an innovative product that offers our cleanest, safest and most su