Volvo Buses India delivers sleeping vehicles to Kerala SRTC

Volvo Buses India, part of VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), has launched its first fully built sleeping car. The 15-meter-long sleeping car was developed on the Volvo B11R chassis. The first eight coaches will be delivered to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation.

Commenting on the launch, Vinod Aggarwal, MD and CEO of VECV, “We are very excited to bring the first factory-built sleeper cars to market that meet legal and Volvo bus standards. It is remarkable that we were able to deliver this world-class solution within a year of the establishment of the VECV Bus Division, which combines the activities of Volvo Buses India and Eicher-Bus to strengthen public transport with industry-defining products and solutions. We are confident that Volvo’s new B11R sleeper will set a new benchmark in the fast growing sleeper market. ”

Akash Passey, President, Bus Division, VE Commercial Vehicles, commented, “Volvo Buses India’s globally recognized Hosakote manufacturing facility is uniquely focused on developing fully built buses that are superior in design, durability, comfort and safety . We have delivered the first sleeper cars to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation for use on routes connecting God’s Own Country. Passengers can travel in international comfort knowing that we offer the highest level of value and security. “

“Kerala has a long-term agenda to develop public transportation that will meet the rapidly evolving mobility needs of our advanced state. These sleeper buses are used on major domestic and interstate routes, ”said Biju Prabhakar, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation.

The sleeper platform can also be applied to the Volvo B8R range, which includes 12m and 13.5m chassis.

The Volvo B11R is designed to perform at its best in demanding conditions. Noteworthy are, among other things, the 12-speed I-Shift gearbox of the chassis, electronically controlled air suspension and electronic braking systems.

The coach offers space for 39 beds and offers 12.5 cubic meters of personal luggage space. The fully sealed saloon area features fire retardant fabrics, plywood, cushions and ABS finishes that give a premium feel while ensuring the highest levels of safety.

To maximize durability, the sleeper body was built on a high-strength carbon steel structure that has been coated with anti-corrosion paint. The coach fully complies with all relevant automotive standards and norms.

On motorways, the sleeping car provides comfortable and spacious sleeping places with headrests for the passengers as well as a special small luggage compartment, mobile chargers and a personal reading lamp. A curtain is also provided between adjacent berths.

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