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Volvo BZL

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This photo thread will be dedicated to the Volvo BZL electric bus model in Perth, which will be operating on the Joondalup CAT and bus services in the northern suburbs under a trial for electric buses once it has been put into service in a few months time.

The first Volvo BZL electric bus model was seen at Abernethy Road, Kewdale after it lefted Trucks Centre Kewdale a day before the launch event organized by the PTA WA. Note that the offside external camera hasn't been fitted at this stage.
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Volvo BZL at Abernethy Road, Kewdale
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Thanks for sharing!

I do wonder how that (seemingly) decorative piece on the front of the bus will fare in service.

It also looks to have lower profile tyres. Can you confirm if it appears to sit lower than the present diesel Volvos? If so, another nice little improvement for passengers over the present deliveries, which, in my opinion, sit a bit too high off the ground.
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Merc1107 wrote: Wed Oct 20, 2021 5:58 pmIt also looks to have lower profile tyres. Can you confirm if it appears to sit lower than the present diesel Volvos? If so, another nice little improvement for passengers over the present deliveries, which, in my opinion, sit a bit too high off the ground.
It does look like it sits lower. It may be to do with height clearance, as the overhead equipment is taller than the Optimus air intake.
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Photos of BZL #1 at a launch event that the PTA organized and held at Trucks Centre Forrestfield on 21/10/2021, photo courtesy of WAMN News.
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It is disappointing that the underfloor equipment doesn't allow for a full low floor, nor a third door beyond the rear axle, but the BZL is still a very welcome electric sight! Even without the full low floor, there is only two small steps up, miles of extra headroom compared to the B8RLE (despite being not very tall, I still find I have to crouch to fit at the back of a B8)! Wish I could see a view from the rear, as there's a few things I note:
  • Rear-facing seats on the rear wheel arch, an improvement for family travel and crush capacity loads, less so in casual travel.
  • I assume that accounts for the wall-mounted hand grab pole as well, the ceiling-mounted rope hand grabs may be a tad too tall now.
  • Second photo, I note an awkward window design, having two windows and a pole separating them in what looks like the nearside wheelchair bay? It does happily provide another two USB ports, but is there any particular reason for it? Roof load bearing perhaps?
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Bus Suggestions wrote: Thu Oct 21, 2021 9:42 pm It is disappointing that the underfloor equipment doesn't allow for a full low floor, nor a third door beyond the rear axle, but the BZL is still a very welcome electric sight! Even without the full low floor, there is only two small steps up, miles of extra headroom compared to the B8RLE (despite being not very tall, I still find I have to crouch to fit at the back of a B8)! Wish I could see a view from the rear, as there's a few things I note:
  • Rear-facing seats on the rear wheel arch, an improvement for family travel and crush capacity loads, less so in casual travel.
  • I assume that accounts for the wall-mounted hand grab pole as well, the ceiling-mounted rope hand grabs may be a tad too tall now.
  • Second photo, I note an awkward window design, having two windows and a pole separating them in what looks like the nearside wheelchair bay? It does happily provide another two USB ports, but is there any particular reason for it? Roof load bearing perhaps?
The low floor seems to be similar to the Volvo B5LH hybrids operating in Victoria, in which the low floor stops one row short of the rear row.
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Certainly the RHD chassis/drivetrain setup does not allow for a door behind the rear axle. I find the lack of a rear window disappointing as this is a passenger-friendly feature that can readily return in an electric bus, most models of which do have them.

Overall, I don't think Volvo has done as well as the Custom Denning Element which ticks more boxes. It will be interesting to see the Dutch Ebusco 2.0 when it arrives here. All of these stack up better than the Chinese offerings.
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There was also a photo of the drivers cab from the same source but I'm not going to put them here as it does not properly show the dashboard. That being said, the layout is infact the same as the B8's perhaps with some minor differences.
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