The milestone agreement with the PTA Public Transport Authority of Western Australia (PTA) has an order value of AUD 274 million for the first 5 year term, and is part of an investment in the state’s future bus fleet where vehicles reaching the end of their useful life will be replaced with new high quality, modern vehicles.
Volvo will remain prime contractor under the new deal, which is the second long-term contract from the PTA for the global bus and chassis manufacturer. An average of 90 buses will be delivered per year for up to 10 years, with an initial 5 year deal, and option for a further 5 years.
“With the latest order the PTA continues to put strong confidence in the Volvo team. We have the great opportunity to continue our strategic long-term partnership, supporting the PTA and the PTA operators for the next 10 years and beyond,” Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses, said.
“Together with our strong dealer partner, Truck Centre WA, we are extremely proud and humbled by the announcement that not only recognizes our latest offer to the PTA for future deliveries and support, but also the high quality products, service and support delivered by the Australian team over the last nine years throughout the previous contract.”
The contract will initially see the supply of Volvo’s latest Euro 6 B8RLE buses.
“The Euro 6 Volvo B8RLE is well proven both in the Australian market and globally, and continues to set the industry standard for fuel efficiency, drivability and lifecycle costs,” Agnevall said.
Truck Centre WA (TCWA) has partnered with Volvo as their servicing dealer for more than 50 years and employs more than 240 staff across its WA network.
The modern, aluminum, low-floor diesel buses will have USB charging points, meet Euro 6 emissions standards and will be fully wheel chair accessible.
The first Volgren-bodied Volvo B8RLE Euro 6 prototype for the new contract is expected to be delivered in August this year. Full production will commence in October 2019, with 66 buses to be delivered to the PTA in the first twelve months.