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  • Andrew Dawson
    Volvo is also the owner of NoVaBus here in Canada and let me tell you that the buses they build for transit use, are just garbage. For a company like Volvo
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2006
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      Volvo is also the owner of NoVaBus here in Canada and let me tell you that
      the buses they build for transit use, are just garbage. For a company like
      Volvo this is a real shame. Later, Andrew

      http://www.novabus.com/

      >From: "Todd Edelman" <edelman@...>
      >Reply-To: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
      >To: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] A strange bedfellow
      >Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 15:20:13 +0200 (CEST)
      >
      > > Ian wrote:
      >
      > > Volvo trucks seem to be doing some interesting things.
      >
      >Well, as far as their buses go, Volvo is already on our side, right? They
      >also do lots of biogas buses in Sweden.
      >
      >Then again, the buses could compete with trains for a decision about
      >vehicle and infrastructure planning in the passenger area, and perhaps
      >also in the freight area, with trucks vs. trains.
      >
      >Ideally these things are complementary. Buses feed trains when
      >appropriate, and the same with trucks and trains. If they stopped
      >competing for the same solutions, they and the regional train
      >manufacturers could fire some of their marketing/sales staff, lobbyists,
      >etc and lower prices, etc.
      >
      >The gas engines used in the biogas train in Sweden are made by Volvo,
      >because they also sell engines separately.
      >
      >So perhaps Volvo Trucks might want to co-finance something regarding
      >promotion or research. There are other companies doing similar things, of
      >course.
      >
      >BRT/ITDP people or possibly me can get contacts.
      >
      >Aside from the wind generation thing, I know nothing about any good
      >practice in manufacturing of Volvo. I assume it is at least "average",
      >whatever that means, or possibly better.
      >
      >Do you have some concrete ideas, Ian? Regarding being directly involved in
      >development of a carfree city, I assume they would have to be part of a
      >tender process.
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