- 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
>From: "Todd Edelman" <edelman@...>
>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
>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