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The Volvo B8RLE is a 7.7-litre-engined low-entry bus chassis manufactured by Volvo since 2013 for Euro VI markets. It was designed as a replacement for the B7RLE and the B9RLE. The right-hand drive version was launched in November 2014.[2]

Initially available in two- and tri-axle variants, the articulated version of the B8RLE called the B8RLEA is available in Australia since late 2014.[3] In 2017, Euro III and V versions were launched worldwide with engine outputs at 250 and 330 hp.[1] The 250 hp version is marketed in Brazil as the Volvo B250RLE.[4]

It is also available as a medium-floor bus chassis, known as Volvo B8R. Throughout Europe, the B8RLE is most commonly available as the semi-integral Volvo 8900LE. In the United Kingdom, the B8RLE is offered with MCV Evora and Wright Eclipse 3 bodywork, and formerly also with MCV Evolution 2 bodywork. Additionally, Plaxton has also developed a low-entry version called the Plaxton Panther LE coach based on the B8RLE chassis with the 6x2 tri-axles configuration, for the intercity bus-commuter coach market. In Spain the B8R and the B8RLE is only available with the bodywork Unvi Urbis, Castrosua Magnus E, Sunsundegui SB3 and Sunsundegui Astral (this bodywork is discontinued).

In the Philippines, Volvo Buses launches the B8RLE August 2018. It is the first B8RLE in the Philippine market to be imported from Borås, Sweden. The locally-assembled B8RLE (for automatic transmission variants, along with B8R) bus chassis kits in Subic at the Autodelta plant from the third quarter of 2019.

In Indonesia, Indotruck Utama (as a representative of Volvo Buses Indonesia) launches the B8RLE in March 2019 at Busworld Southeast Asia.

Engines

D8K,[5] 7698 cc, in-line 6-cylinder turbodiesel (2013–present)

  • D8K280 - 206 kW (280 bhp), 1050 Nm, Euro VI
  • D8K320 - 235 kW (320 bhp), 1200 Nm, Euro VI
  • D8K350 - 258 kW (350 bhp), 1400 Nm, Euro VI

D8C, 7698 cc, in-line 6 cyl. turbodiesel (2017–present)

  • D8C250 - 186 kW (250 bhp), 950 Nm, Euro III/Euro V[4]
  • D8C330 - 246 kW (330 bhp), 1200 Nm, Euro III/Euro V

Operators

Australia

  • Brisbane Transport operate 100 Volgren Optimus-bodied B8RLEs, with further orders pending.[6] They also operate 20 articulated B8RLEAs, with a further 10 on order [7][8][9]
  • Transdev NSW operates 50 B8RLEs, primarily with Bustech bodies, for Transport Buses in Sydney. More B8RLEs are currently being built in Brisbane for NSW's State Transit network.[10]
  • Transperth operate 139 B8RLEs (Including 32 for the Perth CAT services) and 70 articulated B8RLEAs, all with Volgren Optimus bodies.[11][12][13] More units are currently being built locally as part of the Public Transport Authority's order for 900 new buses over a period of 10 years.[14]
  • Transit Systems NSW operates 10 Volgren Optimus-bodied B8RLE.
  • Ventura Bus Lines operates several Volgren Optimus-bodied B8RLEA.

One example of an Express Coach Builders-bodied B8RLE also exists as a special needs school bus in Perth, Western Australia.

United Kingdom

The first example in the United Kingdom was delivered to Arriva Shires & Essex in 2014.[2] As at March 2018, 88 have been delivered with Lothian Buses the largest purchaser with 15.[15] East Yorkshire Motor Services purchased 6 with MCV Evolution bodywork in late 2015-2016. Stagecoach in the Fens have 17 B8RLEs on the Wright Eclipse 3 and MCV eVoRa, and tri-axle variants, the articulated version of the B8RLE called the B8RLEA is available in Australia since late 2014.[3] In 2017, Euro III and V versions were launched worldwide with engine outputs at 250 and 330 hp.[1] The 250 hp version is marketed in Brazil as the Volvo B250RLE.[4]

It is also available as a medium-floor bus chassis, known as Volvo B8R. Throughout Europe, the B8RLE is most commonly available as the semi-integral Volvo 8900LE. In the United Kingdom, the B8RLE is offered with MCV Evora and Wright Eclipse 3 bodywork, and formerly also with MCV Evolution 2 bodywork. Additionally, Plaxton has also developed a low-entry version called the Plaxton Panther LE coach based on the B8RLE chassis with the 6x2 tri-axles configuration, for the intercity bus-commuter coach market. In Spain the B8R and the B8RLE is only available with the bodywork Unvi Urbis, Castrosua Magnus E, Sunsundegui SB3 and Sunsundegui Astral (this bodywork is discontinued).

In the Philippines, Volvo Buses launches the B8RLE August 2018. It is the first B8RLE in the Philippine market to be imported from Borås, Sweden. The locally-assembled B8RLE (for automatic transmission variants, along with B8R) bus chassis kits in Subic at the Autodelta plant from the third quarter of 2019.

In Indonesia, Indotruck Utama (as a representative of Volvo Buses Indonesia) launches the B8RLE in March 2019 at Busworld Southeast Asia.

D8K,[5] 7698 cc, in-line 6-cylinder turbodiesel (2013–present)

  • D8K280 - 206 kW (280 bhp), 1050 Nm, Euro VI
  • D8K320 - 235 kW (320 bhp), 1200 Nm, Euro VI
  • D8K350 - 258 kW (350 bhp), 1400 Nm, Euro VI

D8C, 7698 cc, in-line 6 cyl. turbodiesel (2017–present)

  • D8C250 - 186 kW (250 bhp), 950 Nm, Euro III/Euro V[4]
  • D8C330 - 246 kW (330 bhp), 1200 Nm, Euro III/Euro V

Operators

Australia

  • The only Express Coach Builders-bodied B8RLE, currently used as

    The only Express Coach Builders-bodied B8RLE, currently used as a school bus in Perth, Western Australia.

  • Gimpo Trans Daji bodied Volvo B8RLE double-decker
    
  • Gimpo Trans Daji bodied Volvo B8RLE double-decker
    
  • Gyeonggi ComTrans Daji bodied Volvo B8RLE double-decker

  • Kaohsiung Transportation Daji bodied Volvo B8RLE double-decker

  • San Chung Bus Daji bodied Volvo B8RLE double-decker

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    Tainan Bus Daji bodied Volvo B8RLE double-decker

  • Shing Nan Bus Daji bodied Volvo B8RLE singl

    Shing Nan Bus Daji bodied Volvo B8RLE single-deck

  • References
    1. ^ a b "Press release: Volvo Buses launches the Volvo B8R globally". Volvo Buses. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.