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India Becomes First Asian/Developing Country to Export Buses to European Market

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  1. Chanakya's_Chant

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    Volvo makes in India buses for Europe, first bus maker to export to continent
    Made-in-India buses will help Volvo get an entry in inter-city bus segment
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    Volvo India Assembly Line

    This month, Volvo Buses will begin exporting fully-built made-in-India buses to customers in Europe, a first for a bus manufacturer to source from an Asian country.

    Volvo Buses has a unit in China, but is leveraging existing manufacturing capacity, the component supplier base and the low-cost workforce to build buses in India and export them at “competitive” costs to customers in Europe.

    The India-made buses will allow Volvo to get entry into the inter-city bus segment in Europe and compete with the likes of Diamler and IVECO at lower costs than buses produced locally, company officials said, but declined to quantify.

    According to Volvo Buses senior leadership, this would be the first time a CV maker will be exporting to Europe. Interestingly, this would also be the first time that Europe would be importing buses from a non-developed market, Volvo said.

    Volvo estimates that the annual volume for such buses to be 5,000 in Europe. “The buses will be fully built in India. There may be minor changes that the customer needs — like where the ticketing machine is placed...,” president Hakan Agnevall said.

    In 2011, Volvo invested Rs 400 crore to expand capacity to 1,500 vehicles a year from 800 buses at its India plant, located outskirts of Bengaluru.

    It currently makes 700 buses a year for the local market and countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

    Volvo involved customers, largely tour operators in Europe during the development of the bus, built in India by Volvo engineers, which is complaint with Euro VI regulations, he said.

    Volvo Buses senior vice-president for international operations Akash Passey said the firm gets neutral benefits as it is providing value addition to the products in India. The firm imports the transmission gear and engines for the buses to be exported to Europe, which complies with Euro VI regulations.

    India follows the Euro 4 equivalent emission norms in Metros and Euro III norms in smaller cities.

    “We will be ready with our products for India, when the country moves to Euro VI norms,” Passey said. Agnevall also said that Volvo is in talks with the Indian government to make electric and hybrid buses in India under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in the country.

    Source:- Volvo makes in India buses for Europe, first bus maker to export to continent | Business Standard News
     
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    Optimos Prime IA FULL MEMBER

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    Indian manufactured items are more cost effective than China . Others should follow the same
     
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    Higher quality too.
     
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    We are already a major automobile manufacturing hub. :)
     
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    Indeed, Renault, Ford, Nissan, Suzuki and Chevrolet (there may be others too) all use India as a manufacturing hub to export vehicles to other nations- including Europe.
     
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    Meanwhile Volvo's arch rival Daimler CV rolled out it's first bus from it's Bus Manufacturing Plant / Assembly Line at Chennai a week ago! Chennai is trully emerging as the "Detroit of India"! :D

    Daimler India CV begins rolling out BharatBenz and Mercedes-Benz buses
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    The first BharatBenz bus – a school bus –rolled off the production line at the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) plant in Oragadam, Chennai, today marking the start of bus production at the integrated truck and bus plant.

    The front-engine BharatBenz buses are for short-distance travel and targeted at school, staff and tourist transportation. The premium segment will be addressed with Mercedes-Benz rear-engine buses for inter-city transportation. The new plant will manufacture buses with gross vehicle weight of 9, 16 and above 16-tonne range.

    DICV says it has raised the safety bar in India with the new BharatBenz school bus, which is equipped with the latest safety features. They also offer reliability and low running costs for schools.

    The company’s statement says its BharatBenz staff buses are a cost effective and a comfortable mode of transit for employees while the BharatBenz tourist buses are designed towards high fuel efficiency and low maintenance cost to minimise expenses for operators.

    With the new multi-axle coach, DICV is introducing the next generation of Mercedes-Benz buses and the first 15-metre bus in India. The lightweight body and the high end styling together with the increased capacity make it an attractive product for intercity applications.

    Speaking on the occasion, Markus Villinger, managing director, Daimler Buses India, said: “It is a significant occasion for us as we start production of Made-in-India buses for the Indian market at our Oragadam plant. The buses are engineered to provide value to our customers and offer them suitable products with our two-brand strategy. We see enormous potential for growth in the market as the volume of the Indian market for buses weighing over eight tonnes is set to double by the year 2020.”

    After today’s start of production of buses, the DICV plant is the only Daimler Trucks plant worldwide to produce trucks, buses and engines with three brands – Mercedes-Benz, BharatBenz and Fuso – under one roof. The bus chassis are rolled out from the same assembly line as that of BharatBenz trucks, as they are technologically similar to the medium-duty BharatBenz trucks

    Before local bus production started, DICV has already started to export its bus chassis from India to Egypt in February, other markets to follow in future. Because the chassis are technically similar to those of the medium-duty BharatBenz truck, export activities from Chennai had begun even before the bus plant opened.

    Source:- Daimler India CV begins rolling out BharatBenz and Mercedes-Benz buses
     
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    How much local content do these busses have
     
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    Make in India effect: Foreign investment up 164 pc in auto industry
    Foreign investment jumped to US$2189.15 million (October 2014- April 2015) from US$ 830.69 million (October 2013- April 2014), in the industry.

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    Bharat Electronics gained 3 per cent, BEML surged 7 per cent and Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Co rose 5 per cent.


    ETAuto Bureau

    NEW DELHI: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the automobile industry has seen a 164 percent growth, in the seven month period from the launch of Make in India initiative on September 25, 2014, an official statement said on Thursday.

    Foreign investment jumped to US$2189.15 million (October 2014- April 2015) from US$ 830.69 million (October 2013- April 2014), in the industry.

    To attract more investments in the manufacturing sector, the Union Cabinet has introduced composite caps for simplification of FDI policy.

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    Under the new policy, all foreign investments like FIIs, NRIs and others will be clubbed together. This will be constituted as a composite cap.

    This step is aimed at simplifying the FDI policy, improving ease of doing doing business in India and eventually leading to an increase in foreign investments in the country.
    READ ALSO:FDI up 48 percent in seven months of 'Make in India'

    The policy proposed by Ministry of Commerce and Industry says "sectoral cap that is to say the maximum amount which can be invested by foreign investor, unless provided otherwise, is composite and includes all types of foreign investments, direct and indirect".

    During the period October, 2014 to April, 2015, FDI inflow recorded a growth of 42 percent from US $ 20.75 billion in US $ 29.42 billion.

    FDI equity inflows also increased from US $ 13.41 billion to US $ 19.84 billion, recording an increase of 48 percent.

    Source:- Make in India effect: Foreign investment up 164 pc in auto industry | ET Auto
     
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    I know Indians needs ego boasts but China's King Long has been exporting buses to Europe for over 12 years.
     
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    That's senior leadership of Volvo speaking bpy not Indian srsly take something for your low IQ
     
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    What?What?What?:rofl:

    There are plenty of examples but one suffices。

    Chinese-built zero-emissions electric bus prepares for service in London

    Fully electric doubledecker bus with new compact battery to launch in autumn, as London prepares for ultra low emission zone, reports China Daily

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    The world’s first pure electric zero emission double decker bus, designed and built by BYD, is to enter service in October 2015. Photograph: DYB

    Cecily Liu for China Daily, part of the Climate Publishers Network

    Saturday 18 July 2015 08.00 BST

    For years, London’s red doubledecker buses have dominated the capital, where nearly 1,000 routes are operated by 8,700 buses, many of them doubledeckers. Although there has been a gradual move to hybrid vehicles, many are still diesel-powered.

    This will all change in October, when the world’s first pure electric zero-emission doubledecker bus, designed and built by Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD, will enter service in London.

    The electric doubledecker bus represents a technology breakthrough in public transportation, said Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Auto Europe.

    “In the past, electric vehicle manufacturers have produced electric buses with three batteries – at the vehicle’s front, back and top – but this design would not work with the doubledecker bus. BYD’s advanced technology is able to make the batteries more compact, so the battery on top of the bus is no longer required,” he said.

    “London has the most dense population in Europe and has the highest visibility of doubledecker buses. London is replacing 700 to 800 doubledecker buses every year, so there is a big market.”

    According to Ho, the inspiration to supply doubledecker buses to London came about two years ago when Wang Chuanfu, chairman of BYD, met with London mayor Boris Johnson.

    “Boris Johnson said to our chairman, ‘If you can make it, I will buy it’.

    “Actually, electric cars came before gasoline cars, but because of the weakness of the batteries, gasoline cars became more successful. But now is the time for electric cars to take over gasoline cars,” Ho said, explaining that the environmental benefit and the fuel cost savings of electric vehicles give them a distinct advantage.

    Denis Naberezhnykh, the head of ultra-low emission vehicle and intelligent transportation system technology at the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, praised BYD’s achievement.

    “Until now, fully electric doubledecker buses have been considered unfeasible. This is mainly due to the competing requirements for battery space and passenger capacity,” Naberezhnykh said.

    He says unlike their single-decker counterparts, doubledecker buses in London typically cannot accommodate batteries on the roof due to the height limits of the vehicle.

    “A purely electric doubledecker bus not only provides further options for the electrification of London’s bus fleet, but with growing pressure to improve air quality in cities and the impending introduction of the ultra low emission zone in London, it provides another way of reducing emissions,” Naberezhnykh said. The zone is set to launch by 2020.

    “Over the next few years, we can expect to see a growing shift toward the electrification of public transport vehicles, as we seek to reduce air pollutants in urban centres and improve local air quality. Ensuring that these vehicles are able to operate the demanding duty cycles without excessive charging time requirements will be a vital factor in accelerating this shift.”

    London has already introduced hybrid buses in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of public transport.

    The latest development is the New Routemaster bus, designed by English designer Thomas Heatherwick, which is 15% more fuel efficient than the existing hybrid buses and 40% more efficient than conventional diesel doubledeckers.

    The first New Routemaster vehicles, nicknamed “Boris buses” after the mayor of London, began service on a limited number of routes in 2012, and it is planned that more than 600 of the buses will enter passenger service by 2016.

    BYD chose London for the launch of the all-electric doubledecker bus because of the vehicle’s iconic significance, but the same technology can be applied to many other markets, including European markets such as Germany and Asian markets such as Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

    Many of these markets would require localisation of design to suit customer needs, for example, with regards to wheelchair access, but the core technology of battery, control system and electric drivetrain would all be the same, according to Ho.

    The first batch of BYD doubledecker buses will consist of five vehicles, all manufactured in China. Ho says BYD will explore the possibility of local manufacturing if the quantity supplied increases.

    BYD won’t disclose the cost of the buses, explaining that it is highly dependent on customer specifications and volume, but says the electric buses can help save about 70% of the costs of fuel, producing long-term savings.

    The latest New Routemaster costs £325,000 each, compared with £200,000 for an existing hybrid vehicle, according to the mayor’s office.

    “For a bus, the largest part of the cost is actually the fuel, so over the long term electric vehicles can give a big cost saving effect,” Ho says.

    The main challenge for electric buses is the lack of charging points, as is the case with other electric vehicles, because the technology is still relatively new, he says.

    His team is working with Metroline, the London bus operator, to install charging infrastructure at bus depots, and is providing guidance on how to install the charging points, where to install them, what type of power requirements are needed. The company has invited Metroline engineers to China to see similar facilities.

    Two years ago, BYD supplied two single-decker buses to the London bus operator Go-Ahead, which are still in use. BYD also helped Go-Ahead with installing the charging points.

    The charging points are installed at bus depots, where the buses are parked at night, so the way the buses operate during the day is not affected. Most bus routes can be serviced for a full day on a single charge, needing only four hours to recharge during the night, using cheaper off-peak electricity, he says.

    Founded in Shenzhen in 2003, BYD is already a leader in electric vehicles in both its domestic and international markets.

    Ho says in Europe the company hopes to focus on the commercial vehicle market first, producing buses and taxis, because these vehicles can reach a wider user base and help BYD to build up a brand in Europe.

    BYD has supplied vehicles to many countries, including Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, the UK and Spain. Its European headquarters is in the Netherlands.(And BYD is just one of many Chinese bus makers that have supplied vehicles to customers all over the world,including the US and Japan:azn:

    Looking ahead, Ho is optimistic about growth in the use of electric vehicles in Europe, because cities are becoming increasingly densely populated with many people preferring to live in the city, creating a big demand on public transport.

    Meanwhile, the environmental credentials of the electric vehicles is also a big contributor to this trend, as European cities move increasingly to reduce pollution, he says.

    According to China’s ministry of industry and information technology, some 19,000 plug-in electric cars, buses and trucks were produced in China in May. The International Energy Agency says China ranks third on the list of countries using pure electric cars, with 80,000 sold since 2008.
     
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    You are right,you should take this matter with the concerned Volvo officials