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Luxembourg's bus operator Sales-Lentz has announced the purchase of 6 brand new 7700 hybrid Volvo buses. This is the first firm purchase order of the recently-released model and means the first unit will hit the streets by the end of 2009, with the remaining five coming in 2010. The contract was signed in front of the Luxembourger Minister of Environmental Affairs, who considers the widespread use of hybrid buses a key step to curbing the small country's carbon emissions as well as reducing nois

Although European cities have a lot of the latest trends in urban mobility, there aren't many hybrid buses on their streets. Volvo thinks that this could be a good moment to introduce hybrid buses, and has recently introduced the 7700 model. Claimed to reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent, Volvo says the bus will pays for itself in 5 to 7 years. It produces 30 percent less CO2 and 40 to 50 percent fewer particles and nitrogen oxides. Called I-SAM, the hybrid transmission is based on current I-S