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SBS7500D on Service 60

Overview

The Volvo B9TL is a low-floor double-decker bus built by Volvo Buses since 2002. It superseded the older Volvo B10TL (also known as the Super Olympian) and the Volvo B7TL, and was superseded by the Volvo B5TL in Europe. Production of the 3-axle B9TL is currently built, the 2-axle version has ceased production in 2013/2014 and was superseded by the Volvo B5TL.

SBS Transit

SBS Transit made a total purchase of 1,631 B9TLs between 2007 and 2015, some of which are purchased under Bus Service Enhancement Programme Scheme (BSEP), funded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). LTA also purchased 176 additional units in 2015 for the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), bringing the total number up to 1,807.

Under the Bus Contracting Model, most of the BSEP buses as well as the newer buses registered under the 'SG' prefix have been leased by the LTA to other operators.

For increased road safety, those newer Euro V buses that are currently operated by SBS Transit are progressively being fitted with the Mobileye 560 Advanced Driver Assistance System.

PSV International/ComfortDelGro Engineering

In 2004, SBS Transit announced its first purchase of 150 Euro III B9TLs at a cost of $71 million, which another 50 more in 2006 at a cost of S$29 million. They are the first wheelchair accessible buses ordered by SBS Transit, fitted with a manual wheelchair ramp at the exit. All 200 buses were bodied by ComfortDelGro Engineering, with kits from PSV International.

In 2011, these buses were fitted with LECIP Electronic Destination Signage (EDS)

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2

Batch 1

In 2009, SBS Transit announced a purchase of 150 Euro V B9TLs at a cost of $87 million. These buses were fitted with the Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork, produced by Wrightbus. As the bodywork was to be assembled by ComfortDelGro Engineering, Wrightbus assembled a demonstrator and shipped it to ComfortDelGro Engineering as an assembly reference. The demonstrator was built to Hong Kong specifications, and featured a spot on the upper deck windscreen where the Roadshow TV would be installed, a registration plate slot below the rear window, tree guards and a different flooring design. The tree guards were removed before the bus started service with SBS Transit.

Batch 2

In 2010, SBS Transit made a further purchase of 300 B9TLs at a cost of $110 million. The first 30 buses were built to the same low-entry specifications as the first batch of buses, while the remaining buses were built to a low-floor specification. Standing capacity was increased to 51 for the low-floor buses.

Batch 3

In 2012, SBS Transit made another purchase of 550 B9TLs at a cost of over $200 million. An unannounced additional order of 15 units was also added. These buses were built to the same specifications as the low-floor batch 2 buses.

SBS3921Z has Ventura sliding plug doors fitted.

Batch 4

In 2014, SBS Transit made a final purchase of another 415 B9TLs. An additional order of 176 units was added by the LTA in 2015. The interior now features a straight staircase and headrests for the side facing priority seats. Standing capacity was increased to 53.

Gemilang Coachwork

In 2013, SBS Transit also received a demonstrator from Gemilang Coachwork. It was built to the same specifications as the Wrightbus bodied batch 3 buses, and the interior design was also similar to the Wrightbus bodied buses. It featured daytime running LED lamps.

Specification Tables

PSV International/ComfortDelGro Engineering

Registration no. SBS7300P - SBS7499A
Vehicle bodywork PSV International/ComfortDelGro Engineering
Quantity 200
Year 2002, 2005 & 2006
Period of registration 17 May 2006 - 28 Sep 2006
Passenger capacity Seating (Upper deck): 53
Seating (Lower deck): 27
Standing: 44
Wheelchair bay: 1
Total: 124
Engine model Volvo D9A300 EM-EC01
Engine capacity 9364 cc
Emission standard Euro III
Transmission model ZF Ecomat II 6HP 602
Voith DIWA 864.3 (SBS7342T - SBS7346H, SBS7403B - SBS7447A)
ZF EcoLife 6 AP 1410 B (SBS7321D)
Power/torque 300 hp (220 kW) @ 1900 rpm / 1400 Nm @ 1100 - 1400 rpm
Air-con model Denso
EDS model LECIP
EDS controller model LECIP Driver Control Console
Seat model Vogelsitze System 750/3
Door model SMC Transit

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2

Batch 1 Batch 2 Batch 3 Batch 4
Registration no. SBS7500D - SBS7686B
(except registration numbers containing "4" in the third and fourth digit)
SBS3000G - SBS3238M & SBS3269Z
SBS3300R - SBS3329J
SBS7700T - SBS7729L
SBS3240E - SBS3268B, SBS3270T - SBS3299L
SBS3330D - SBS3448Z
SBS3600A - SBS3974X
SBS1Z - SBS23K
SBS3449X - SBS3523P
SG5000E - SG5145X
SG5176G - SG5185E
SG5300P - SG5405X

SG5410E-SG5412A
SG5546Y - SG5592M

Vehicle bodywork Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Vehicle bodywork assembler Wrightbus (SBS7500D)
ComfortDelGro Engineering
Quantity 150 300 565 405
1420 (Total)
Year 2010 & 2011 2011 & 2012 2012 - 2014 2015 & 2016
Period of registration 13 Sep 2010 - 26 Aug 2011 21 Sep 2011 - 28 Dec 2012 30 Jan 2013 – 18 June 2015 3 Aug 2015 - 2017
(Registration & deliveries are ongoing)
Passenger capacity Seating (Upper deck): 55
Seating (Lower deck): 27
Standing: 49 / 51 / 53
Wheelchair bay: 1
Total: 131 / 133 / 135
Engine model Volvo D9B310 EC06B
Engine capacity 9364 cc
9368 cc (SBS3240E - SBS3259C, SBS3330D - SBS3339E)
Emission standard Euro V
Transmission model ZF EcoLife 6 AP 1410 B Voith DIWA 864.5 ZF EcoLife 6 AP 1403 B
Power/torque 310 hp (228 kW) @ 1900 rpm / 1400 Nm @ 1100 - 1500 rpm
Air-con model Eberspächer Sütrak R 488
EDS model Hanover
LECIP
EDS controller model Hanover Eric+
LECIP Driver Control Console
Seat model Vogelsitze System 750/3
Door model SMC Transit
Ventura Systems (SBS3921Z)

Gemilang Coachwork

Registration no. SBS7777Y
Vehicle bodywork Gemilang Coachwork
Vehicle bodywork assembler
Quantity 1
Year 2013
Period of registration 22 Jan 2014
Passenger capacity Seating (Upper deck): 55
Seating (Lower deck): 27
Standing: 51
Wheelchair bay: 1
Total: 133
Engine model Volvo D9B310 EC06B
Engine capacity 9364 cc
Emission standard Euro V
Transmission model Voith DIWA 864.5
Power/torque 310 hp (228 kW) @ 1900 rpm / 1400 Nm @ 1100 - 1500 rpm
Air-con model Eberspächer Sütrak R 488
EDS model Hanover
LECIP
EDS controller model Hanover Eric+
LECIP Driver Control Console
Seat model Ster NewCity
Door model SMC Transit

Gallery

PSV International/ComfortDelGro Engineering

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2

Batch 1

Batch 2

Batch 3

Batch 4

Gemilang Coachwork

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