Bus 712 is a Volvo B5RLEH diesel-hybrid bus, with Bustech VSTH body, which is being evaluated by ACTION.
When a trial of three plug-in electric buses planned for 2017 did not proceed, Transport Canberra sought tenders for “alternative energy” buses which could be evaluated for possible purchase. This vehicle, built to Transport NSW specifications in 2015, was offered for lease by Volvo.
The B5RLEH is fitted with a 4.76 litre 4-cylinder Euro V diesel engine and a 120 kW electric motor. According to reports, it uses one quarter the diesel of a control bus (model not specified).
It entered service in late August 2017 and is expected to remain with ACTION until September 2018.