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Säffle bodied B10BLE in Finland
|Body and chassis|
|Floor type||Low floor|
|Engine||Volvo THD103/THD104/DH10A (Diesel)
Volvo THG103/GH10A/GH10B/GH10C (CNG/biogas)
The Volvo B10BLE is a low-entry bus chassis manufactured by Volvo in Sweden. It was popular in Australia, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. It was launched around 1992 with the engine mounted on the rear overhang of the bus. It was the successor of the citybus version of Volvo B10B and is used as a base for single-deck buses worldwide. The B10BLE was available in diesel powered format, and later in a compressed natural gas powered format with the fuel tanks on the roof of the bus.
Its low-floor design was widely promoted by Volvo when it was first launched, on the basis of added convenience to the passengers, and the increase in transport efficiency due to the low-floor design. This bus was succeeded by the Volvo B7L, Volvo B7RLE, Volvo B12B and Volvo B12BLE.
The Volvo B10BLE features a Volvo DH10A engine with a displacement of 9,600 cc (586 cu in). It is an inline four-stroke six-cylinder diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler. The engine has a power output of either 245 or 285 bhp (183 or 213 kW). The engine is able to meet Euro 2 emissions limits.
Optionally available is a Volvo GH10-series (GH10A, GH10B, GH10C) natural gas or biogas engine. All generations of this engine are inline four-stroke six-cylinder spark-ignition engines with a turbocharger and intercooler. The GH10A and GH10B engines were lean-burn engines and the GH10C is a "mixed-lean" engine, operating on an optimised balance between stoichiometric and lean-burn combustion strategies. Power ratings vary from 245 bhp (183 kW) in the GH10A to 290 bhp (220 kW) in the uprated version of the GH10C. The GH10C is able to meet Euro 4 emissions limits.
In the United Kingdom, many of the B10BLEs had Wright Renown bodywork, and a small number received Alexander ALX300 bodywork. The original Plaxton Prestige also featured the Volvo chassis as an option, but very little of these combinations were ever built.
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