Volvo Buses Disinfection Unit Helps Coach Operators in Sweden
Coach companies have been hit hard by the pandemic over the past year, and in many parts of Europe the tourism industry is more or
Coach companies have been hit hard by the pandemic over the past year, and in many parts of Europe the tourism industry is more or less stagnant. For family-owned Hellbergs Buss in Skövde in Sweden charter services are an important part of the business and in 2019, the company invested in three new coaches: two Volvo 9900s and one Volvo 9700. During the pandemic, the buses were mainly used for school transport and train replacement services instead. Sascha Meurer runs Meurer Touristik, a coach company based near Cologne, Germany. Just like Hellbergs Buss, Meurer Touristik runs replacement buses for trains. They also have permanent assignments where they drive disabled and elderly people to jobs and daytime activities. Before the pandemic, tourism accounted for 50 per cent of the company’s operations, and last year the company’s bus fleet was strengthened with a Volvo 9900. Safety for drivers and passengers has been the highest priority over the past year and installing air purifiers in their buses was an obvious decision. Hellbergs Buss in Sweden and Meurer Touristik in Germany are two companies that installed the air purifiers in their coaches during the pandemic. The ECO3 disinfection unit that produces ozone gas is one of the most effective ways to protect drivers and passengers against bacteria and viruses.
The ECO3 disinfection unit is one of the health and safety products that Volvo Buses is offering to help customers increase safety on their coaches during the pandemic. The unit continuously produces ozone gas which cleans the air and reduces the number of particles and organic substances on all surfaces it comes in contact with. It provides comprehensive disinfection of the bus’s interior and is one of the most effective ways of protecting drivers and passengers from bacteria and viruses.
HOW THE ECO3 WORKS
The ECO3 disinfection unit is one of the health and safety products that Volvo Buses is offering its coach customers within the Clean & Care programme.
An ozone generator in the climate system constantly produces active oxygen. The air flows through the filter and about a hundred air ducts before it reaches the interior of the bus.
The active oxygen disinfects the bus by fighting viruses and bacteria on all interior surfaces. It disinfects everything from the bus seats, handles and glass panels to hard-to-reach surfaces that can only be accessed with the help of air currents.
The ECO3 can be installed in both new and old models.
The ECO3 disinfection unit has been tested and validated by the independent test institutes SGS and INTA. It has been proved to be very efficient against bacteria, viruses, and other organic pollutants.