Volvo Buses has signed a final agreement with Egyptian company MCV to produce bodies for its 7900 Electric and 7900 Electric Articulated electric city buses and, later, an electric intercity bus. The start of production is planned for 2024.
The first electric buses with chassis from Volvo and bodies from MCV are scheduled to come to the market in 2025. As is known, Volvo Buses had decided not to produce complete buses in Europe in the future. So a partner was sought for the main structure. The production agreement that has now been signed follows a declaration of intent concluded by both companies in April 2023.
As part of the new business model in Europe and the agreement with MCV, Volvo Buses says it will continue to be the point of contact for customers about spare parts and services, for new offers and for customers who already have Volvo buses in their fleet. .
Volvo Buses will continue to manufacture chassis including electric drives, and existing production of these at two Swedish plants in Borås and Uddevalla will also be retained. Volvo’s plant in Wroclaw, Poland, where the chassis bodies are currently manufactured, is scheduled to close in the first quarter of 2024. The body and interior designs will come from MCV in the future.
MCV or Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles is a company from Egypt which, as reported, also wants to base itself in Germany with its electric city bus. MCV has plants in Egypt, Singapore and South Africa and was established as Daimler’s main agent. Since 2006, MCV has been producing cars under its brand name, which are mostly based on chassis from other manufacturers – for example from Mercedes-Benz, but also from Volvo Buses.
“By entering into an agreement with MCV, they can now manufacture our bodies, allowing us to offer customers in Europe the full range of Volvo city and medium buses,” said Dan Pettersson, Senior Vice President at Volvo Buses. “MCV is the perfect partner with the skills and ability to meet the high demands of our European customers.”