Victorian Minister for Trade & Investment, Innovation & the Digital Economy and Small Business, Philip Dalidakis MP joined Volgren CEO Peter Dale, getting a first hand look at the company’s manufacturing process and to inspect a completed low-floor city bus before the vehicle is bound for Tokyo.
The bus is one of 30 units that are soon to be shipped to Tokyo Metropolitan Government who operate around 1,450 buses in the Greater Tokyo region.  The Optimus low-floor city buses built on a Scania NUB E6 chassis will be the first of their kind in Japan.
Built in Dandenong, the buses are 100 per cent compliant to Japanese vehicle specifications including the country’s complex onboard passenger information systems, ticketing equipment and emergency exit requirements.
The visit from Minister Dalidakis follows a delegation from Tokyo Metropolitan Government who were on hand to inspect and finalise the first two homologation units in March this year.
Volgren’s latest partnership with Tokyo Metropolitan Government, is one of four operator relationships that Volgren has established, including their ongoing association with Japan’s largest bus operator, the Nishitetsu Railway Company.
Volgren Chief Executive Peter Dale said Volgren have built a reputation in Japan for manufacturing high quality, niche vehicles in areas that local manufacturers currently do not supply into.”
“There’s currently no local Japanese bus body manufacturer producing a complete low floor bus with the only other option being buses from Europe, that are non-compliant to Japanese regulations and not equipped with any Japanese specific equipment upon delivery to the customer.”
“This ready to roll solution is well received by operators and is one of the key planks to our success in Japan” Dale said.