Three of the first examples of MCV’s new EvoRa body on the Volvo B8RLE chassis have gone to Irish operator J. J. Kavanagh & Sons, following the award of a new contract.
They join the Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny company’s existing 80-strong fleet. Next year it celebrates its 100th anniversary, and has been awarded a new contract by Transport for Ireland, the National Transport Authority, for a service operated between Naas and Blanchardstown in Dublin, 18r per day, 364 days a year, for which the company needed a vehicle robust enough to handle this demanding route.
Company director J.J. Kavanagh says: “The Volvo B8RLE offers the type of heavy chassis required to operate this new service, which is why we have turned to Volvo to supply this important order for us.
“Particularly attractive to us is the new EvoRa bodywork, which has just been launched. Among its many excellent features and benefits are its wheelchair accessibility and three-point seatbelts, both elements are very important for the convenience and safety of our passengers.
“We have a good, ongoing relationship with Irish Commercials in Naas, which will be providing full servicing to these vehicles and this was an important consideration when we made our vehicle choice. We’re very much looking forward to seeing them enter service in early March.”
David Porter, retail sales manager for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, says: “We’re pleased to be supplying these three new buses to one of Ireland’s longest established and respected operators. We’re particularly excited about the new EvoRa from MCV and this order represents the first vehicles featuring this bodywork to be delivered in Ireland.”