Company receives order from Transdev for supply of electric articulated buses
Volvo Buses announced it has received the largest-ever single order for electric buses in Europe, with the requirement to supply 157 electric articulated buses to Transdev, beginning 2020. These electric buses will operate on a number of routes in Gothenburg. Introduction of these buses will significantly reduce emissions and noise, and they will be able to operate in sensitive areas or zones with special restrictions, Volvo noted.
The buses to be delivered will be the recently-launched 7900 Volvo Electric Articulated model, which can carry 150 passengers with an energy consumption that is 80 % lower when compared to a comparative diesel bus. The Volvo Electric Articulated bus combines high passenger capacity with low operating costs, the company noted. It said the buses will be charged at quick-charge stations along the route, using the industry-common charging interface OppCharge, in order to ensure the most-efficient operation possible. In addition to the electric buses, the order includes 27 Euro VI buses for regional operations, running on biodiesel.
Håkan Agnevall, President, Volvo Buses, said this large order confirms that electric buses are already recognised as a sustainable and financially viable solution for demanding high-capacity public transport needs. Electromobility creates new exiting opportunities for urban planning since we now get emission-free and quiet public transport that can operate closer to the city’s residents, he added. Agnevall noted that Volvo aims to be a leader in increased electrification and to be a partner for cities that wish to implement long-term sustainable public transport solutions for their inhabitants.
The company is currently Europe’s leading operator of electric buses and knows what challenges there are with the transition to electric propulsion, noted Gunnar Schön, CEO of Transdev Sweden. “For us as a mobility supplier, it is vital to always be able to offer passengers good service and functional vehicles, but it is also important that our drivers have a good working climate. New buses, in particular quiet electric buses, not only result in cleaner cities – they also improve the everyday working environment,” explained Schön.