Volvo Buses has received the largest single order for electric buses in Europe, the company announced, which includes 27 Euro VI biodiesel-fuelled buses for regional operations.
The company will deliver the 157 electric articulated buses and 27 biodiesel buses to Swedish operator Transdev from 2020. The buses, which will operate on routes in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, will result in the reduction of emissions and noise.
“It is immensely gratifying that we have secured Europe’s largest ever single order for electric buses – no less than 157 buses,” commented Håkan Agnevall, president of Volvo Buses. “Volvo is a pioneer in electromobility and sustainable public transport. We have a holistic system perspective for cities that encompasses vehicles, services and charging infrastructure. We focus on solutions that offer high reliability and high service levels for route operators and passengers. This large order confirms that electric buses are already recognised as a sustainable and financially viable solution for demanding high-capacity public transport needs.”
The electric buses will all be the recently launched 7900 Volvo electric articulated model, which can carry 150 passengers with an energy consumption that is 80% lower than that of a diesel bus.
In addition to the electric buses, the 27 biodiesel-fuelled buses are Euro VI certified, and will be used for regional operations.
“Transdev is today Europe’s leading operator of electric buses and we know what challenges there are with the transition to electric propulsion,” added Gunnar Schön, CEO of Transdev Sweden. “We’ve therefore been extremely thorough in choosing a partner with a holistic approach, a partner that will be able to deliver both buses and charging infrastructure on time and with excellent uptime. Being able to announce that we have chosen Volvo as our partner for city bus operations in Volvo’s home city of Gothenburg is of course particularly satisfying.
“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.”
Agnevall concluded: “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. 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.”
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