The first fully electric bus line in Gothenburg, Sweden, recently opened (on June 15) — bringing the region one step closer to transitioning away from diesel buses entirely.
The emissions-free, and nearly silent, buses on the new all-electric Bus Route 55 are also apparently being provided with electricity via hydroelectric and wind energy facilities — meaning that the bus route is about as “green” as it gets.
In addition to the under-the-hood improvements (electric engines, fast-charging hookups, etc), the new bus route also features buses outfitted with a variety of customer-oriented changes — power outlets and indoor bus stops, amongst other things.
A recent press release provides more information:
Buses powered completely by renewable energy will now be part of Gothenburg’s public transport system. Bus route 55 has three completely electrically driven buses and seven electric hybrid buses, all of them from Volvo Buses. The buses on the route, which runs from Chalmers Johanneberg to Chalmers Lindholmen, through the center of Gothenburg, are equipped with onboard wi-fi and phone charging facilities.
The buses run on batteries that are quickly recharged with renewable electricity at the terminal stops. The Chalmers Lindholmen stop has an indoor terminal, which is made possible by the fact that the buses are silent and emission-free.
“The Volvo Group aims to be the world leader in sustainable transport solutions. A unique collaboration in Gothenburg enables us to launch the electric bus route here and remain a leader in the development of future public transport,” stated Niklas Gustafsson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Volvo Group.
The new route is intended to serve as a showcase for new bus transport solutions — ideally working to spur fast adoption of such technologies. As well as improving local public transportation options, of course.
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