Volvo Buses recently took its largest order to date for electric buses, an order for 25 Volvo 7900 Electric buses from the city of Trondheim in Norway.
To be more specific, the city’s public transportation organization, AtB, ordered the 25 new all-electric buses with the plan for 4 routes within the city to be electrified. The routes are each between 12 and 15 kilometers in length. Operation of the new buses is tentatively scheduled to begin in August 2019.
This order follows AtB’s earlier purchase of a number of hybrid buses from Volvo Buses back in 2010.
The press release provides more: “With the acquisition by operator Tide Buss of a total of 35 electric buses, including the 25 Volvo buses, Trondheim will have the largest electric bus fleet in Norway.
“… The fully electric buses are being sold as a complete turnkey package whereby Volvo takes care of all vehicle and battery maintenance at a fixed monthly cost. The buses will be fast-charged using opportunity charging at the end stops. The charging stations will be based on an open interface known as OppCharge, which means they can be used by other electrified bus makes too. The buses will run on renewable energy so they will be entirely emission-free. Energy consumption for Volvo’s electric buses is about 80% lower than for corresponding diesel buses.”
The President of Volvo Buses, Håkan Agnevall, commented on the news: “This is a milestone for our long-term commitment to the electromobility transformation of public transport. We are delighted to establish the first large-scale system of fully electric buses in Norway in cooperation with Tide Buss, a pioneer in sustainable city transportation. Electrically powered bus operations is the most energy-efficient solution and contribute to a far better environment for everyone who lives, travels or spends time in the city. This is a trend that we naturally want to boost.”
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