Volvo’s 7900 Electric bus is now available with battery packs as large as 250 kilowatt-hours (kWh) — greatly boosting the potential range and utility of the offering — a new press release has revealed.
In addition the max battery pack capacity option of 250 kWh, the 7900 Electric is also available with smaller battery pack size options of 200 kWh or 150 kWh.
“This is a very important reinforcement of our electromobility product range, giving our customers maximum flexibility in their daily operations. During peak hours the buses can operate continuously without stopping to recharge. Instead, the batteries can be charged once traffic is at off-peak levels. On shorter routes, they can even run throughout the day and be charged at night,” commented Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.
“As the demand for electric buses has grown very rapidly both in Europe and the rest of the world, it feels really good that we can offer cities an electric-bus system that provides better preconditions than ever to switch to sustainable, quiet and emission-free public transport.”
As with earlier iterations, the new Volvo 7900 Electric line can be fast charged via any OppCharge-based systems — meaning that while perhaps not quite as convenient as a diesel bus, the offerings can function pretty effectively in most circumstances as daily-use city buses.
The new line can reportedly also be charged via CCS-based cable systems as well.
“Operators can choose the charge interface that best suits each particular occasion. For instance, CCS is suitable for high-power charging when the bus is parked in the depot,” explained Johnny Lidman, Product Manager City Buses Europe at Volvo Buses.
First deliveries for the new line are expected by the end of 2018.
The new Volvo 7900 Electric is being launched on the market and has its premiere showing at the Busworld international bus fair in Kortrijk, Belgium, on October 20 to 25. The first models of Volvo’s new generation of electric buses are expected to become operational at the end of 2018.
The press release provides a quick overview of lineup selling points:
◊ All-electric propulsion, two-axle 12-metre city bus with low floor and three doors.
◊ Quiet and emission-free operation.
◊ 80 % lower energy consumption than corresponding diesel bus.
◊ Battery capacity 150, 200 or 250 kWh.
◊ Can be charged via OppCharge or CCS (250 kWh charge only via CCS)
◊ Operating range up to 200 km depending on topography and driving conditions.
◊ Volvo’s advanced steering system Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) and the safety-enhancing Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection Warning are available as options.
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