Volvo Buses’ new electric bus is now being tested for the first time in regular traffic in Gothenburg. Ahead of its official première on June 15, 2015, the bus is undergoing some final technological fine-tuning and driver training. It will also be shown at the UITP public-transport show in Milan on June 8-10, 2015. Series production of all-electric Volvo buses is scheduled for 2017.
Mid-June will see the start of traffic on route 55 between Lindholmen and Chalmers/Johanneberg in Gothenburg. This new route will be served by three all-electric buses and seven electric hybrids, all from Volvo Buses. The vehicles are equipped with battery packs that can be quick-charged with renewable electricity at their end terminals. According to Volvo, energy consumption of the electric buses is about 80 per cent lower than that of corresponding diesel buses. The new route is the result of a cooperative venture known as ElectriCity, which develops, a cooperative venture between the research fraternity, industry and city planners, for the purpose of developing, demonstrating and evaluating next-generation sustainable public transport.
“Right now we are carrying out final testing to ensure everything works just as it should when regular traffic gets under way. This marks a major milestone in our development of new solutions for electrified buses. Quiet and entirely exhaust-free operation will contribute both to a better urban environment and reduced climate impact, while passengers get a more pleasant ride,” says Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses.
At 10.7 metres long, the electric bus can carry up to 86 passengers. The central driver’s seat contributes to high passenger capacity. Boarding and exiting has been made quick and convenient via an extra-wide door opening with a low entry in the middle of the bus. Further convenience for passengers with child buggies or wheelchairs have been provided with a low, flat floor inside. The interiors feature large windows, which make it bright and airy. There are electrical power sockets for passengers to recharge their mobile phones. The bus also gets on-board Wi-Fi.