Dutch city of Leiden to get 23 Volvo electric buses

Volvo Electric Bus ABB OppCharge

Volvo Buses has secured an order for 23 fully electric buses from multinational public transport company Arriva, which has operations in 14 countries across Europe. The new e-buses will operate in the city of Leiden in the province of South Holland. Deliveries will take place between Q1 and Q3 in 2019.

Volvo is selling the buses as a turnkey package, and will take care of vehicle maintenance at a fixed monthly price. The buses, each of which has a battery capacity of 200 kWh, will be fast-charged using four ABB charging stations. The new stations will be based on the OppCharge open interface, meaning they can also be used by other electrified bus makes.

Volvo says energy consumption for its electric buses is about 80 percent lower than for legacy diesel vehicles.

“With shared sustainability ambitions, the province of Zuid-Holland, Arriva and Volvo are able to make the public transport of a complete city emission-free in one go,” said Anne Hettinga, CEO Arriva the Netherlands.


Source: Volvo Buses

  • Dennis Worley

    I wonder if Volvo can compete with BYD in the bus market globally?
    what do others think?

    • soldierboy001

      Whilst I like and trust the BYD buses I am sure there is room for others and the Volvo OPPCharge system will suite some whereas all day running will suite others. All day running becomes a problem, I believe, when you get a garage of lets say 100 buses, but I could be wrong.