The Swedish city of Jönköping plans to electrify several bus routes by the end of next year. The Norwegian firm Vy Buss, which will operate the electric routes, has ordered 49 Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated buses, each of which can carry up to 120 passengers. The new e-buses are scheduled to enter operation in Jönköping in summer 2021.
The new buses will utilize zone management, a system of automatic speed regulation within specified areas, particularly areas of high pedestrian traffic near schools and hospitals. Volvo Buses and Vy Buss have undertaken route analyses in order to optimize the buses’ battery capacities.
“Through its engagement to make public transport more appealing, more efficient and more accessible, Jönköping is demonstrating how the city’s public transport system can become more sustainable,” says Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses. “This will be even more important as a means of keeping and attracting new passengers following the Covid-19 pandemic. Electromobility also opens up new opportunities for urban planning going forward.”
Source: Volvo Buses