Ultramodern plug-in buses go into service in Gothenburg

Volvo Electric Bus

Volvo’s home town, the Swedish city of Gothenburg, has become something of a center for electric bus research, as the company operates pilots of electric and plug-in hybrid buses, some using dynamic wireless charging.

This month the city opened its first fully operational route featuring electric buses. Bus route 55, which runs through the city center, has three pure electric and seven plug-in hybrid Volvo buses. The buses recharge at terminal stops using a roof-mounted apparatus.

Volvo Electric Bus

All the buses are powered solely by wind and hydroelectric power, and are billed as among the most modern in the world. They feature onboard WiFi and phone charging facilities, and passengers can enter and exit the buses from an indoor terminal, a welcome feature in snowy Sweden, and one that no diesel bus can hope to offer.

The electric buses were made possible by ElectriCity, a collaboration among  Volvo, the local university and several government agencies that is also developing new traffic management and energy supply systems.                        

“The Volvo Group aims to be the world leader in sustainable transport solutions. A unique collaboration in Gothenburg enables us to launch the electric bus route here and remain a leader in the development of future public transport,” says Niklas Gustafsson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Volvo Group.


Source: Volvo

  • brian_gilbert

    Ten busses. Why if they are so costeffective, pollution free and quiet, are they not in general use?

    • bytrain

      It’s a pilot program. There’s still much to learn before ramping up to full scale commercialization.

      • brian_gilbert

        Sorry, They have been proved to me for a few years. I presume they are still using diesel busses not just earlier battery electric busses.

  • EV Safe Charge

    Way to go Volvo, so awesome!!!

  • Electric Bill

    As mentioned, cold climes can be a good inducement to public transportation systems to offer indoor ingress/ egress to their buses and trains, and since fueled vehicles cannot do so, riders will find themselves helping to make diesel buses obsolete. And if those buses are powered at least in part by inductive charging plates below the roadway, municipalities can opt to double their value by offering them to private drivers to charge their cars whenever buses are not around to use them. To discourage car drivers from “squatting” on the inductive plates, the plates can be turned off whenever buses are approaching, and when traffic becomes congested in the charging areas; it would help to assure the smooth flow of traffic with stiff fines if someone deliberately malingers.

    Any city with chronically foul weather might benefit from such electric buses, too, though– New Orleans, for instance, or Portland.