Volvo has received what it says is the largest single order to date for electric buses in Europe. Starting in 2020, Volvo Buses will deliver 157 electric articulated buses to French public transit operator Transdev. The buses will operate on a number of routes in Gothenburg, Sweden.
As they produce less noise and emissions than conventional buses, the e-buses will be able to operate in sensitive areas or zones with special restrictions.
Transdev is ordering Volvo’s 7900 Electric model, which can carry 150 passengers and boasts an energy consumption 80% lower than that of a corresponding diesel bus. The buses will be charged at quick-charge stations along the route, using the OppCharge charging interface.
Transdev is still buying new fossil fuel buses – the latest order also includes 27 Volvo Euro VI diesel buses.
Volvo Buses President Håkan Agnevall said, “Electromobility creates new, exciting opportunities for urban planning since we now get emission-free and quiet public transport that can operate closer to the city’s residents. Volvo aims to be a leader in increased electrification and to be a partner for cities that wish to implement long-term sustainable public transport solutions for their inhabitants.”