Swedish bus maker Volvo has just concluded tests of its new electric bus on the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city. The bus was tested amid regular traffic to study it in real word conditions. Volvo says that it is fine tuning the bus before launching it on June 15, 2015 in Gothenburg itself.
The bus is 10.7 metres long and can accommodate up to 86 passengers. The driver sits in the centre of the bus a la the Mclaren F1 hypercar. Volvo says that the bus is designed to offer a modern and welcoming atmosphere. The bus is fitted with sockets to charge mobile phones as well as has onboard WiFi.
Volvo says that a new bus route between Lindholmen and Chalmers/Johanneberg in Gothenburg will be started from mid-June. Three of its all-electric and seven of its hybrid buses will ply on this route. The buses are equipped with quick-charge battery packs that can be replenished using renewable electricity. The energy consumption of the bus is 80 per cent lower than that of diesel buses, says Volvo.
The new bus route is part of a cooperative venture called ElectriCity, which is a collaboration between researchers, industry and city planners. The purpose of ElectriCity is to develop and evaluate future based, sustainable transport.
Speaking about the new electric bus Hkan Agnevall, president of Volvo Buses said, 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."
He also spoke about passenger amenities saying, For instance, all boarding and exiting is quick and convenient via an extra-wide door opening with a low entry in the middle of the bus. Here there is a large area with a low, flat floor to make things easier for passengers with child buggies or wheelchairs."
The bus will be commercially produced 2017 onwards.
|Quiet, exhaust-free and passenger-friendly. Volvo Buses' new electric bus is now being tested for the first time in regular traffic in Gothenburg. Ahead of its official premiere on June 15 there remain some technological fine-tuning and driver training. What is more, it will be shown at the renowned public-transport fair in Milan. 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. 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, demonstrates and evaluates innovative solutions for future sustainable public transport. Before it enters regular operations Volvo's new electric bus will also be shown at the large UITP public-transport show in Milan on June 8-10. UITP brings together public transport purchasers from all over the world who come to see the latest developments in the industry. "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. Passenger wishes have also shaped the design of the new electric buses in several ways. "For instance, all boarding and exiting is quick and convenient via an extra-wide door opening with a low entry in the middle of the bus. Here there is a large area with a low, flat floor, to make things easier for passengers with child buggies or wheelchairs." Volvo's designers aimed to give the bus a modern and welcoming atmosphere. The interior is bright and airy and there are electrical power sockets for passengers to recharge their mobile phones. The bus features onboard Wi-Fi. Although the bus is just 10.7 metres long (more than a metre shorter than a conventional bus) it can carry up to 86 passengers. The central driver's seat contributes to high passenger capacity. Commercial launch in 2017 The Volvo Buses range of electrified buses includes the previously launched Volvo 7900 Hybrid, which has been a major commercial success with more than 2000 units sold, and the Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid which was launched in autumn 2014. Unlike these two, the new electric bus is a concept vehicle. Series production of all-electric Volvo buses is scheduled for 2017. The electric bus is part of ElectriCity Traffic with electric buses on route 55 in Gothenburg is a result of ElectriCity. This is a cooperative venture between the research fraternity, industry and city planners, for the purpose of developing, demonstrating and evaluating next-generation sustainable public transport. Among the participants are Volvo Group, Chalmers, the Swedish Energy Agency, Region Västra Götaland, Västtrafik, Keolis, the Municipality of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, Lindholmen Science Park and Johanneberg Science Park.|