Volvo electric bus at Milan show
A new electric bus developed by Volvo was displayed at the UITP event in Milan this week. The vehicle is expected to be commercially launched in 2017. The concept vehicle on show is 10.7m long and carries up to 86 passengers. Its energy consumption was described as about 80% lower than that of corresponding diesel buses. It is part of the manufacturer’s range of electrified buses, which includes the Volvo 7900 Hybrid and the Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid.
As part of its proposed turnkey approach, Volvo Buses can team up with global partners Siemens and ABB to offer complete solutions for the electric infrastructure, including the smart conductive charging. The manufacturer can also cooperate with local partners for providing workshop, depot and traffic management. The new electric bus is currently being tested in regular traffic in Gothenburg, Sweden where it forms part of the ElectriCity cooperative venture that develops, demonstrates and evaluates innovative solutions for future sustainable public transport.