Volvo Electric Hybrid in-service first
Volvo’s new 7900 Electric Hybrid bus entered scheduled service for the first time on 18 December running on the Innovation Route 109 in Hamburg, Germany. The vehicle incorporates a Euro6 engine, an electric motor and plug-in technology. Charging takes place at the end stop using a pantograph that is integrated with the charging station. The complete charging process takes six minutes. The route will be used by the public transport company in Hamburg, the Hamburger Hochbahn AG (Hochbahn), to run comparative tests of innovative drive technologies under the strict everyday conditions of scheduled services. The city of Hamburg intends that, from 2020, only emission free buses will be acquired by the city. Alongside three Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses, Volvo’s diesel hybrid buses in both 18m articulated and 12m versions will also be tested on the route, as well as battery fuel cell buses and fuel cell buses from other manufacturers.
President and CEO of the Volvo Group, Olof Persson, said, ‘We are delighted that our new electric hybrid bus will serve the Innovation Route 109. For us, the electric hybrid bus represents the current peak of our successful cooperation with Hamburger Hochbahn AG. Together, we have reached our shared goal, making public transport more efficient, quieter and more sustainable. We will continue our cooperation here in Hamburg with sustainable, low-noise vehicles.’