Volvo to launch new Electric Hybrid at IAA
Volvo is to officially launch its new 7900 Electric Hybrid at Germany’s IAA Commercial Vehicles in September. Its plug-in technology reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide by up to 75%, compared to a conventional diesel bus. Total energy consumption is reduced by 60%. Three Volvo Electric Hybrids have run in a field test in Gothenburg the past year, which has verified the reduction in energy consumption and emissions. The vehicle can run ‘silently’ in electric mode for up to 70% of the route. For greater flexibility, it can run as an electric bus in selected areas, but performs as a hybrid on any route. Charging at end stations takes six minutes, according to the company. Serial production is scheduled to commence early 2016.