Volvos in futuristic bus network
Volvo buses powered completely by electricity from renewable sources are planned for use in Gothenborg, Sweden. They are due to be rolled out on a futuristic transport network in 2015. The services involve the creation and trial run of new bus stop solutions, traffic routing systems, safety concepts, energy supply and business models. The hope is that the project, known as ElectriCity, will attract more commuters to use public transport. Behind the initiative is the Volvo Group, in cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency, Region Vastra Gotaland, the City of Gothenburg, Goteborg Energi, Vasttrafik, Lindholmen Science Park and Johanneberg Science Park.
President and CEO of Volvo, Olof Persson, said, ‘This represents an entirely new mode of travel and will allow for the public-transport system to contribute to a more pleasant urban environment. A silent and emissions-free public-transport system will enable the inclusion of locations in the city that are currently off limits. It is immensely satisfying to be able to launch this in our hometown, in cooperation with Region Vastra Gotaland and the City of Gothenburg.’